Unfortunately, many of us began our drinking and drugging career when we were still in adolescence where the need to be accepted can be paramount to all other needs. Think back to when you had your first drink of alcohol or your first cigarette. Did you say, WOW THIS IS THE TASTIEST THING EVER! Man, this is delicious. Probably not. More than likely, you forced it down and tried to appear cool or grown-up, so you would not be mocked by your friends. Maybe you even felt sick, but the need for acceptance drove you to override the taste, sickness, and possible consequences of being caught. You had no way of knowing at the time if you had a predisposition to addiction.
Most of us began innocently enough, but once the physical craving takes hold, coupled with the mental obsession and spiritual malady, we find it very difficult to give up that elusive feeling of comfort we get from ingesting drugs and alcohol. We develop the habit of using mind altering chemicals as a solution to life’s ups and downs. The importance of developing new more empowering habits cannot be overemphasized. The My Mental Health App is a tool you can use daily to interrupt a negative thinking pattern whenever one arises. Be sure you substitute your positive worthwhile goals and achievements whenever the old unproductive thoughts begin playing in your head. Practice saying, I am sober, free, and loved. I can achieve all my goals. I am God’s miracle. I deserve to be happy.
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