Everyone loves a good story. We all have different tastes in the kinds of stories we enjoy. Some of us like thrilling stories. Some of us like fantasies or science fiction. When we read a story we get lost in the narrative. Enmeshed with the world on page, we identify with the characters, we make meaning out of the messages, we visualize a world different from, or similar, to our own. What most people don’t realize is that they are the main character of their own story. They have the ability to decide where their story goes, and to change the different stories they tell themselves along the way. Our life is a narrative and within it there are many sub-narratives which enrich our greater story. Addiction can become part of our story when we forget we get to decide how our story goes. Slowly but surely, we give more of our story away to other narratives, most of which don’t belong to us. We pick up behaviors, beliefs, problems, and opinions about ourselves and about others which aren’t ours to have. All we have to do is change the narrative, by changing our story, to have a different outcome. Narrative therapy was developed to help people separate themselves from their problems. Instead of feeling helpless at the hands of another story, narrative therapy helps clients realize they have the power and capability of using their own tools to change the problem or the way their story is going to go. Many feel that narrative therapy is like waking up in a dream or realizing that they can control our own lives. For many people, the breakthroughs in narrative therapy are profound. We forget that we are capable beings, with tools, who can work through problems. We become convinced that we are stuck within a story instead of realizing we get to change the narrative of our thoughts, actions, and behaviors, if we want to. Through narrative therapy, we realize that everything we experience in life is part of the story from which we can learn, gain experience or knowledge, and grow.
Your story has meaning. Don’t let it end in drug and alcohol addiction. At Oceanfront Recovery we believe that when you change your story, you can change your life. Let us show you how. For information on our men’s dual diagnosis treatment programs, call us today: 877.279.1777