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How Can a Person Change Their Mind?

The natural pathways in the brain are a tangled web.  Neurotransmitters pass messages throughout the brain, in patterns.  Drugs and alcohol alter the pathways and create chaos in the way a person thinks.  Behaviors and compulsive actions begin to interrupt important relationships in personal and professional standpoints.  The person develops an addiction due to the mind and body craving the rewarding feelings.  The false euphoric feelings from substance abuse become harder to accomplish.  The tolerance to drugs and alcohol gives reason to use more and causes the individual discomfort and irritation until the person uses again.  

Habits and behaviors are difficult to change after the body has been through addiction.  Getting the neurotransmitters to change paths again takes a lot of personal growth.  Practicing therapeutic techniques and coping skills helps the person in recovery start new messages.  Treatment provides the resources to begin the process of changing the mind.  Working with a therapist will break through the emotions and advise the person in recovery on behaviors.  Having a counselor, friend, or therapist to help get through treatment gives the individual connection and understanding.  

Repetition of coping skills and practicing communication skills in group therapy will encourage the person in recovery.  Daily activities need to include the new techniques.  Eating better, working out, writing in a journal, using communicating skills, etc. can enhance the individual’s wellbeing.  Treatment can provide a game plan.  The person in recovery can decide what they would like the new life to be.  Setting goals and improving self-esteem will continue changing the person’s mind.  The individual realizes the potential they have and begin to grow.

To avoid relapse, the individual must continue treatment.  Although the person in recovery could feel they have changed thoughts and behaviors, the chance of relapse is still a high risk.  12 step programs and alumni programs can support future success in recovery.  Avoiding triggers such as places and people associated with previous drug and alcohol use will also encourage abstinence from substances.  Practicing meditations with motivational affirmations continues to build self-esteem.  The sober friends who have inspired the person in recovery can remind the individual they are not alone.  No one has to fight addiction by themselves.  Reaching out to friends and family for support will continue to uplift the individual.  The connections and support will remind the person in recovery what they want the new life to look like.  The individual can change their mind and take back control.

Resilient House has the support and knowledge to help you or a loved one change their life.  Call us at 833-change1 (833-242-6431) to find out what your new life can look like.