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Sobering Up Your Mind

It can take a while to get your body adjusted to being completely sober.  You may go through withdrawal symptoms for weeks or even months depending on the drugs you used.  Unfortunately, it can take years for you to sober up your mind from your addiction thinking.  What’s addiction thinking?  You’ve come to the right place to find out.

Addiction Thinking Goes The Wrong Way

Addiction thinking gets you going against good logic most of the time.  Whatever makes good sense to a rational human being may get turned aside when a person’s addiction thinking is going.  And the risky, the convoluted, and the suspicious ideas seem to rise to the top.

Your Addiction Thinking Hides In Plain Sight

You know what your addiction thinking is meant to do?  It’s meant to keep you addicted.  I know that might sound totally obvious, but the there’s a trick to this.  You believe your addiction thinking is actually you thinking. Rather than call out your addiction thinking for what it really is, your mind believes you are coming up with these thoughts from its most sensible part.  Of course, this is not true.  It takes some practice and courage to rise above yourself and question your own thought patterns.

You may have become so accustomed to your addiction thinking that you don’t believe it exists.  This is why it can take some people years to sober up their mind.  It has had a lot of practice thinking like an addicted person chasing the highs, thinking about the next time they will use or drink, and defending their behaviors.

Addiction Thinking Is Black And White

Perhaps the most recognizable feature of addiction thinking is its extremism.  If you find yourself saying words like “always”, “never”, “most”, “least”, and so on, you may be catching on to your addiction thinking.  Yes, everyone has black and white thinking at times.  But addiction thinking is that times ten.  Things are exaggerated to the point that they become real that way.

An addicted person may really believe they will never be able to stop drinking unless their mother says she loves them.  In reality, it may be a huge test of this person’s courage and emotions, but it also may not be a single and complete barrier to sobriety.  Drug treatment can teach an addicted person how to manage strong emotions and still move forward in their life.

Addiction Thinking In A Nutshell

So addiction thinking is about extremes and vearing from normal logic.  It all centers around the person living the life of an addict.  And if you have been to drug treatment and your body is sober now, you might need to find out of your mind is, too.  You don’t have to think like an addict when you live a sober life.

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