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Finding the True You

Many of us enter into treatment with no concept of who we are. We have allowed ourselves to be defined solely by our addiction, often finding that we have very little else to talk about aside from drugs or alcohol. Our addictions became all-consuming, diminishing our self-worth and self-conception, to the point where nearly every thought we had was driven by the desire to feed into our addiction. Through the process of recovery, however, we begin to remove those layers and discover who we truly are. We begin to recognize that we are much greater and much more complex than simply “addict” or “alcoholic”.

One of the first steps we can take toward relieving our mental obsession with using is to recognize that we are separate from out thoughts. Our patterns of thinking are not a reflection of who we are, rather they are a symptom of the disease of addiction. Famed philosopher Rene Descartes once said, “I think, therefore I am”, implying that we truly are our thoughts, but Michael Singer, in his book “The Untethered Soul”, offers a different view. Singer posits that, rather than our thoughts being the self, the self is simply the observer of our thoughts. He explains, “I am the one who sees. From the back in here somewhere, I look out, and I am aware of the events, thoughts, and emotions that pass before me.” When we realize that our thoughts, especially in relation to our addiction, do not define use, we are able to sit back and observe rather than form an attachment with these thoughts. This “stepping back” from the nagging internal voice allows us to perceive our lives and interactions in a new way; soon we are able to respond to situations in a healthy manner rather than simply react at a gut-level. Renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, in his work “Stillness Speaks”, expands upon this concept: “When you think or speak about yourself, when you said, ‘I’, what you usually refer to is ‘me and my story.’ This is the ‘I’ of your likes and dislikes, fears and desires, the ‘I’ that is never satisfied for long. It is a mind-made sense of who you are, conditioned by the past and seeking to find its fulfillment in the future.” Recovery is about changing this “mind-made” story that we have created for ourselves and allowing our true inner-self to emerge. Our past traumas and addictions were only a part of our story, but do not define who we are.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with benzodiazepine addiction, Resilient House offers you the help you need. Cultivating resilience for lasting wellness, our co-ed programs offered on a full continuum of care provide holistic and clinical expertise for recovery. Our 50,000 square foot facility in Shreveport provides the tranquility and serenity you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. It’s time to live. Ready, set, go: 833-CHANGE1