Friday, December 28, 2012

Got Thoughts?

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.   

"Stop Thinking, and end your problems" - Lao-Tsu

It's the thinking that gets us in trouble, you know?  That's right.  All those little thoughts in our heads are the culprits for the bad, stupid, embarrassing, even shameful things we have done in our lives. 

What's the difference between a human being and an oak tree?  A brain.  That is, brains that have thoughts!  Oak trees neither have a brain nor do they think.  This gift is uniquely human.  And we have found unique ways to use it.  For example, the same brain that came up with the Theory of Relativity is the same brain that used LSD (see Albert Einstein)! 

An addict once said, "An addict alone in his own head is in a very dangerous neighborhood!"  Another said, "Do not go inside your head without adult supervision!"  Is it really that bad?

In a word: yes and no!  Those who struggle with addiction need to pay attention to their thoughts.  They need to actively work on releasing their thoughts, changing their thoughts, and even surrendering their thoughts.  

The more you allow your thoughts to change the better they can become.  Do you have to stop thinking all together?  Yes and No!  The addict/alcoholic part of you needs to stop thinking so the recovery/healthy part of you can think and lead the way.  

Try it sometime.  Now is the perfect time since the New Year is not very far away.  Make it your resolution and see what happens when you choose to let go and think positive things.  You will also find that your old ways of thinking are not easily convinced to pick up and move on.  It will be a fight...but one you can win!  

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We love to see the smile on our patients faces when they are clean and sober!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).

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