Many of us develop substance abuse disorders as a means to cope with psychological and emotional trauma with which we are struggling. These traumas can also have a negative impact on our thought patterns, fostering instincts for deception, minimization, and repression within our psyche. These patterns of thought must be smashed if we are to remain sober, and it takes a concerted effort to retrain our brains in more positive, constructive thought processes. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin the transition from destructive thought processes to healthy ones.
Awareness is the first step towards enacting change in our minds and our lives, as it is impossible to effect change in that which we are unaware. The practice of meditation is recommended for those in recovery for this reason, as sitting in quiet reflection allows you to examine and understand the thoughts and feelings floating