It has been said that you can change the course of your life with your words. Diane Setterfield once said, “There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. They wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled that you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, and numb your thoughts. Inside you, they work their magic.”
If it’s true that our words have power, then it is very important that we do our best to understand their strength – and use that to our every advantage.
When just getting started on the road to sobriety, it may seem that nothing seems to help cut the cravings that drive you to want to go back to your addiction(s). But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, you possess a weapon of Mass Assistance! That weapon is formed and made powerful by the words that you use on a daily basis.
The next time you are faced with a challenging situation where it could be easy to make a poor decision, remind yourself – out loud – how far you have come in your journey of sobriety. Say the words. Don’t just think them. Tell yourself how many days, weeks, months or years it’s been since you’ve given in to those old, destructive habits. Use your indoor voice to start naming the myriad of things that you are genuinely thankful for. And go ahead and use your outdoor voice to shout out loud statements of victory over old behaviors!
And perhaps here is our best tip yet. Surround yourself with people who are willing and able to help support you when you need support. Have their phone numbers saved in your phone, and don’t hesitate to use them. And of course, remember that A New Outlook Counseling Services stands ready to be one of your supporting resources.
We have 3 locations to serve Colorado:
- Highlands Ranch-Main Office–Robert J. Johnson, SAP, MAC, LAC
- Lakewood Office– Rick Shriner, CACIII
- Cherry Creek Office– Matthew Jarvis, MA, LPC, LAC, NCC, EMDR