Avoiding emotions sounds awesome when you're in the middle of them, but long-term it's extremely unhealthy. Much better to deal with them when you're experiencing them than to try and put it off, which always leads to problems. Everyone needs a healthy outlet.
Personally, I'd recommend you get a good therapist. No amount of maturity, intelligence, or independence will ever obviate the need for a person to talk to. Trust me on that.
Good for you, Jason! That's a great story. I don't want to go into too much detail, other than to say that I'm around your age and I can relate to what you're going through.
Stay strong. Addiction's tough. They say that once it sinks its teeth into you, it never really goes away. It will eventually cease to be as much of a problem, but it will always lurk in the back of your mind. So, stay strong.
Thanks for asking. I think it had more to do with me being too immature to handle what I was dealing with and not having enough supports around me, by my own doing, to deal with everything. The exercise and diet was a step in a direction that allowed me to mature and deal with these issues in a more mature way. Where before I experienced extreme emotions when dealing with stressors I now tend to be more reasonable and realistic (usually anyway). Getting clean and changing my habits helped start me on that path. Being open with my clients started me on that path as well. Which is kind of neat to me that my clients were as much of a help to me as I hopefully was to them even if they were never aware of it.