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Guest Blogger: Barbara Sinor

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Tales of Addiction


One of the hardest things in life is feeling stuck in a situation that we don’t like and we wish to change. We may have exhausted ourselves trying to figure out how to make changes, and we may have even given up on a certain area in our life. However, each new day offers us the opportunity to renew our resolve and to declare to the Universe that we are ready for change.

Many times, it is difficult to understand, even with hindsight, how the choices we have made in the past have created our current situations. It is a good idea to examine the story we tell ourselves about how we arrived in our present situation. If we tend to regard ourselves as having failed at a task or situation, this will block our ability to allow ourselves to succeed. We have the power to change the story we tell ourselves by acknowledging that we have done our best. With insight, knowledge, and support, we have made our best decisions for our life in the past. We can remember the many positive moments on our path to this present moment. We can also recognize that we have learned from our experiences, this will help us determine what our current choices might be, and how to go about making them.

When we do this kind of inner work of viewing our past, we make it possible for the future to be based on a positive self-assessment. This inner shift may allow us to exit the cycle we have been on which keeps us stuck in the past. When we do this kind of inner work of viewing our past, we can declare our intentions to the Universe knowing that we have done what was necessary to allow our lives to change–to begin anew.

Today, you can declare this day to be the day you will end negative habits, cycles, or patterns. You can declare this day to move forward from past emotional pain, anger, and guilt. Today, you can enter into a new way of being. Today, you can declare this day to begin searching for the lessons of past experiences–learn from them, and move into the present!

About the Author

Barbara Sinor, PhD

Barbara Sinor, PhD

Dr. Sinor is a retired Psychospiritual Therapist where she maintained a private counseling practice of over twenty-five years. She counseled individuals and facilitated groups exploring the healing and recovery of post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood abuse/incest, adults of alcoholics, and consulted for substance abuse/addiction recovery centers. Sinor is the author of five books, the last two surrounding the addiction field. In 2009, Addiction: What’s Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program was released, and in 2010 her book Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery became a must read. This book documents stories from those who have been or are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, or for those whose life has been affected by substance addiction through friends and family. Sinor can be reached through her website www.drsinor.com.

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