Making the Conscious Decision to Choose Healing

Making the Conscious Decision to Choose Healing

Many of us living with addiction struggle against our illness, and therefore ourselves, for the entire duration of the addiction. We’re fighting against the truth that we are in fact addicts. We resist coming to terms with our harsh reality. When we’re ready, finally, to tackle the recovery process, the journey begins with a choice. We have to make the conscious decision that we want to heal, that we can’t possibly continue our lives going in this direction. Our lives have become unmanageable and our pain unbearable. When we’re finally at that point, what many of us refer to as rock bottom, we desperately want to get better. We miss our lives, the people we love, the people we used to be. We crave inner peace. When we’re not quite ready to do the work needed for recovery, we haven’t yet made that critical decision that we in fact need and want to heal.

We put off getting help even when we know we need it. We procrastinate on making decisions and deliberate on whether or not to seek out support. We try to convince ourselves our problem isn’t so serious. We try to persuade ourselves into thinking that we’ll be able to quit on our own. We tell ourselves this time will work, this time we’ll be successful. At the root of our ambivalence and procrastination is fear. We fear disclosing our secret to people, especially loved ones, because we don’t want to disappoint them. We don’t want them to be ashamed of us. We fear being judged, rejected, scorned and shunned. Many of us are already isolating ourselves so much that we don’t want to lose what little connection to our loved ones we may still have. Even though we’re struggling, we’re deeply afraid, so we continue to suffer alone.

Many of us are understandably afraid of doing the work of recovery. We might not be ready to undertake the biggest challenge of our lives and face the greatest hurdles we’ll ever overcome. When we’re ready to do the work, though, we’ll make the conscious decision that we can’t maintain our lives the way they are anymore. We can’t continue to be the person we’ve become. Once we make the decision and start doing the work, we’ll start to feel a sense of fulfillment and peace many of us have never felt before.

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The Power of the Subconscious Mind

The Power of the Subconscious Mind

Feeling mental and emotional resistance during the recovery process is totally natural, normal and common. We’re not going to be able to get through this very involved process without feeling fear, doubt, worry, frustration and other kinds of internal blocks to our healing. We tend to give the most energy to our conscious minds, the thoughts and feelings we’re already aware of, but underneath them is all of the deeper information informing, governing and directing them. Once we’re aware of the blocks in our subconscious minds, we can start working to clear them.  To make changes in our lives, we have to access this very important part of ourselves. The power of the subconscious mind is the secret to a lasting recovery.

The subconscious mind can be accessed through meditation, visualization, repetition and the written word. We want to reach the subconscious to clear out all the limiting and detrimental beliefs we’ve been clinging to that are impeding our healing progress. Try meditating on feelings of wellness and wholeness. How do we feel when we are well and whole? We feel at peace, grounded and centered. We don’t feel like we’re contending with internal battles or trying to fill voids. We don’t feel lost, incomplete or lonely within ourselves. We feel content, satisfied and happy. We feel a sense of direction and fulfillment of purpose. Try to invoke these feelings and hold onto them, breathing deeply as you imagine yourself embodying them.

There are countless visualization exercises and guided meditations you can try. If you’re new to visualization, here’s a simple exercise to try. Visualize yourself healed and happy. What do you look like? What are you doing? Where are you, and who are you with? See yourself filled with light. See yourself full of ease and grace. See yourself doing the things you love, with the people you love. Imagine yourself looking and feeling the way you do at your best, radiant and light.

Write down and repeat aloud affirmations that contribute to healing, such as “I believe in myself. I am healing. I am growing. I am strong. I have faith in myself. I am recovering successfully.” The more we actively work to clear the subconscious blocks we have to our well-being, the more we will see amazing results in our mentality, our perspective and the actual tangible results in our recovery. We will be able to approach things with more positivity, optimism and faith. We’ll start to believe in ourselves again and feel our courage reemerging.

Recovering from our addictions means shedding some deeply ingrained self-destructive habits, thought patterns and behaviors. In recovery, we’re reversing entire life cycles. We’re totally recreating our self-image. We need the power of our subconscious mind to really transform ourselves and heal from within.

Holistic healing means healing our entire selves, mind, body and spirit. The treatment programs at Enlightened Solutions make holistic healing a primary focus, to help you achieve a successful recovery. Call (833) 801-LIVE for more information.


Healing from Sex Addiction

Healing from Sex Addiction

Recovering from sex addiction, just like other addictions, can involve abstinence while you’re working to heal. Unlike with other addictions where we will often choose to abstain permanently, sex and relationships are something we plan to engage in again. Taking a break from our drug or behavior of choice, sex included, doesn’t guarantee our recovery. If we haven’t healed from our underlying root issues, abstinence will not solve our problems for us, and we’ll be confronted by them all over again. The same cycles and patterns will still affect us even if we’ve taken a break from the drug or behavior in question. Abstinence, therefore, is an important element in healing but only part of the equation.

An often overlooked factor in our addictions is the physical imbalance of our energies. Our sexuality is associated with the sacral chakra, or second chakra, which also governs creativity, emotion and manifestation. When we are experiencing sexual urges or addiction, our sacral chakra’s energy can be imbalanced and unhealthy. To balance this energy, we can express our creativity in healthy ways, through art, music, writing, dance or other kind of self-expression. We can go swimming, spend time near a body of water, or perform a water ritual, as water is the element associated with this chakra.

Our emotional health is the foundation for the rest of our wellness, and to heal from addiction, we have to identify and examine the emotions that are unresolved within us that are causing the disturbances to our well-being. Are there fears we’ve been refusing to look at? Are we clinging to shame from past mistakes? Are we holding onto the grief of a loss, or the sadness from a particular traumatic experience? Whatever emotions we have yet to process will try to get our attention any way they can, in the form of conflict, pain and addiction, until we finally take heed and work to heal them. We can work to heal our wounded emotions by working with a therapist, joining a support group, using journaling and creative arts therapy, and seeking out a spiritual guide. We can talk about our feelings with people we trust, this sometimes being the hardest step for us but one of the most important in learning to process how we feel in healthy ways. Rather than continuing our patterns of denial, avoidance, distraction and suppression, we can start to really face our emotions. Getting a handle on our emotional health is perhaps the most crucial element in healing from sex addiction.

Enlightened Solutions will work with you to heal not only from your primary addiction but also from any other co-occurring conditions you might be experiencing, including sex addiction. Call (833) 801-LIVE today.