How Self Awareness Aids Recovery

Self-awareness is crucial to the recovery process. Learning about yourself means learning about the how and why of the addiction from which you are recovering. Psychologists and other experts define self-awareness as the psychological state in which people are aware of their traits, feelings and behaviors. Essentially it is being aware of how your actions, reactions, decisions and emotions impact those around you. When someone is in the grip of an addiction, the amount of self-awareness he or she has or has had diminishes greatly. As the addiction demands more and more attention, self-awareness nearly disappears.

The Self-awareness Quotient

Self-aware development begins in infancy. If there is anything that interrupts that development, such as child abuse, trauma, neglect or exposure to drugs or alcohol at a young age, self-awareness is stunted and in some cases, almost non-existent. To be truly self-aware means you understand that your actions, reactions and choices have consequences. Healthy self-awareness is not a state of inflated self-importance, but rather an understanding of your role in the world in which you live and the value you bring to it. Self-awareness can take a turn along the way and become more like self-consciousness, which can make a person insecure in her thoughts, actions and in her ability to make good decisions. Self-consciousness can develop in a child who is regularly belittled or teased, especially by her own family members.

Self-awareness and Addiction Treatment

There are many emotions that are stirred and confronted during addiction treatment. One of the directions treatment typically goes is in helping the person in recovery become more self-aware. Without healthy self awareness, the person in rehab cannot contemplate how her choices with regards to drugs and alcohol impact not only herself but those around her. Self- awareness brings with it some understanding of the high price of addiction and how making better choices each day and finding the strength to cope with cravings is its own reward. Becoming more self-aware is a positive step in the right direction when it comes to living life free from drugs and alcohol.

Finding Help for Addiction

If you or a loved one struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline, available 24 hours a day, to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.

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