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Hey, this is Matt. Welcome to video number two on “Mindsets and Belief Systems” that you’re going to need to both rewire your brain and easily overcome opioid addiction.
So when we first start talking about this, I always like to start off with teaching you about neuro-associations.
That means what your brain links to certain things and whether at links, specifically, whether your brain links pain to something or links pleasure to something.
And this is very important because all of our human behavior is really just to accomplish only two things.
We’re either doing things to avoid pain or we’re doing things to gain pleasure.
And this is very important too: We will do much, much more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure.
And so these neuro-associations can either work for us or against us.
So let me kind of go a little bit deeper into neuro-associations.
Neuro-Associations Can Hurt or Help You
Now, a lot of people try to quit opiates and they really want to, but they cannot. And it’s because many times they’re linking pleasure to still using them and they’re linking pain to the process of getting off, and they’re linking pain to living life without these opioid drugs.
So most people, once they get really sick of being dependent on opioids, they usually link pain to using opioids at that point.
But the problem is, and the reason why it’s so difficult to quit is they link even more pain to the process of getting off and even more pain to living life without the drugs having to go through the months of the post-acute withdrawal and then not having the benefits that they gave him.
So the trick is, the way you can really rewire your brain to get off opioids with the least amount of force opposing you is to be able to link extreme pain to using opioids and massive ultimate pleasure to getting off opioids and living life free from addiction.
So that’s the way to do it. So there’s a little, make sure you click on the PDF downloads, what you’re going to teach you more about the stuff in this video.
So that’s your neuro-associations. So again, you want to link pain to using opioids.
And that’s what the first video did.
All those reasons to quit using opioids, I was trying to get you to link more and more pain. It’s like, “wow, yeah, I’ve got that too. Yes, I’ve got this reason. Yeah, all these reasons are making sense.”
Some it’s trying to build the pain and then the rest of these videos and pdf downloads are going to try to help you link pleasure to getting off of them.
So that’s really the ticket.
Now let’s talk about the power of commitment.
So a lot of people try to quit opioids, but they cannot because they’re not really 100% committed.
They might be 90% committed, 95% or 40% committed.
But in my experience, it really takes 100% commitment to have the easiest time.
Otherwise, it’s going to be a struggle if there’s even 1% of ambiguity.
So you cannot have, there’s no room for any ambiguity.
You need to be 100% like “this is what I’m doing and there’s no “ifs, ands, or buts.”
“No matter what, I’m going to quit.”
And I really, I want to read you my favorite definition of commitment.
And it’s from a book I read many years ago called Transformational Life Coaching.
So this is a PDF download that you can click on to down there, but I’m going to read it for you cause it’s very powerful. So it’s on commitment.
“Commitment means putting all of your resources behind that which you have chosen.
It means no holding back, no waiting to see if something or someone better will come along.
It means no more whining or complaining about the obstacles.
It means no more waiting for someone else to do it for you.
Commitment is not passive complacent or helpful.
It is active and determined.
It means getting out and making it happen.
It means putting 100% of you on the line and going for what you want.
When you are truly committed, nothing will get in your way.
No reason or excuse can stop you.
When you are committed to someone or something, there is no more doubt or confusion.
You have direction, focus and purpose.
Commitment enables you to have freedom and power.
Commitment means you back yourself 100%.
It means you stand behind your choices unwaveringly.
Commitment means claiming your power to manifest what you want in your life.
Commitment ultimately means being totally committed to you.”
I just love that definition. And now let’s talk about another resource which is called “Motivation.”
Motivation & Other Resources
So as you see at the top, “motivation is not enough.” What motivation is, it’s the spark that ignites the process.
Motivation gets it going.
You’re watching this video right now, you’re taking this course, so the motivation is the spark that gets the process going.
But then these other things are what propel you to your goal.
We just talked about commitment and then we’ve got “resolve, self-awareness, self-compassion, diligence, persistence, self-discipline, positive habits, and courage.
If you nurture and strengthen all of these resources right here, there is no doubt in my mind that you are going to crush this obstacle and you are going to live a life free from opioid dependence.
And now let’s talk about belief systems needed.
Belief systems are very important. If you really, really have the right belief systems in place, nothing can stop you.
So you have to believe with all of your heart that life will be awesome after you quit opioids.
You have to believe that you have the power to overcome any obstacle in life.
So I really do believe that if you believe you can, then you’re already halfway there.
It’s so important that you have belief in your ability to do this, you know, have confidence in yourself and your own self-efficacy because you have the power and to do anything and you have to view the obstacle of overcoming opioid dependence as an opportunity to grow.
It really can be your biggest opportunity in life to grow as a person.
It’s just so much better when you get to the other side.
You know, it doesn’t, it’s not a fun process at the beginning, but you can get off with ease.
So there’s always some fear when you’re trying to do it. But if you have the right opioid withdrawal, detox plan, and post-acute plan, it can be pretty simple and actually pretty comfortable.
But you have to view all of this as an opportunity to grow because there probably are going to be some struggles.
There probably is going to be at least some discomfort.
Now we’re going to talk about the power of leverage.
So let’s talk about leverage. Without high levels of motivation, leverage is necessary.
So if you’re watching these videos and you’re on opioids, I already know you’re motivated.
But if you are the loved one of someone that’s addicted to opioids and they may not think that they have a problem, or they may know they have a problem but they’re not ready to get off, they’re not motivated.
So what’s going on?
The only way they’re going to get off if they’re not motivated is if somebody has leverage on them.
So leverage, here’s some examples…
You know, CPS tells you that you only have 30 days to get off opioids, otherwise you’re going to lose custody of your children.
That’s some pretty extreme leverage.
Or your spouse says that they’re going to leave you if you don’t get clean.
So those are areas where even if you’re not motivated, you’re going to get motivated once they pull that leverage on you.
Okay, so let’s talk about the power of your “Why” and that’s your reason.
A Compelling “Why”
Your “Why” is your reason why you want to quit or your reasons why you want to quit. You really need powerful and compelling reasons to get off opioids.
If your “Why” doesn’t get you your emotional energy and passion seriously charged, it’s probably not strong enough.
“Push Motivation” does require a lot of willpower and they’ve found in studies that willpower is a limited resource.
So it’s really hard.
I always tell people to focus on “Pull Motivation.”
It doesn’t require willpower.
If you have strong enough reasons, if you’ve got the most compelling vision of your future and reasons why you want to get off opioids, well that can pull you like a magnet with unlimited energy and passion and momentum to your goal.
So that in my opinion is a very powerful exercise is to write down your reasons why you want to quit opioids and try to get your emotional juices flowing.
And that is just going to be the most amazing way to do it.
So that is the end of the training video, guys.
Thanks for watching and I’ll see you on the next video. Take care.
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