An individual’s identity, or self-image, constantly adapts to the environment, rather than just remaining static.
Most people are able to incorporate multiple different identities into their daily life. For example, someone may have a work identity in the workplace, along with a different identity while they are relaxing with friends and family.
Since identity is never fixed, as an adult, a person may have an evolved identity or self-image from their teen years.
The Identity of An Addict
People who fall into an addiction tend to adopt a certain new type of identity. Their new self-image is typically influenced by other substance abusers.
An addict identity may involve different beliefs, ideas, behaviors, and motivations, such as:
- The priority in life is getting drunk or high
- A belief that substance abuse causes people to be more creative
- A distrust of addiction professionals
- The idea that sober people are boring
- A higher tolerance for sexual promiscuity than the average person
- A willingness to use dishonesty to achieve a goal
- An “us against them” mentality used to bond with other groups of addicts
How to Escape the Addict Identity
When an addict decides to become sober and to recover from their addiction, part of the process involves shedding the negative aspects of the addict identity. A recovering addict will often need to avoid friends and acquaintances with whom they used to drink or do drugs. These individuals will only pull the recovering addict back into their former identity.
To escape the addict identity you may decide what type of person you would like to become, and then move forward with building those positive personality traits.
The environment that you are in can have a huge effect on your identity. Therefore finding a sober living home can be one of the best steps to changing your life.
Contact the Tharros House today to learn more about how a sober living home may benefit you in your recovery.