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Terri Lee Cooper Msc. RSW.

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Not ready to quit using?

The majority of people who begin this work are not yet ready to quit using. They are however ready to begin exploring:

  • the possibility of eventually quitting.
  • preparing to quit using.
  • making adjustments to their substance use.

Many people who begin this work want to do the following before making a commitment to never using again:

  • resolve past trauma
  • learn how to create new mindsets
  • develop disciplined thinking 
  • strengthen stress management skills
  • develop a stronger version of the self

These are realistic and honest places to begin.  

The idea of never using again is terrifying for many. In spite of wake-up calls, it can be hard to imagine a life without substances and this creates a void that can feel unbearable. The subconscious mind naturally creates a fear response to any attempt to change hard-wired habits. People who abuse or misuse substances do so for a reason and will continue to fall off the wagon until real change is accepted by the subconscious mind. 

Addicts or problem users who quit without re-educating the subconscious mind, hold on to sobriety by a thin thread, always at the mercy of internal and external triggers. They struggle to present a sober front to the outside world, and in the process, create chaos between long standing programming and potential.  Until a new identity is created and connection with potential is re-established, the subconscious mind will continue to revert to the mindsets and behaviors of the addict or problem user.

This work is a process that uncovers and heals the parts of the self that made the decision to begin using. The decision to use was imprinted on the subconscious mind and was initially a loving intention to sooth the self. This work is a process that heals the chaotic war between what has been programmed and what needs to be strengthen (original potential).

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