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Why You Are Not Your Past?

When an alcoholic or an addict no longer dwells on the past and all of the things that happened in active addiction, a psychic change has occurred. A sense of self-forgiveness and peace comes about, unlike anything he or she has ever experienced. We have no control over the past; we can’t change it, we can’t wish it into a different outcome, and we certainly shouldn’t allow it to eat away our insides with guilt. Whether or not you feel it, you are a changed person from who you were then. We are in a constant state of change, and if you are committed to your recovery, you will continue to grow into the person you choose to be.

Recovery from addiction is about healing yourself from the inside out. Many of us were missing something that we tried to fill up using drugs or alcohol. That may have worked for a little while, and then it didn’t and we had to change course. When you can take a good, honest look at yourself, you can begin to fill that hole with what it is truly missing. This can take awhile, and is one of the many reasons why going through this process with another person is so important.

The phrase, “Let us love you until you can love yourself,” is commonly spoken in 12 Step meetings. This refers to allowing the group to support and love you in any way they can while you learn to love who you are. A lot of us strongly dislike ourselves in early recovery, but when we let go of the past, we can move forward as the person we truly are. Your future absolutely does not have to look like your past.

When you begin loving yourself, the notion of taking a drink or using whatever drug goes against that connection and becomes much less appealing. You don’t ever have to go down that road again. No matter what you have done in your past, it doesn’t define you today. In recovery, we get to clean up our wreckage and move on. So be gentle on yourself, your story is only just beginning.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to helping clients build happy, fulfilling lives in sobriety, free from the chains of addiction. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431