The Concept of Self-States in Addiction Therapy

The Concept of Self-States in Addiction Therapy

Many people who struggle with addiction experience themselves as stuck in a fixed pattern of existence. The concept of self-states, however, can help people widen their experience of themselves to allow for greater self-awareness, self-acceptance and flexibility. Rather than seeing themselves as having a personality set in stone, people can see themselves as experiencing different self-states or distinct “modes of being” in response to particular situations for specific periods of time. Using the concept of fluid, temporary self-states can give you immeasurable flexibility and power to alter difficult-to-change behaviors. 

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