Blog Post created by Thomas3.20.2010 on Aug 20, 2019

Words are important. They have not just meaning - they color our existence. The study of words about addiction is a branch of Neuro-linguistics.

Neurolinguistics is based on concepts and models developed by some of the greatest minds in the world of psychotherapy like Milton Erickson, Gregory Bateson, and Virginia Satir. This method examines the fundamental dynamics between the mind (neuro) and language (linguistic); as well as, how their interaction affects the body and behavior (programming). It targets how people:

  1. communicate externally and internally
  2. process, store, and recall information
  3. alter their communication to achieve the results and goals they want

Addicts who have not entered Nicotine Recovery may enter into mistaken beliefs and mistaken neurolinguistics alongside it. I know, sounds weird but true. Here is a list of common errors:

  • Distortions such as focusing on the perceived benefits and ignoring the negative side effects of smoking
  • Generalizations - for example thinking that everybody I know smokes or vapes
  • ModalitiesWords which dictate or imply what is possible, right or necessary; such as, “must”, “should”, or “can’t.” For example, a person thinks he shouldn’t be smoking or another person says she can’t stop smoking.

This process explains how people get stuck in a language both internal and external that supports their addiction. In recovery we can confront the truth of these beliefs and can also choose language that supports our successful quit journey. 

Using phrases like "sickerettes", "quit journey", "day WON!", "I don't do that anymore", among many others, all promote recovery and/or deny addiction errors. 

This alone is reason enough to spend time day and evening at BecomeanEX. You will be retraining your vocabulary for success!

Here is just one EXample: Become 

Stick around here We have both overt and subtle ways of helping your recovery from nicotine in all of it's forms.