How to Trust Your Authentic Voice After Addiction
Playing the Tape to the EndA quick way to assess your inner voice is a mental exercise called playing the tape to the end. Listen to your inner voice. If the voice tells you that it's okay to use, it's probably addiction speaking. Play out the entire scenario in your mind like a movie. Maybe it starts off by going to an old friend's house, and you both drink or use together. It shows you surviving the experience but playing the tape to the end forces you to look beyond. It shows you becoming depressed for giving in, which could possibly lead to another fix. It shows your parents, friends, or support systems possibly losing the trust you've fought so hard to regain. It shows you back on Day 1 of a treatment program after you fought your way through 30+ days of health and wellness. Now, do the same for that quieter voice, that voice that is crying out for you to listen but isn't strong enough to get your attention in the same way as addiction. This voice tells you to do almost anything except use. It reminds you that using just once can lead to an overdose. It can lead you back down the path you've worked so hard to walk away from. It shows you those negative scenarios and reminds you that there are myriad options for you in this moment other than a substance. But here's the best part--this voice shows you what it feels like to wake up the next day clean, sober, and proud. It shows you that you are stronger than your addiction. It shows you a new road to health and happiness.
Exercising Your Authentic VoiceWe know where the road of use and abuse takes us. It's time to try a new path, one that will guide us away from danger, toward a new future. Listen, lean in, and learn to decipher the voices that are guiding your way. Because at the end of the day, only you can decide which voice to listen to and which path to follow. You've chosen to listen to the addict, now, try listening to your heart. This can feel overwhelming and impossible on day one, but we don't walk into a gym on day one and deadlift 250. It takes time to work towards that goal. Every time we choose not to use, every time we pick a healthy coping mechanism, every time we attend group or individual therapy, we are giving that voice a platform and giving it the confidence to guide the way. Every positive step we take brings us one step closer to deadlifting 250. When in doubt, play that tape out!
Recovering from substance abuse isn't easy. It's a life-long process of turning away from dangerous behaviors and turning to yourself to find peace. Call Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center now if you or an adolescent you know is in need of support. Our residential treatment program can help you get clean and put you on the path to trusting your angel, rerouting your internal GPS to health, happiness, and self-love. Listen to that quiet voice and get help today: (662) 478-9463