‘Why’ is a Gatekeeper
In early recovery, the ‘why’ serves more than one purpose. The ‘why’ is a gatekeeper between the past and the present. In order to move forward, you need to identify and understand what led you to numb and escape through substances.
This involves a time of intense focus on the history of your substance use to examine its origins, nature, and consequences. This is necessary to reach a better understanding of what lies behind substance use – the circumstances, situations, and relationships that fed it, and how these manifested. Understanding your past, and what you can change, gives you the tools and insights needed to lay the foundation for a sustainable recovery.
Nobody can repair what isn’t understood, so digging into the history of substance use is a catalyst for change. When you are aware of past patterns, triggers, and behaviors, you are less inclined to follow the same patterns again.
The journey into ‘why’ is about uncovering and identifying unhealthy patterns and behaviors to make necessary changes. This puts you on the path to living authentically, honestly, and with conscious purpose.