Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.
Let it out! Talk about it! Ignite the healer within you! Let your thoughts and feelings come to the light. It can be so therapeutic and healing to vent and process thoughts and feelings. I was like a human garbage disposal. I held in my feelings and used alcohol and drugs to numb or escape from my feelings. I became so fragmented and jumbled up inside. I could not cope with myself without escape into chemical substances. The journey inward of recovery revealed to me undercurrents of fear, self-pity, and resentment that had controlled me most of my life. The process of talking about my thoughts and feelings helped me to learn and know the real me.
Opening up and exposing the deep secrets about myself helped me to heal the guilt and shame in my heart and mind. I talked to other addicts, counselors, coaches, and attended support groups. I discovered that there really are people who care and understand. I also read plenty of recovery literature that enlightened me to new concepts and ways of thinking. I made amends to people to help clear the wreckage of the past. Eventually I began to understand and change.
Awakening to self-knowledge and creating health has been a long process. A very significant part of this process has been the sharing of my thoughts and feelings with others. Remember, secrets keep us sick!
Do you have a trustworthy sober person to share your feelings with and talk about what is on your mind?
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