These are three sneaky relapse thinking patterns that can be really dangerous because they can pull you right back down to addiction. You must identify these so you can avoid them when you realize those thoughts are sneaking in.
#1-Not Being Transparent
The thought that you don't want to tell anyone that you're in recovery because you don't want them to feel awkward. You and I both know that you're not wanting to tell everyone you don't drink because there's a little chance that you might still want to drink or use again.
Addiction can only live in the dark, so as soon as you turn the light on it, it won't thrive!
#2 Rewarding yourself
Times of celebration is a really high risk for relapse. You know what I'm talking about, "I've been so good about not drinking, it's been a month. I'm going to reward myself by drinking ONE beer tonight with friends." We all know how that's going to end. You have to find a different way to reward yourself. Go for a walk, go to a movie, read a book, eat dessert, etc.
#3 Negative Self-Talk
This means you're setting yourself up for failure before it's even begun. When you're beating yourself up, it may sound to other people sad and pitiful, but this is a way of letting yourself off the hook and having to be responsible. This thinking doesn't lead to anything good.
Bonus #4 Secret-keeping
When you're secret-keeping, you begin to block out positive supports. This pulls you back into your same old addictive behaviors. Pay attention to this one. Secret keeping turns into shame, guilt, and resentments.
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