Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information, or the environment.
The above is the definition of the word, ‘perception‘. What we each perceive as being the truth is, to us, the truth. There’s a glitch here, though. You may be colorblind and I’m not. I may try as hard as I can to convince you that my favorite flowers are the beautiful red, crimson and pink ones (in the top photo below); however, you are insisting that you only see yellow, blue, lavender, green and white ones (bottom photo reflecting someone who is clinically colorblind). Who’s correct? Think about it. I am seeing the colors as I perceive them, but so are you! So, to me, I’m 100% correct in describing the colors; however, you’re 100% correct as well – even though we are both seeing the same beautiful garden in different colors.
So, what does any of this have to do with addiction recovery?
Perception has everything to do with addiction recovery! What you perceive as truth is your truth. Let me give you another example. We each use different mental processes when we formulate impressions of other people. As a matter of fact, many of us regret making snap judgments about someone who later turns out to become a close friend. Our first impressions are based upon our past personal interactions and our own personal traits. Someone who you perceive as being evil may be perceived by someone else as being a kind and caring person. Again, who’s right? This perceptive behavior is what brings friends together; however, it also brings about those hellish clicks of people who we all love to hate. So, getting back to recovery, we all have different perceptions of what happens in the various addiction recovery program, as well as preconceived notions about whether or not these programs work. Our perceptions come from the media’s opinions, the seductive ads we see on TV for expensive rehabs, the success or failure of friends and family, and what we have read online and in newspapers or books. Our own worst enemy can beour personal perception that is based on all of these sources combined, which may or may not be factual.
How does a person decide what’s real and what could be a false perception?
Have you ever heard of, ‘just the facts ma’am’? We need to gather the facts – without the bias of our preconceived perceptions. Consider other possibilities. Evaluate the success or failure of a program. Weigh your options. See what the statistics are. Consider going out of the box when it’s not looking too good. Make the decision that you perceive will be the best for you. Consider God, who is the Creator and Master of all things; is there anything impossible for Him to do for you?
As a final word, I come back to the title of this post:
Don’t be deceived by what you perceive.
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