What’s Your Proof Profile

This is one of several tools we are making available for free on our website that are mentioned in our book An Ounce of Prevention: A Course in Relapse Prevention.  This sober tool comes from our belief that although feelings are a beautiful part of what makes us human they are not intended to be fact.  At times, feelings can mislead or distort or our thinking in such a way that we begin to engage in negative self-talk.  We invite you to keep reading to learn more about negative self-talk and how we believe the What’s Your Proof Profile can assist in intervening on it.

Although the idea that some form of emotional discomfort awaits every recovering addict appears to be axiomatic,  the way in which the emotional discomfort manifests itself many be different for different people.  One of the ways in which the discomfort can be identified is in the examination of a process referred to as negative self-talk.  Negative self-talk is negative internal dialogue we use to view the world, explain situations and communicate to ourselves in a manner that focuses our attention on what we believe to be wrong with us or our life.

Whether you are new to recovery or have struggled with relapse, it is likely that you have experienced negative self-talk and, if you have indulged yourself in it, then you undoubtedly understand the power it has to diminish hope, evaporate self-esteem, and threaten your resolve to remain sober.  Negative self-talk can be quite seductive when we begin embracing statements such as “I have nothing to offer in this relationship”.

Therefore, it is important to act quickly when the negative self-talk begins or risk succumbing to the seduction it offers.  The therapeutic assignment, What’s Your Proof? is designed to address the seductive elements of negative self-talk.  The tool will help you to recognize that the behaviors or people who might have contributed to your catalogue of self-talk were themselves hurting and that you were a victim of their pain or suffered from collateral damage – but you were not the cause of it.

Click on this link to download a pdf version of this tool: Sober Tools – What’s Your Proof Profile

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