Think about what comes to mind when you think of patterns or behaviors. Likely it means doing something repetitive, over and over again, often without much thought given to the action. But when you’re in recovery, you can recognize that certain behaviors and attitudes have gotten you into trouble in the past. You learn in recovery that old behaviors from your addictive past have been destructive and that you can make important changes in your new life in sobriety.
Tonight, we talk about Old Behaviors
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We are reluctant to change. It may be more that we’re afraid of change, so starting something new is impossible. The fact that others tell us that change is beneficial does little to stop the fear of change. Overcoming the fear is a unique and personal process that we have to go through on our own. This does not mean we cannot rely on the advice and encouragement of others. Indeed, it is in listening to stories that we may be motivated to start making important changes in our own life. So, recognizing patterns is first and foremost the initial step that people in recovery need to take.
What comes first to mind when you hear the expression “Old Behaviors”?
What are some of your old behaviors that were self destructive?
When you were new, how did you learn you needed to change?
What did you need to change to stay sober?
What part of the program helped you identify old behaviors?
What part of the program helped you change old behaviors into new ones?
What stops you from changing self destructive attitudes?
Some examples may be:
Stubbornness: needing to always be right
People pleasing: at the cost of your own happiness or health
Obsessing about perfection
Blaming: inability to accept responsibility for your own mistakes
Inability or refusing to ask for help
Fear of taking healthy risks
Negative self talk
Self guilt and feeling undeserving of good things in life
For you, when an old behavior is recognized, what do you do that is healthy for you?
What is most likely to trigger old behaviors today?
What are your triggers?
How do you replace negative habits?
Do you think about your old self and feel guilt and remorse?
What is stinking thinking?
How do you fight these emotions?
Have you changed an old behavior into an asset?
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What Old Behaviors do you struggle with?
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What would be your answer?
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What would you say to the new guy about Old Behaviors?
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