There are a lot of tools that are needed to build a car. From the person who delivers the parts, to the engineer who designed the model, each aspect is important. Regardless of the amount of work and effort that are needed to make the car, it is the driver who chooses how it is maintained. The same is true with recovery and the long journey it takes to get there. A person with an addiction or an eating disorder may be provided with all of the tools they need such as a therapist and dietitian. However, without the necessary intrinsic motivation, that person will most likely not be successful in their recovery.
Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from within oneself. It is one of the most important tools that must be utilized during the recovery process. Your intrinsic motivation can stem from many places. Perhaps you want to play a sport, be a mother or just walk the dog. Whatever your reasoning, it is a key tool that motivates you to put in the effort to recover; the reality is that recovery is extremely hard work and does not happen overnight.
Take the time to journal your thoughts and remind yourself of both your values and goals. Use these tools as a friendly reminder to keep trying, and to not give up, even when things get tough. If you are having difficulty finding your intrinsic motivation for recovery, allow an expert like those available at the Inner Door Center® to guide you in a safe environment. Remember the power that you have and the difference that you can make in your recovery process. You can be your best friend or your worst enemy; the choice is yours.
If you are interested in having an expert at the Inner Door Center® help you or a loved one in your recovery please call our office at (248) 336-2868 or visit our website at innerdoorcenter.com.
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