The concept of “first, know thyself,” is attributed to the Greeks.
It is a concept that means you must first understand the complex thoughts and feelings that make up your internal emotional and physical state.
Knowing and understanding what is going on in your head and heart is an important part of addiction recovery.
How does self-awareness help those with substance use disorders to understand the root causes of their addictions and identify relapse triggers?
Self-awareness is the first step toward discarding the denial that potentially led you into a substance use disorder.
Denial requires ignoring what is really bothering you. Self-awareness is the opposite, instead focusing on:
Learning to recognize emotion instead of tamping it down with drugs or alcohol – or both.
Recognizing the patterns of emotion that repeat.
What keeps coming up deep inside that drives you to use substances?
What is behind these patterns?
Even taking time to recognize sensations.
Are you in pain?
Are you sad?
What are your body and mind feeling right now?
Also understanding destructive thought patterns such as
One drink won’t hurt.
What is that inner voice saying that somehow justifies substance use?
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