It’s a common misconception among those entering treatment that their goal is to stop drinking or using. However, ending your substance use is the beginning of a much longer journey. Once the brain starts to heal, life comes into focus, and with the clarity to see the far-reaching effects of their addiction, people realize they are in a truly transformative process.
We begin to form both negative and positive ideas about ourselves at a very young age, all influenced by genetics, environment, past experiences and society. As we grow, those ideas become a pattern of thoughts that form well-worn pathways in our brain. These make up our self-perception, or, our personal narratives.