Finding the Purpose Within
Understanding your Self through a psychoanalytic lens means to conceive your mind as being comprised of 3 primary components: Your biological drives within pushing out from the inside, forces of influence pressing upon you from the outside, and that mediator who is You, caught in the middle of an ongoing negotiation between everything inside you, and everything outside of you.
The internal component of impulses, instincts and drives is your Id that began at your conception. The external component comprised of those societal norms and cultural values imposed on you is your Superego found in your environment at birth. That self-consciousness that constantly negotiates between inner drives and outer influences is your Ego, constantly developing, learning and working with the aim to reach an acceptable agreement by which its existence may survive or thrive.
When you use your substance of choice, (or poison), you ultimately seek to suspend your Superego, that is to shut down or at least silence the voice of your higher morals and values. The reason you desire to shut down the voice of your Superego is naturally to set your Id free, so it may freely do as it Will with no restrain. Having put your Superego to sleep, your knowledge of what is right and what is wrong temporarily vanishes, and in its stead reigns your animal Id, a beast with no conscience. In that intoxicated state, you do and behave in ways you would otherwise be sorely ashamed of, crimes you could only commit if the voice of your morals and values is shut out, cutoff, made as if it does not exist.
Your addiction is simply an effort to continually silence your Superego, for you well know that when you don’t, it awakes so terrible in its wrath, lashing against you crippling your life. At the core of Existential therapeutic practice is a return to the full experience, embrace and celebration of your Superego, one you so wished but well failed to erase or ignore. A courageous return to face and commit to your core values is what can ultimately set you free.
The wounds that have come as a result of you violating your core values may be healed once you recognize there is no avoiding, no escaping, nor hiding from them. An enduring commitment to your core values are key to illuminate your core, that is your True Self. In the wake of your True Self that rises as a result of you peacefully and patiently accepting and integrating all the parts that comprise who you are in totality, you will develop a distaste for the chaos and morbidity of your addiction. Persevering in earnest commitment to your core values, you will find yourself in an embrace with all that is within and all that is without you, no longer fighting an addiction, but rather, increasingly motivated toward a deeper experience of love and kindness, inspired to have a richer experience of forgiving and forgiveness, and a finer experience of integrity and human dignity.
It is in reaching out from within to integrate and celebrate your Superego together with all that you are, that you may give your self a chance to experience levels of existence that will in time quietly and effortlessly overshadow your addiction, something you will find minor and distasteful compared to the major pleasure that comes from loving your true self. This is the work of Existential therapy.
The important thing in all of this is that you seek help for your drug addiction. Do not let fear keep you from the life you have always wanted. You do not need to fight this disease alone and any and all concerns that you have can be addressed as you move through the process of recovery. So call the professionals at Evolutions Treatment Center today, at 1-866-771-7091. We are standing by to help you finally overcome your addiction.