– March 30, 2017

Currently, emotions are understood to be neurochemical processes in the brain. Many regard their emotional brain as the wild unknown, the human vulnerability which separates our logic from that of animals. For those in treatment, learning to work with emotional states is a lifelong challenge for which there are many tools.

Researcher, psychologist, professor, and author argues that emotions are not segregated from other functions in the brain. Instead, she argues that emotions are a part of our most basic survival methods and everything that we do. Barrett suggests that emotions are born out of anticipation of everything that is about to happen. Speaking with Forbes, Barrett says,”Your brain is wired to anticipate– to predict every sight, sound, smell…these preparations inside the body are the basis of your feelings.”

Often, what we perceive is a reflection of who we are as opposed to a manifestation of what is real. We need to see and relate to things as we need to see and relate to things before we can become fully present with things as they truly are. Emotions are our way of helping us tune into that experience even more deeply. “We can choose to fine-tune our expressions of how we feel and what we are sensing at any given moment,” the article explains.

Creating more detail in our emotional output requires having a detailed understanding of our emotions. Emotional intelligence is a central component in most treatment programs for addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring mental health conditions. Substance abuse is proven to halt the developmental process. Essentially, at any age which someone started abusing substances, they are halted emotionally at that age. Many people with addictions come from trauma filled backgrounds which create blurred definitions on what emotions mean, how they function, and whether they are allowed to be expressed. By the time the treatment phase begins, an individual tends to be out of touch with their emotions. Drugs and alcohol are analgesics and produce excess dopamine in the brain. Identifying a feeling, identifying with a feeling, and expressing, as well as articulating that feeling, is a life changing development for most.

Get Real Recovery has created a comprehensive treatment program drawing on a wide variety of treatment methods to provide the care needed for eliminating self-sabotaging behaviors and building a foundation for success in sobriety. For more information, 866-983-3651.

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