New brain research from the past decade has proven that our brains can change for the better through neuroplasticity. Thus, by intentionally doing things that create these positive changes, you have the ability to reshape your brain and even your identity.
The most powerful force in the human psyche is the need to remain consistent with our identity.
If we view ourselves as an “addict” or “alcoholic”, this leads to addict and alcoholic behaviors.
If we view ourselves as an “addict or alcoholic trying to stay clean”, it can be difficult because addicts and alcoholics use drugs and drink.
Thus, the most effective way for most people to recover from addiction is to shift their identity.
And the most cutting-edge research is now proving that we can actually change our brain and the way we view ourselves, leading to an identity shift where we become the type of person that would never want to use drugs or alcohol in the first place.
Here are the main topics discussed in this episode:
- Getting energy from alcohol
- Getting energy from opioids
- The concept of neuroplasticity
- Optimizing brain health and then getting tired from alcohol or opioids
- Exercise causing neuroplasticity
- Reading causing neuroplasticity
- Novel experiences causing neuroplasticity
- Supplements that lead to the creation of new neurons
- How Chris used neuroplasticity to recreate his brain and have an identity shift
- How Matt used neuroplasticity to recreate his brain and have an identity shift
- The process of shifting your identity from an addict or alcoholic to a person that is totally recovered
- The myth of “Once an addict or alcoholic, always an addict or alcoholic” and how some people are able to use responsibly after being addicted at one point
- Self-development leaders, books, and ideas that can help you shift your identity
- Reframing how you view drugs or alcohol as well as addiction and recovery
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