The concept of intuition has not always been appreciated or understood. Intuition usually refers to a gut feeling about a person or circumstance that causes you to react in a certain way.  Some people may think intuition refers to psychic ability, and believe that intuitive feelings and decision-making are not grounded in reality. Researchers have discovered, however, that tapping into your intuition can be a valuable and highly logical practice.  By better understanding the science behind the existence of human intuition, and how to best exercise your intuitive powers, you can apply this concept to your life and improve decision-making.  

While some people believe intuition is a form of communication with a higher power or a manifestation of our spiritual selves, studies analyzing intuitive decision-making have found a more scientific basis of support for the validity of intuition.  This research has found that intuition is derived from subtle recollections of past experiences and subconscious observations of your environment. For example, you may feel intuitively that you should avoid someone you just met, but you aren’t sure of why.  This might be your intuition recognizing a quality in that individual that reminds you of someone who has hurt you in the past. In this way, intuition can protect you from physical and emotional harm.

Trusting Your Gut Is Empowering

On a larger scale, intuition can help guide you when you are looking to make significant changes in your life.  However, if you are in recovery from addiction, you may feel disconnected from your intuition and unable to trust your own decisions.  Substance abuse can make life all about the next high, and therefore many decisions are already made for you by your addiction. You can start rebuilding your intuition by listening to your body’s physical cues, such as hunger and fatigue.  You may also want to try meditation to create space in your mind and allow more authentic thoughts and emotions rise to the surface. A holistic treatment plan can help you harness the power of your intuition to make better choices going forward.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  We use an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.