How Self-Awareness Can Help in Your Recovery
Self-awareness in addiction recovery is one of the most important aspects of treatment. It can help those who are struggling become more understanding of themselves and their situations, and create a stronger foundation for recovery in the long run. When you decide to seek drug rehab treatment, particularly with a dual diagnosis facility, this will be one of the essential aspects of your program.
However, it does require vigilance after rehab to stay sober. It’s never so easy to leave behind a part of your life. Check out our guide to self-awareness after rehab.
Controlling Your Behaviors After Rehab
Self-awareness training is often part of most treatment programs because it helps patients learn to control their behaviors, and adjust their attitudes toward addiction. Instead of feeling helpless in the face of substance abuse, recovering individuals are able to learn to prevent themselves from using, to recognize the signs and triggers that could lead to abuse, and take charge of their own actions.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that addiction changes the way the brain works, making it so the individual can no longer control their actions in many instances. They will use even if they don’t want to, and breaking that cycle can be hard to maintain. Learning to become aware of the self and one’s desires will help a recovering individual avoid this kind of uncontrolled, compulsive behavior in the future.
Understanding Your Actions
Addiction often causes individuals to lie to themselves as well as to others, according to a study published in the Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association. The act of lying allows the individual to deny their problems, intentionally or not. After rehab, this can become more prominent, as some may use the claim “I’ve been to rehab already, I’m clean” to justify picking up the bottle again.
Becoming more self-aware allows people to stop lying to themselves about the nature of their addiction, and to begin to recognize their actions for what they are. People realize more often when they are being self-serving or when their most basic desire behind their actions is selfish. This can help the individual learn to deny these desires more often, and eventually, to turn away from their desire to use altogether.
Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem
Individuals with lower self-esteem are often more at risk of becoming addicted, and this is a problem many people struggle with even during recovery. However, addiction treatment can help a person become more self-aware and, in turn, more self-confident. Self-esteem is important to those who are recovering from addiction, and when an individual begins to accept who they are (and to like what they see when they look in the mirror), recovery can be more easily maintained after rehab.
Mindfulness meditation can actually be used as a treatment option for addiction that helps patients learn to accept things as they are. In becoming more mindful, patients are able to recognize their feelings and thoughts without judging them. They will be able to accept these experiences as existing, but will not allow them to take control, which is a powerful practice when recovering from addiction.
Substance Abuse and Self-Awareness
Many people who struggle with substance abuse are not aware of how bad their situations are or of how serious their abuse is. After rehab, people may still be in denial about their situation. This can lead to making the same mistakes, seeing their previous struggles as “not so bad.”
When a person starts to become more self-aware, it allows them to be able to recognize patterns, thoughts, and behaviors that are negative and to become more open to the process of recovery and maintaining sobriety in the long run.
We Want to Help You Make a Change After Rehab
Recovery takes time, persistence, and professional help. We want to help you create the best program for your recovery and to begin to change your life for the better. Call 855-223-6171 today to learn more about the treatment options we have to offer at our Florida rehab facility and begin your safe recovery from substance abuse today.