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  • Writer's pictureChoice Recovery

Two Avenues

There are two avenues in life: the avenue promoted by your heart and the one your addictive voice recommends. What we know to be true is, when you follow suggestions from the heart, you become who you want to be. When you follow the voice of addiction, lies, excuses, blame, and unfulfilled expectations remain your existence.

For the most part, we know what is right. We know how to better ourselves and add value to those who choose to be a part of our life. We understand what messes need to be clean up, what skills should be developed, and what supports are required to advance our life and recovery. However, in our effort to get where we want to go, it always comes down to one question – are we going to do it? As addicts, we know the outcome if we say “no” to this question. We have been under the control of our addictive voice for years/decades. We have experienced the emptiness, hopelessness, and unsatisfying feelings that come from failing to do what is right, from listening to the wrong voice. So why is it so hard to continually do the right thing? The reason why is unique to each of us. It could be because we are scared, resentful, lazy, weak, or many other things. The fact is every addict is capable of doing the right thing if they choose to. Life is full of opportunities and happiness for anyone ready to go after it and willing to challenge their voice of addiction. The decision to live life based on your heart's suggestions comes from a desire for joy and happiness. It comes from a wish to receive the rewards you know life can deliver. It comes from wanting something different. To find this life, it starts with a commitment to beat your voice of addiction through the development of three disciplines:

  • Identify who you want to be and where you want to go.

  • Set daily or weekly goals that will advance you in the direction identified; And

  • Always do what you say you are going to do and what you know is right.

While setting goals and doing what is right sounds easy, it's not. The difficulty comes from the fact that doing what is right often involves doing what we do not want to do. Purposeful living requires the ability to grind through those emotional blockers and hurdles your addictive voice creates. By letting go and transforming yourself into an open, willing, humble, and curious individual, you take away the power of your addiction. You free yourself from those emotional barriers that have prevented you from getting into action and doing what is right. It is your choice what avenue to take and what voice to follow.

About Choice Recovery

Choice Recovery is an outpatient addiction treatment facility on the Tempe/Mesa border serving Phoenix's East Valley. We are MAT friendly with programs designed to treat the whole-person rather than simply the disease of addiction. Whether you or someone you love suffers from Opioid, Alcohol, Heroin, and even Marijuana addiction, Choice Recovery has services that can help.

Our integrated evidence based approach is open to men and women ages 18 to 65. We take most private insurances as well as all AHCCCS plans including Mercy Care, Banner University, United Healthcare, and Care 1st. For more information about our addiction treatment programs please email us at or call us at 480-527-0337.


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