The Real Reason Why People Relapse (it's Not What You Think)

relapse Aug 01, 2023

Unmasking Relapse Triggers: Tackling the Sneaky Thought
Let's dig into something that often derails recovery—a deceptive thought that leads to relapse. Join me as we dissect this thought, understand its implications, and arm ourselves with strategies to overcome it.

**1. The Common Factor: The Deprivation Thought:**
Let's cut to the chase. After years of working with individuals like you, I've pinpointed a recurring pattern. Relapse often stems from a simple, seemingly harmless idea: the feeling of being deprived. It's that voice that says life is unfair, you're not getting what you deserve, and it's enough to push you towards relapse. Recognizing and addressing this thought is key in your battle against relapse.

**2. Unveiling Its Forms:**
This thought wears many disguises. One version is the "it's not fair" mindset, where you focus on imbalances in your life. Then there's the more intense "that's not right" variation, ramping up feelings of injustice. You might encounter the "I shouldn't have to" attitude, fostering self-pity and a sense of entitlement. The trap of comparison can also lead you towards addiction as a coping mechanism for perceived inadequacies.

**3. The Gratitude Solution: Overcoming the Thought:**
Now for the game-changer—gratitude. But let's skip the clichés. Instead of the usual gratitude exercise, I'm talking about embracing genuine gratitude and shifting your focus. Swap what you lack with what you possess, and witness the transformation. Gratitude isn't just a buzzword; it's the tool that dismantles self-pity and entitlement.

In the battle for recovery, knowledge is your armor. Understanding the sneaky thought that triggers relapse empowers you. And remember, you're not alone in this fight. By embracing gratitude and breaking free from destructive thought patterns, you take control of your journey. With determination and a fresh perspective, your path to recovery shines brighter than ever. Let's face that sneaky thought head-on and emerge victorious.

Amber Hollingsworth


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