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We very often ignore and neglect our intuition when we are struggling with addictions and mental health issues. The drugs and relationships have a way of drowning out our inner voice, along with all of the other ways in which we distract ourselves. We are too busy dealing with the conflicts in our tumultuous relationships, too focused on scoring more drugs, too occupied trying to keep our problems a secret from other people, that we don’t take the time to get quiet within ourselves and listen to our instincts. Sometimes this is because deep down we know what our intuition is trying to tell us and we aren’t ready to face the difficult truth. Sometimes we have become so detached and disconnected from our inner power that we’ve lost our sense of self. Reconnecting to our inner self and strengthening our intuition takes practice and is so worth the work.

Our intuition is our natural inner source of guidance. When we allow it to guide us, it protects us, teaches us valuable lessons, and carries us along our journey. When we don’t listen to our intuition, we very often lead ourselves astray. We make choices that aren’t good for us. We ignore the voice telling us this person or relationship or thing is unhealthy for us. We often end up neglecting and abusing ourselves.

Our intuition sometimes will come to us as signs we can follow. It can come to us as a voice inside us that might sound louder and clearer than the noise of our mental chatter. However we perceive it, it’s usually pretty easily recognizable. When we don’t follow our intuition, it’s often because we choose to ignore it, not because we didn’t know what it was telling us. The messages are often pretty clear.

Choosing to follow our intuition is making the very important choice that we will prioritize ourselves and our wellbeing, that we will no longer place more importance in other people and things than we do in ourselves, particularly in those that go against our best interest. When you see the signs your intuition is trying to send you, when you hear the voice trying to communicate with you, listen. You can try writing down what you see and hear. Make the choice to bravely follow its guidance. Trust yourself. The more you listen to your intuition and then follow it, the stronger it becomes and the easier it is to recognize. Our intuition is like a partner on our journey, always guiding us to become our highest self.

Trusting ourselves is an important part of recovery. Call (800) 871-5440 for information on our treatment programs.