Asking Yourself Questions to Maintain Sobriety

Asking Yourself Questions to Maintain Sobriety

It’s necessary to be aware of thoughts and desires when living a sober lifestyle

Thoughts lead to actions. A willingness to manage thoughts and be honest about drug cravings can put a rapid stop to a thought cycle heading toward drug or alcohol use.

 Understanding the Inner Voice

As a disease, addiction to drugs like oxycodone has many components according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It is a chronic, relapsing brain disorder that affects the mind and the body. Once a person goes through the physical detox process, it is the psychological aspects of addiction that require the most control. The dramatic personal upheaval a person goes through to achieve sobriety requires behavioral changes that start with individual thoughts.

Each thought is a mental step a person takes toward an action. A thought about French fries may lead to a fast food restaurant, an impulse to step on a scale or a decision to eat a salad instead. The progression from thought to action is influenced by the questions voiced inside the mind.

It’s necessary to be aware of thoughts and desires when living a sober lifestyle. While it may seem like a natural process to be self-aware, many thoughts occur at a barely conscious level that is difficult to fully absorb according to an Annual Review of Psychology article. It’s also normal to ignore unwanted thoughts and feelings even though they still affect a person’s decision-making process. It takes extra energy to fully examine thoughts. A person can improve the process by looking at her actions through the perceptions of other people or nonjudgmentally observing her own actions.

Using Self-Talk to Stay Sober

Effective self-talk includes the ability to question and analyze current emotions. When a person feels an urge to drink or take drugs like oxycodone, it goes along with a statement of belief about his current condition according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A person using negative self-talk may say to himself, “I really want a drink, and this craving is going to get stronger and stronger until I blow up or have a drink.” A positive way to handle the craving is by using the following statement, “I know I want to stay sober, but my body is going to take a while to learn how to be sober. This feeling is uncomfortable, but it will go away in around 15 minutes or so.”

The internal language a person uses to describe his day can either set him on a path of anxiety or relaxation. Negative self-talk is associated with unhappiness and even mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, according to a World Psychiatry article. Positive self-talk takes advantage of a person’s ability to be compassionate and tolerant of himself and others and is associated with happiness.

An important tool a person can use to maintain happiness and reach goals is to break each goal down into small pieces, notes Shad Helmstetter in his book, What to Say When You Talk to Your Self. It also helps to take credit for small, daily goals such as getting a walk in or eating a vegetable. Staying on track with a goal is easier when a daily reminder system is used such as reading a personal script every day. Statements on the script might include the following ideas:

  • “I do not need to worry. Instead, I can spend my time thinking of solutions. When I open myself up to solutions, they come to me at all times of the day.”
  • “I want to use positive words to make positive changes in my life. I know I can find a way to conquer challenges with positive solutions.”
  • “I do not expect my life to be free of problems. When I solve some problems, I realize they made opportunities possible that I did not see in the past.”

It takes time to develop the habit of using positive self-talk. Find ways that work, such as a daily script, to keep the desire to make positive changes an important part of mental reflections.

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