Beliefs can be changed when you start to ignore them, replace them, and do things differently. You can do this by looking at your addiction as a past learning experience rather than as your present and your future. You can become a different person by thinking, acting, and speaking differently.
You can change the negative expectations held by you and others, by creating new structure and activities in your life. You can work to find a new way of behaving and believing. Step into the future, and let go of the label of addict and the behaviors that go with that label.
Being honest and positive in assessing past events and what you learned from them will help you create your new life. Your life isn’t, never was, and never will be all black and white, good or bad. It is important to take the time to think about how you currently define yourself. Take time to plan for a new vision of yourself and your life. Have the courage to let go of that familiar old you. Make a commitment to yourself, your new life, and relapse prevention by:
- Redefining your identity beyond the label of addict.
- Viewing your life in a future-oriented way.
- Making a public commitment to create that future.