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Will My Addictive Thoughts Stop?

The thoughts that course through an addict or alcoholic’s mind can be cunning, baffling, and powerful. The disease of addiction is one that is like no other disease in that it “talks” to those who have it. The things it tells us are full of conniving trickery that if listened to, will kill us. In recovery, we have to learn how to protect ourselves against this kind of thinking or else we will once again fall victim to our disease. Below are a few tips on how to stop addictive thinking in its tracks:

 

  1. Play the Whole Tape Through – Remember why you got sober. Think about the last time you drank or used, and ask yourself if you want to go back there. Consider the consequences of what will happen if you pick up again. Is it worth it?
  2. Call on Your People – Addiction is best tackled with a tribe by your side. Having a craving? Call someone and tell them. When people know you, you will be accountable to them, and they will be able to call you out when you’re heading in the wrong direction.
  3. Steer Clear of Triggers – Avoid the people, places, and things that could get the wheels of your addict brain turning. You have to make changes, even those you may not like in order to stay sober. New friends, a different home, a new job…whatever it takes to stay sober, do it.
  4. HALT – Avoid letting yourself get Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. Practice self care by eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising. If your mind starts churning about drinking or using, go for a walk.Sometimes just changing your environment makes a big difference.
  5. Get Active – Your body is meant to move, and your mind is much happier when you do. Exercise releases the feel-good chemicals we addicts and alcoholics love, so when you’re on shaky ground, sweat it out.
  6. Help Others – Addiction is a selfish disease, but recovery is about giving back. When you help someone else, you take the attention away from it being all about you, and in turn, it helps both of you stay sober.

 

 

 

If you don’t want to live addicted any longer, we can help. At the Serenity Recovery Center, we care about your recovery and your live. You are not alone in this. You can get sober, and your life can change. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Recovery is possible. Call now.