When we’re embroiled in addiction, one of the most common factors we experience are unhealthy relationships. Ignoring our intuition can prove to be toxic and even dangerous. We see red flags in our partner, we even sense abuse, but we stay anyway, ignoring our better judgment. We settle for being disrespected and hurt. Our intuition all the while is telling us that we deserve better, but we get good at drowning out its voice with distractions, alcohol, marijuana and sex. We allow the high we get from the relationship to be our primary focus, forgetting all the horrible things we had to endure to get back to that momentary feeling of love.
Our intuition is often pushing us to get help. We ignore its pleas, though, because we’ve chosen to suppress our self-protective instincts. We self-destruct, often because we’ve convinced ourselves that we are unworthy of happiness and deserve to suffer. Our intuition alerts us to the danger of continuing down the path we’re on. We might know consciously how potentially dangerous, even fatal, our addiction can be, but we’ve been practicing ignoring our intuition and silencing its voice. The more we ignore our inner guidance system, the more off track we get, until we’re left reeling from the turmoil we’ve created.
Emotional recovery entails reconnecting with our inner voice and practicing listening to and following our intuition. As we heal, we start to love ourselves more, and we naturally start wanting to protect and nurture ourselves more.
Treatment programs at Riverside Recovery include group and individual therapy, trauma healing, mindfulness education and daily support meetings. Call (800) 871-5440 today.