Treatment might be your first and last experience in treatment. You may feel like you aren’t going to want to remember any of it. Most people who have been through it are glad that they remember as much of it as they can because it reminds them that they never want to go through it again. Journaling during treatment helps you in many different ways because journaling is a form of narrative therapy.
Your life is a story. Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction as well as a dual diagnosis mental health disorder is a unique chapter in that story. When you choose to go to treatment, you are choosing to turn a new page in the story of your life. Think of entering recovery as a new “Part” in your story, beyond just a chapter. As you make this transition from addiction to recovery you want to detail and explore your thoughts and experiences. The treatment experience is unique. Every day you are examining your innermost thoughts and beliefs, then challenging yourself to change them. Few activities are more effective at bringing the subconscious to life than writing. Through writing you get to tell your story as it is, write your story as you want it to be, and reflect on your story as it has been before. As you write, you realize the reality or the fiction of what you are saying. Sometimes it takes putting pen to paper and word to pen to recognize what really is happening inside your mind. The stream of consciousness relationship you develop with yourself through journaling reconnects you to your own thoughts, mindfully making you aware of what happens inside of your mind.
Recovery is the chance to change your story. Until now, the story of your life has included pain and suffering due to drug and alcohol addiction. That doesn’t have to be your future. You can describe a world and see yourself in it where drugs and alcohol are no longer part of your life. Reaching for your dreams is easier when you write them all down, outline them, detail them, and create a rich visual to focus on. Too many people get to treatment without any hope or expectation they will change. As a result, they don’t. Journaling helps you recognize the changes in your thought process in real time, as you might think you would be writing something else, but different words come out. You can track and bear witness to your progress through journaling in a special way exclusive to the narrative therapy process.
Narrative therapy is one of the many therapeutic modalities employed at Harmony Place, an accredited residential treatment program. Providing all the comforts of home, our luxury residences are our treatment centers, helping clients feel warm and welcome. Call us today for a private consultation and more information on our dual diagnosis programs: 1-855-652-9048