Not ready to quit using?
The majority of people who begin this work are not yet ready
to quit using. They are however ready to begin exploring:
- the possibility of eventually quitting.
- preparing to quit using.
- making adjustments to their substance use.
Many people who begin this work want to do the following before making a commitment to never using again:
- resolve past trauma
- learn how to create new
- develop disciplined thinking
- strengthen stress management skills
- develop a stronger version of the self
These are realistic and
honest places to begin.
The idea of never using again is terrifying for many. In
spite of wake-up calls, it can be hard to imagine a life without substances and
this creates a void that can feel unbearable. The subconscious mind naturally
creates a fear response to any attempt to change hard-wired habits. People
who abuse or misuse substances do so for a reason and will continue to fall off
the wagon until real change is accepted by the subconscious mind.
Addicts or problem users who quit without re-educating the subconscious
mind, hold on to sobriety by a thin thread, always at the mercy of internal and
external triggers. They struggle to present a sober front to the outside world,
and in the process, create chaos between long standing programming and
potential. Until a new identity is
created and connection with potential is re-established, the subconscious mind
will continue to revert to the mindsets and behaviors of the addict or problem
This work is a process that uncovers and heals the parts of
the self that made the decision to begin using. The decision to use was
imprinted on the subconscious mind and was initially a loving intention to
sooth the self. This work is a process that heals the chaotic war between what
has been programmed and what needs to be strengthen (original potential).