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You are Not Your Addiction

Addiction is a complex disease that affects every aspect of our being. It causes us to place drugs and alcohol as a priority over all else. The result is that we lose our sense of identity and lost touch with who we are at the core of our being. We are so much more than our drug or alcohol use, and in sobriety we should take the time to get to know ourselves in a deep and meaningful way.

Sobriety allows us to finally see who we are when drugs and alcohol are no longer present in our lives. We spent so much time with substances that we lost a part of ourselves and our identity. Rather than recognizing who we were on the inside, we began identifying ourselves with the drugs we were using. DeAnna Jordan, in a 2016 U.S. News article entitled How to Find Your Identity Through Addiction Treatment, explains, “Alcohol and drugs take on a life of their own in the midst of an addiction; they become a friend, lover and trusted confidant, isolating the addict and alcoholic from reality. Society further promotes this reliance on drugs and alcohol with labels like ‘just a junkie’ or ‘full-blown alcoholic.’ It’s no surprise that, in the depth of emotional turmoil, addicts or alcoholics truly believe that drugs and alcohol are their present and future.” We had taken on a specific narrative and played the role of “addict” or “alcoholic,” and lost our true identity somewhere along the way.

In sobriety, we can change the narrative and self-identification. Richard Taite, in a 2014 Psychology Today article entitled Addiction: Identity and Connection Influence Relapse Rates, explains, “In terms of relapse rates, it didn’t matter much how people saw their own identity – people who identified as “addicts” had similar relapse rates to those who saw themselves as ‘recovering addicts’. But there was a huge difference in relapse rates based on how much difference people saw between these two identities – when people preferred the identity of ‘recovering addict’ over the identity of ‘addict,’ relapse rates were much lower. Not only that, but people who preferred the ‘recovering addict’ identity had fewer cravings and felt they had more personal control of their addictive behaviors.” Self-identification is strong, and there is power in how we choose to view ourselves. When we change our narrative from one of addiction to one of recovery, we are changing our outlook on life to one of hope.

You can discover a deeply meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future on the journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, offers a convenient location and breathtaking setting to provide clients with a tranquil environment where they can safely explore issues and trauma that may have contributed to the onset of the addiction and work toward a full life of recovery and long-term sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431