It is hard to change. Humans want to stick to their guns and keep things the way they are. That means that even if they have the best intentions, they don’t always follow through. They can be set in their ways.
Changing yourself is difficult even if you think you need to, even if you know that it is for the best ultimately.
Self-control isn’t a character trait. Instead, it is a skill that you learn to like anything else. You have to make a habit of self-control and developing it. But the good thing is that it is always there to improve. You can always get better at it.
Self-control and learning it is definitely important to the addiction recovery process.
Addicts Can’t “Just Stop”
If that were a solution then addiction recovery would be a lot simpler process. But it’s not as easy as all that.
Drug addiction actually alters brain chemistry to make an addict need drugs. It’s more than a state of mind it is a control of the mind.
That is why it can be frustrating, and they can just stop. No one wants to be an addict. Self-control is an important skill to learn during recovery to help maintain the sobriety.
Stall, Distract, Resist
There are things you have to learn to fight the urge to use again. It’s more than just stopping and detoxing. You need to exercise your mind and learn this self-control.
If you stall, distract yourself, and fight to resist those urges you can only improve yourself. You are fighting the altered brain chemistry and winning. These techniques will come in handy when you’re back in the real world.
Your self-control will be there to help you fight every step of the way.