Visualizing a drug free life is not merely picturing what it would look like to live without the use of drugs and alcohol once in a blue moon. Visualizing a drug free life is a consistent and persistent practice which can lead to the ability to achieve a life without the use of drugs and alcohol.
Visualizing a drug free life, can be related to daydreaming in a sense. You know how you sat in class when you were in high school and pictured all the fun things you were going to do on the weekend? It would make you feel good to visualize those things as your teacher droned about next week’s math quiz. Visualizing a drug free life is as simple and yet as important as that.
When you begin visualizing a drug free life for yourself, as an addict and alcoholic, your future all of a sudden becomes more defined. The more clearly you can visualize a drug free life the better. Picture yourself 6 months from now without the use of drugs and alcohol. Visualize a drug free life which consists of being happy, having a healthy relationship with your family-being able to be a mother, father, daughter, sister, brother, or son. Imagine the holidays, sitting around with your family sober and able to communicate, no fights just laughter. Visualize a drug free life where you are walking into college again which had been a lost dream, you have a career, a healthy relationship, you’re doing all those things you only have ever talked about, you’re free, you travel the world and go to your favorite spots and your life quite simply is beyond your wildest dreams. Visualizing a drug free life in great detail like this causes the brain to believe that attaining all of this is possible. The best part is that it is.
Visualizing a drug free life as you can see from the above paragraph doesn’t just consist of conjuring a still picture of you sober with your one year medallion in your mind. Visualizing a drug free life consists of picturing a movie where you are sober and happy. When you visualize, try to capture how you would feel, what you would pay attention to, how you have more pep in your step. Make your visualization as extraordinary as you can.
Visualizing a drug free life or visualizing any goals you want to attain just every now and then can be effective but not as effective as sitting down for a few minutes every day and practicing this technique. The more often you visualize achieving positive things for yourself the more effective it will be. If you want to make visualizing a drug free life even more effective during your times of daydream, then put some music on to amp it up! Music, that really gets you excited and energized. If you listen to music you can really feel while visualizing a drug free life, all of a sudden your vision gets much more powerful. See your drug free life clearly, loudly, and so vividly that you can smell it, taste it, and see the vibrancy in the color of your visualization.
Visualizing a drug free life is something that can literally create new patterns in the brain and this is essential to alcoholics and addicts who have been struggling with staying sober. If you wonder about the power of visualizing a drug free life, just take a few minutes each day for about a week or so to visualize and make sure you put yourself in the starring role of your movie. If you do this, you are bound to feel some kind of effect.
Source: Redemption from Addiction by Jerry Egan.
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