Your subconscious mind always listens to what you tell it, and it definitely believes you. If you tell yourself you are afraid, your subconscious mind will respond to this feeling, or any other feeling that you are overcome with. When a recovering addict makes it through the physical withdrawal phase but later returns to their drug of choice, the subconscious mind is often blamed. To better familiarize yourself with the role of the subconscious mind in addiction, we need to begin by understanding what the subconscious mind, how it works, and its role in addiction. Allow our team of drug interventionists in Passaic County NJ to impart some wisdom on an otherwise sleeper subject in the world of addiction.
The conscious thinking part of our brain makes up only 17% of the total brain. The rest is subconscious. The brain takes in about 2,000 bits of information per second, and most of it is rerouted to our subconscious. The role of the subconscious mind is to process information that you don’t have the capacity to process consciously. It will automate certain actions and allows us to act in the world, instead of being bogged down by processing an infinite amount of inbound data. Have you ever experienced a power outage in your home? Most of you will probably answer yes. Point being, when this happens, have you ever entered a dark room that has been without power for a few hours, and reflexively flicked on the light switch? That is the subconscious mind at work!
The more proficient you become at understanding the subconscious mind, the easier it is to see how it correlates with addiction. Drugs are either stimulants or depressants. They wake us up or dull us down. Either way, the subconscious mind can interpret them as a benefit. By taking drugs a few times, you will see that your subconscious mind will start to form its own conclusions, eventually implementing them into your subconscious reactions.
Everytime you feel stressed, tired, or inundated with withdrawal symptoms, the subconscious will pop up and inform you to reach for that drug. It assumes it’s being helpful because the association of the negative effects of the drug has not been communicated to the subconscious.
So how does addiction correlate with the subconscious and conscious states of the mind? Both psychologists and philosophers have deliberated for centuries on the subject, by closely evaluating the conscious and subconscious mind. The study is captivating, and came back with some fascinating findings. For those who need a refresher-The conscious mind relates to your higher level of thinking and processing of information. This is where the mind stores memories and events from the day, feelings, and information. In this state of mind, a person is acutely aware of their thoughts, and the environment that surrounds them. The subconscious mind will incorporate automated processes and life functioning. Behaviors we learn are stored here. With this state of being, our fight or flight response is active, which is yet another automated process. Under the subconscious mind, a plethora of processes happen without our full awareness of them. So, how does the conscious and subconscious mind relate to addiction? Its relationship is more prevalent than you realize.
Addicts have an inability to stop behaviors that they themselves recognize to be destructive or downright dangerous, yet they don’t have the capacity to put a stop to it. Without conscious thinking, our subconscious body and mind cannot distinguish between pain or pleasure that threatens, rather than promote our growth and well-being. When in perfect harmony, both the conscious and subconscious mind work well with one another to allow for balance in the brain. Drugs interfere with this balance, causing the two minds to endure lapses in communication and functioning irregularly. You can read more on addiction and cognition from this study published by Addiction Science & Clinical Practice.
Because the subconscious can only react to stimuli and what you tell it, you can, undoubtedly, use your subconscious mind to free yourselves from the shackles of addiction. Keep in mind that the subconscious mind operates closely with associations. One way to hack your subconscious mind is by feeding it different kinds of associations. This can sound easier said than done for some. That is where the team of clinicians and drug interventionists in Passaic County NJ can lend a helping hand. North Jersey Rehabs will help you to train your subconscious mind to work for you as a tool, in your recovery. To further discuss treatment options with one of our team members, contact us today!
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