You Can Motivate and Empower Yourself in Recovery

You can empower yourself instead of blaming heredity and environment for your addictive
behavior problems. Why not empower yourself with the kind of beliefs which research has
shown to be effective? Try saying the following things to yourself, firmly and repeatedly, and
then see how you feel:

  • Addictive behavior is a human problem with a human solution.

  • Don’t HAVE TO change, but I can sensibly decide that I WANT TO.

  • Lapses in the past do not prove that I will lapse forever.

  • I am not a moral degenerate for trying to be happy in stupid or self-defeating ways.

  • I am responsible for my thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

  • I feel and act the way I think based on what I believe.

  • I am the only one who can change my behavior. Others may help, but nobody can do it for me.

  • It takes hard work and practice, not miracles, to overcome addictive behaviors.

  • I may benefit from help, but ultimately it’s up to me.

  • I can change if I choose to, and I am willing to do the work and practice.

Motivation to create a more meaningful and rewarding lifestyle, plus a belief in your natural ability to change problematic behaviors which are getting in the way, are perhaps the most important factors in addiction recovery. If the above self-statements help you to feel more motivated to deal with an addictive behavior and more confident that you can do it, then SMART Recovery® is for you.

We at Florida Center for Recovery believe that for treatment to work the individuals must feel ready to embark on the recovery journey. We also believe in delivering compassionate care with dignity and respect. If you would like to explore addiction treatment options, feel free to give us a call at: 800-851-3291. All calls are confidential.

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