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When we are recovering from any kind of mental or emotional challenge, we often come face to face with different forms of internal resistance. This resistance often comes in the form of emotional blocks we’ve created out of fear. These blocks stifle our growth, keep us from learning about ourselves, and prevent us from healing. We store our emotional information and memory in our subconscious minds. This includes our fears, our traumatic memories, and our unhealed wounds. When we’re working to heal, we most commonly deal with the issues we’re most aware of, the conflicts in our everyday lives, the difficult circumstances we’re facing, the thoughts and emotions that we’re conscious of. The problem is, we often aren’t conscious of our deepest pain because we suppress it, we distract ourselves from it, and we cover it up with layers of issues that are related but are not the core problem. In order to achieve transformation in our recovery, we want to learn as much as we can about our subconscious blocks to healing.

A key way of learning more about what is stored in our subconscious mind is by listening to how we think and talk about ourselves, our self-talk. We want to get to the point where we’re taking notice of how we feel about ourselves. We want to investigate our beliefs, and monitor our inner dialogue. Is your inner voice kind and supportive, or is it cruel and disparaging? Is it nurturing, or is it cruel? Is it working with you on your path to recovery, or against you? Does your inner self believe in your ability to heal? Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe in your capacity for change, or have you convinced yourself that you’re destined for failure?

The subconscious mind directs the majority of our thoughts, feelings, actions and choices. When we have subconscious blocks still unhealed within us, we are thinking, feeling and acting out those blocks. We are applying that self-limiting energy to everything we do. We are telling ourselves and the world that we don’t believe we can heal. We don’t believe in ourselves. Our chances of recovery are greatly compromised as a result. We can only heal when we believe we can. We have to work to unite our conscious and subconscious minds so that they can be aligned in our mission to heal.

Riverside Recovery is committed to helping you get back the life you love. Our treatment programs include multiple forms of therapy, family workshops and mindfulness-based relapse prevention education. Call (800) 871-5440 for more information.