Your perception is not necessarily the reality of life. Your actions and reactions influence your perception of reality when conflict comes about. What makes perception an interesting aspect of life, especially in addiction recovery and treatment, is that it's not solely created by your environment. You can pay attention to the aspects of the environment and choose how you respond in order to develop a new perception of life, regardless of previous misconceptions. If you find yourself in conflict with your perception, remember there is a way out.
Addiction and Bias
Addiction recovery is a difficult challenge that affects your perception and causes it to change throughout the process. Your perception of who you once were before addiction is not what you are today. You had a perception of yourself, but now that you have a clear state of mind, that perception has changed.
Before you went into recovery, your perception influenced your behavior. You may not have been able to see with a clear head, but now that you have taken the substances out of your body, your perception of life has changed. Just because you have undergone addiction recovery does not mean that you have eliminated bias in your perception of yourself.
You may be prone to having a biased opinion of who you think you are and what you think you will be in the future. Your perception of yourself deepens based on your personality. Many people in life form a biased opinion of themselves and the enhancements they've made because of their self-perception.
If you can learn how to move past the biased opinion of yourself, you can work to formulate your perception into something you're proud of. Addiction treatment removed the toxins from your body and opened up the door for positive light to come through, so you don't have to perceive yourself in a negative light.
Many people have low self-esteem in recovery. They may still be prone to making negative self-perception errors. If you feel you are prone to perceiving yourself negatively, remember to not take the blame for previous experiences or situations. Instead, you should celebrate the milestones you've already made.
Social Perception and Self-Perception
Your perception can be changed. If you feel that you still need help in this area, addiction treatment and recovery facilities have the right tools and resources available to help you cope with your level of self-confidence and self-perception. This can help you take the time to repair relationships.
Address your social perception, as it can shape your opinion of yourself, as well. When you perceive others around you, you can learn to adapt their behaviors to help transform your perception. Your interactions with others refocus your characteristics and personality in a positive direction, as long as the environment and situation are in a positive atmosphere.
You can still do this even after addiction treatment. There are going to be some natural tendencies that will challenge you. They may diminish your self-perception or your social perception. However, if you remind yourself of how you first started, and how you got where you are today, you can remember that you are already a better person than you once were.
Your Influence in the Community
You have the chance to start from scratch and begin a new journey with those around you. Put yourself in a community that understands you and what you have been through to better support your healthy lifestyle journey. Your social circle may also include individuals that don't understand you. Remember to remind yourself that's just because you've made it this far doesn't necessarily mean others have made it as far as you.
If those around you struggle with boosting their self-confidence, you might be the right person to help push them in a positive direction. This will enhance their social perception and their perception of themselves. As a result, you will mutually benefit from their improvements, helping you to maintain your sobriety and a positive perception of yourself.
Reality and New Experiences
Your perception is not the fundamental reality of life. Sometimes when you connect to other's behaviors, you can cause your perception to change. Learning from your previous experiences to formulate new experiences helps improve your health.
You can change all perceptions into new perceptions that benefit your sobriety and maintain your healthy lifestyle. You can take the external factors which are beyond your control and react to them in a positive manner.
Overall, when you look at errors you make or struggle with your thought processes, remember you are better today than you were even a few days ago. You deserve to be a person that you're proud of. Don't let your negative self-perception come in the way of that.
At NorthStar Transitions, we know how much self-perception influences sobriety. Therefore, we provide resources and outlets for you to boost your motivation. Your self-confidence can move in a positive direction long after you leave the treatment facility. If you feel you're experiencing conflicts with your perception, we are here to help you with anything you need. We want to see you succeed in life and can help you maintain your sobriety. Your sobriety is important and having a clear head and a motivating force behind you will help you sustain a lasting recovery plan. Our facility has resources available for you to sustain sobriety in the long term. You can find alumni groups, counseling groups, and additional resources to help rebuild your self-perception and avoid any conflicts in the future. If you struggle with conflict or self-perception, you can always reach out to us or give us a call at (303) 558-6400.