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We Are Not Our Thoughts

It is our actions that define us, not our thoughts. The power of the mind is incredible, and sometimes, unfortunately, its power is used against us. We can be persuaded to believe the negative thoughts that roll around in our head and mistakenly base our identity and future on who these thoughts make us out to be. However, these thoughts only become real if we choose to act on them.

Our thoughts are often based on the experiences and influences that have gotten us to the present moment. They are what we know, have lived, and are comfortable with, even if they aren’t the greatest of memories. We let them define our attitudes, beliefs, and outlook on life. And many times, the more we listen to them, the unhappier we get.

The good news is, we are not our thoughts, we are our actions, and we control our actions. The only responsibility we have is to do the next right thing regardless of the conversation going on in our head. We all know the difference between right and wrong and good and bad. If our thoughts keep pushing us away from doing what is right, it is our job to recognize what is happening and stay committed to who we want to be.

It is no fun battling the demons in our head. It can be a struggle that is filled with hopelessness, stress, and anger, but this unwanted state does not have to be permanent. Where we go in life and recovery is based on the choices and actions we make. The fact is, if we always act with purpose, we will fundamentally change, which includes the type of thoughts that roam the hallways of our brain.

Our life’s journey is based on action, not solely on our thoughts; choose to take control of your life by acting on what is right, not the destructive thoughts that mysteriously enter your mind.

FOR CONSIDERATION: Doing the right thing will deliver satisfaction and peace to our souls, but it won’t remove every negative thought. The truth is, there may be nothing we can do to remove every negative thought that enters our minds. The reason is we don’t have control over our thoughts. They have the ability to come and go as they please. However, this is not a bad thing because these thoughts can be the cue that keeps us focused on purposeful action. We can use them to remind us of what doesn’t work, is unhealthy, and where our lives will end up if we stop doing the next right thing.

Addiction Treatment | Choice Recovery

Addiction treatment on an outpatient level is available at Choice Recovery. Choice Recovery is located in downtown Mesa and offers morning, evening, and telehealth IOP - intensive outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Our integrated, evidence-based level of care works with individuals committed to transforming their lives.

The Choice Recovery addiction treatment center accepts AHCCCS | Medicaid insurance including Mercy Care, Banner University, AZ Complete Health, and United Healthcare. Choice Recovery also accepts private insurance. For more information about the Choice Recovery program, please email us at or call 480-527-0337.


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