Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. -Wayne Dyer
Successful recovery from addiction can be viewed from the perspective of consciousness. Initially, recovery may emphasize abstinence, and while abstinence may remain an important goal, it is a good idea to explore how our addictions may have represented an underlying attempt to manipulate the internal experience of our emotional reality. As today’s quotation suggests, when we are able to change our outlook on life, life, itself, changes too. This change refers to our subjective experience of life. Addictions are used as a shortcut toward a more comfortable subjective reality, and successful recovery from addiction can be a functional extension of this important search. Part of our recovery process can be aimed at recognizing our inner messages about the world and ourselves. Only then can we begin to challenge these assumptions and learn to choose the inner messages that govern our lives. When our default inner messages have been discovered and challenged, only then will the way we look at things truly change.