The way we think, the way we dress, the way we behave, how we treat our family, the people we allow into our social network, the things we do, the careers we succeed in, even down to the type of food we eat, are all the components of what makes up our lifestyle to name a few. When in an active addiction these are all areas which become affected in our lives. We destroy these components unintentionally, due to the capacity of the addiction. The only thinking is being self-absorbed and satisfying the desire of self-gratification.
Upon the need for recovery, the pleasurable thinking once fueling the addiction, now becomes the motivation for recovery. The thoughts of sobriety, accomplishments, love and belonging are now the foundation of the “LIFESTYLE” sought after. Our way of thinking has shifted to adopt the demand of what we now see as a “LIFESTYLE”.
The internal locus of control during an active addiction and recovery are magnified through the intensity of what is being aspired. It is the way we think which controls what we do and the outcome of our situations. It would not be accurate to state one has the full potential of all outcomes in life, but it is surely accurate to state the way of thinking is a substantial part and parcel of our “LIFESTYLE” and not just sheer luck.