Journaling as Part of Cocaine Addiction Treatment
There are a number of ways you can enhance the effectiveness of your cocaine addiction treatment program, one of which is by keeping a journal during the entire process. Call 800-736-5356 to find safe and reliable rehab centers that will cater to your needs.
Stop and Process
One of the best ways in which journaling can help your recovery from cocaine abuse while in treatment is to allow you to stop and process each day of your convalescence and to take your time reflecting on your thoughts.
According to the National Library of Medicine, “Cocaine speeds up your whole body,” which can seem fun and beneficial at first but eventually becomes problematic and exhausting. Especially if you are used to running a mile a minute while using cocaine, journaling is an exercise that can remind you to slow down.
You can also use this time to give your full attention to whatever has happened to you in the previous day and how you can benefit more from what you are learning.
Journaling and Your Counseling Sessions
Journaling can help you during counseling in many ways as well. Your therapist will likely be happy to read your journal, which can be a way for you to write down thoughts you do not want to say out loud or purge your thoughts and feelings after each day. This can allow your therapist to get closer to you and to understand your situation from a different angle.
However, some individuals do not wish to share their journals with their therapists, and this is perfectly fine as well. You can keep a journal that is just for you and still benefit in therapy, as you will:
- Think about what you want to say to your counselor before your meetings
- Be able to reflect on your sessions with them and consider what stood out most to you and why
- Realize more about what you are feeling by putting it down on paper, therefore making it easier to speak your thoughts aloud in counseling
A study on the holistic approach to substance abuse treatment from the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs states that these modalities are meant to “provide an opportunity for patients to express thoughts and feelings” they otherwise may not be able to.
It can be very hard to open up in traditional treatment modalities like therapy, and for those who can’t yet do so, self-expression is much easier through journaling.
This activity can also make an individual much more confident in their recovery and in themselves because they are truly reflecting on their progress as well as their needs. Journaling can make a world of difference to someone who, otherwise, would have struggled with traditional treatment modalities.
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