If you’ve been struggling with addiction, you may be feeling guilt, shame, anger, hurt, sadness, and more. These feelings take place especially as we learn more about how we’ve hurt others, including ourselves. A reputable treatment center should be able to able to properly address these feelings of hurt and understand them, as well as what you need to do to move forward in your recovery. We all have a narrative for ourselves, and that narrative may change over time as we change and grow. You can still change your narrative from one of pain and addiction to one of growth and transformation.
At an early age, we form both positive and negative ideas about ourselves, influenced by genetics, environment, past experiences, and society. These opinions form into a pattern of thoughts over time, creating our self-perception. Perhaps your stream of thoughts was filled with more love and positivity at first, but later filled with more hatred and negativity as you experienced painful events in life. This contributes to mental illness and addiction, and many people self-medicate with substances to cope with this stream of thoughts.
The best part about rehabilitation is that you can work towards changing these thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy designed to help clients change older, negative thought patterns into newer, more positive and productive ones. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is another form of therapy that works to help clients change their narrative through accepting thoughts for what they are – thoughts. Mindfulness is yet another tool that you can use to build acceptance, forgiveness, and awareness in the present moment.
To redefine your narrative, you must work on it every single day. You must practice the tools you learn in your treatment program and develop a support system that you can rely on. You must work hard, even if you don’t feel like it. Let your life be your narrative. Change your story by doing things differently. Take the steps you need to take to become a better version of yourself, leading you towards a happier, healthier life.
If you’re seeking a mental health and/or substance abuse recovery treatment center, call us today at 855-412-2426. Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed treatment center with licensed, experienced professionals who care about your recovery. We have a variety of methods that we can try with you to see what works and will help you develop a customized treatment plan to best suit your needs. Make the decision to place your health and happiness as top priority and call us for a consultation.