We are always affirming something.
-Ernest Holmes

These five simple words tell us so much. One of the quickest paths toward emotional comfort and security is being content with who and how we are. For successful recovery, it is very important to understand that this is something very much within our reach. At any given moment, how we feel about ourselves is a result of the lifetime of affirmation we have provided ourselves. Affirmations, in this case, are not shallow statements consciously made in an attempt to produce emotional changes. The strongest affirmations are the foundational messages that lie beneath our conscious thought process. These internal conversations are far more impactful than the ones we make consciously. With every decision we make, with every relationship we experience, with every subjective interpretation we create, we are telling ourselves about our worth and place in the world. At first this may seem overwhelming, but by befriending this concept we can slowly and gently learn to develop an awareness that can be used to create the kind of decisions that truly affirm the person we want to be. Eventually, as we move closer to becoming that person, the use of addictive behaviors will be much less necessary. But in almost each moment that we are conscious, something is being affirmed.

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