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|09-13-2005, 04:58 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2004
Releasing the Past.
A large number of recovering people have a tough time coming to terms with the abuse and abandonment of childhood days. Sometimes we play those "old tapes" while reliving the past in a mood of self-pity and resentment. This is destructive.
We cannot completely erase the past, but we can turn it over to our friends and our Higher power. Our goal should be to transform past experiences into constructive examples.
We can start by reminding ourselves that all unhappy experience is a product of the world's sickness and ignorance. Far from being unusual, our misery was a common thing that we're only now beginning to overcome.
From the book Walk in Dry Places.
|09-13-2005, 05:41 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Where I need to be
Cool Topic Dan.
It reminded me af an article from the Encyclopedia of Rational Coping Statements and Disputations at SMART Recovery:
Having been treated unfairly in the past is all the more reason to treat myself fairly in the present.
|09-13-2005, 06:27 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2005
Good advice. A lot of us alkies and substance abusers began our emotional downward spiral very early in life, years before our first drink. I think to dwell on traumatic events is a bad thing; however, these incidents and our reactions to them can help us to understand the nature of our unhealthy beliefs. I think that is helpful in overcoming self-defeating thoughts and maladaptive behavior. Who was it that said, "Know thy enemy", or "your enemy", or whatever it was? Maybe I am confusing substance abuse issues with underlying mental health issues. I certainly do not mean to dispute a word of the earlier posts in this thread. It's just that the tone seems to suggest that we have consciously connected specific events from our past lives to problems in our present. It seems that the above rules can be applied to avoid making excuses when taking a ride in the time machine to check the mental maintenance logs. I think that it can be counterproductive to close our minds to the past and hate our misuse of our lives without trying to understand why and in what manner we turned on ourselves. I think it is important to discover this, at least for those of us with OCD, social anxiety, dysthymia, etcetera that have confounded us since our earliest memory. Many psychological problems are caused by substance abuse. Others contribute to our predisposition for it and are exacerbated by it. (The snowball effect, vicious cycle, whatever you want to call it)Full recovery for dual diagnosis people requires all of the toughness demanded in the original post and follow-ups plus recognition and repeal of destructive thought processes that have grown undetected within us. To that end, I think it is essential to come to grips with horror from the past. Know your enemy and kill him.
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