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How you talk to yourself matters. Much of what we say to ourselves on a daily basis is unconscious. We go through our day and our experiences influence our thoughts, which influence how we feel. Then, how we feel influences our actions. It’s a cycle that can be extremely powerful if you let it. You must learn to control your thoughts if you are in recovery. If you’re struggling with urges to use the substance you’ve avoided for so long, you might be feeling down and giving yourself negative self-talk. One moment, you may feel great; the next, however, you might begin to spiral downward because you feel like using. These compulsive thoughts have the power to make or break your day. Here’s the good news: You have the power to change the way you talk to yourself. You must begin to notice your negative thought patterns and how they drive your mood. Creating space between you and your thoughts is a good way to stop negative thinking in its tracks. You are not your thoughts. You have the power in this relationship. 
Alison Morgan for Psychology Now explains that there’s an inside story and an outside story. The inside story is often the subconscious story. This is what drives your behavior, Morgan says. You may not even realize it, but your brain will tend to avoid pain and discomfort. No one likes to fail, so you’re inside story will drive you in the direction of things that suit you. Morgan urges you, however, to actively push yourself in the direction of things that create growth. These things, however, are usually uncomfortable. You can help yourself toe the line of growth by asking yourself what the pain and pleasure are if you do and do not do the thing you are afraid of. Often, there will be much more pain if you do not participate in the act. If you complete the task, there is probably a pleasurable reward at the end. Morgan also explains that you should “look at everything you do as a choice. Adjust your decisions so they’re in your best interest, and perform actions that will move you closer to your goals.” To do this, you must obviously have goals in mind. If you’re struggling with figuring out some goals for yourself, you can keep a journal of what you want and how you’re feeling. Focus on what you’re achieving, not on what your setbacks are. This will help you reframe the situation to something that’s more positive. Creating mindful change can be difficult, but you have the power to make it happen.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you create the mindful change you’re looking for. We offer plenty of dual diagnosis programs that will be beneficial to you. Call our staff today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to hear from you.