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Invade Your Own Privacy – The Virtues of An Addict Rereading Their Journals

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By August 31, 2018

Journaling can reveal so much of who a person is. There’s freedom in the confession of who we are, no matter where each aspect of us lands on the spectrum between a perceived “good” and perceived “bad”, you learned that attending one of Discovery Institute’s rehabs in NJ. Everyone needs the release of telling their story, that’s why it’s important to speak up at group therapy or twelve step meetings. A journal gives you a safe place to talk about your fears, regrets, and ambitions without having to worry about someone’s judgement or the fear that that they will misuse your trust somehow. A journal can also help you track your personal tendencies and habits and help you understand how your mental well being interacts with your addiction and your efforts toward sober living in New Jersey.

Discovery InstituteWhy Reading Your Own Journal Can Help You Succeed at Sober Living in New Jersey

After you’re home from Discovery Institute, the best New Jersey Rehab, you might feel vulnerable, and afraid of moving forward. If you get to a point in your sobriety where your life feels stagnant, like you haven’t improved or gotten any better through all of the treatment and pain, then reading your old journals can provide you with some much needed perspective. It might be painful to read them but you’ll see how far you’ve come, and you may even better understand what aspects lead you to living a life overtaken by chemical dependency.

Don’t Betray Your Own Trust

As you read your journals, make sure you are kind to yourself. It can be overwhelming to see yourself, through the pages, lying to those you love and even to yourself. Maybe your inner thoughts from before you got sober seem like a completely different person.

Don’t use what you read in your journal to hurt yourself. Have compassion for the you that was dealing with the worst parts of addiction. Take note of how different you feel now. Let yourself take solace and confidence from how different you feel. As you continue to read through them, it can be a useful exercise to work with a therapist to better connect with the hard parts of who you were then.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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