Addressing the Root Cause – Unlocking the Subconscious Mind
The more you understand how the human mind, with its two main parts conscious/subconscious function, the easier it is to see how it applies to addiction and dependency.
Addiction is both physical and non-physical, and often times if an addict has addressed the physical dependency and withdrawal through treatment, but still returns to their habit and drug of choice, it is their mind that is to blame.
The Human Mind
The human mind is regarded as the nonphysical part of our being. It’s the thinking-feeling ‘I’ that is somehow related but is also seemingly separable from the body.
Not to be confused with the brain which is the organ inside our skull, the mind, which is somewhat a vague concept, can be visualized by Dr. Sigmund Freud’s iceberg metaphor. It showcase our mind, and its two distinct parts, the conscious and subconscious.
The Conscious Mind, which is the part of your mind considered the smaller of the two, is the part of the iceberg above the surface. The conscious mind is logical and analytical. It help us reason and judge, analyze and criticize information.
The Subconscious Mind, the vast body of the iceberg beneath the surface, is our emotional mind. The subconscious mind is the storehouse of our knowledge, memories, perceptions and beliefs.
If you were not born an addict, it is very likely that either a singular event or a serious of circumstances shaped your self-concept i.e. your beliefs and perception in a new and powerful way resulting in the compensating mechanism we call addiction. Because beliefs and perceptions reside in the subconscious mind and they can be recalled, reviewed and altered, so can the behavior that follows be altered and dissolved.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Recovery
According to research, the most effective intervention for substance abuse is a multi-disciplinary approach which address both the physical aspects for the addiction as well as its non-physical root cause. To live a healthy and productive life, adults struggling with substance abuse must recognize the important role their early life trauma plays in dependency, and must seek to resolve it.
Trauma and Addiction
Trauma, according to the dictionary, is “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience with long lasting, harmful effect on a person’s physical and emotional health”. While it’s true that not every traumatic life event lead to addiction, the risk for addiction increases when the aftermath of trauma is painful, difficult and often threatening thoughts and emotions.
This is significant because emotions to a great extent drive our thoughts and behavior.
The Threat of Trauma
Think about it, if a traumatic event impacted your life and left you emotionally scarred, without the proper intervention you will very likely continue to feel the same way every day i.e. you’ll keep experiencing the same pain over and over again. When the pain is too high to tolerate, the need for relief grows and many fall victim to dependency.
Due to the impact of addiction and dependency on your health, social and economical well-being, it presents a threat to you and your family.