Finding Your Way to Sobriety: External vs. Internal Motivation

Maintain sobriety, strenthen your internal motivation

If you’re reading this, it’s a sign that you’re ready to make a positive change in your life. Substance abuse is hard to overcome, but it’s not impossible. Whether you’re looking for reasons to quit or struggling to stay on the right path, understanding the difference between external and internal motivation can be a guiding light toward sobriety. 

External Motivation: The Temporary Push 

External motivation comes from outside sources, like friends, family, legal issues, or health problems. These factors can be powerful drivers for change but often don’t last. They might help you stop drinking/using for a while, but they may not keep you on the sober path in the long run. Think of external motivation like a gust of wind that pushes you forward. It can be helpful, to get your going but it won’t keep you moving if the wind dies down. When external motivation fades, the temptation to drink/use again can creep back in. 

Internal Motivation: The Sustainable Flame 

On the other hand, internal motivation comes from within. It’s the fire that burns deep inside you, fueled by your personal goals, values, and desires. When you quit drinking because you genuinely want to change your life, it becomes a part of who you are, not just something you do to please others or avoid problems. Internal motivation is like a steady flame that keeps you warm even when the external world gets cold. It’s what will help you say no to that tempting drink at a party, or during tough times when nobody’s watching. 

Our goal at the Follman Counseling Agency is to help guide you from external motivation to internal motivation. Our guidance, support, tools, strategies, and discussion help you self-reflect and strengthen your internal motivation. 

Remember, it’s normal to have moments of doubt and struggle. But when your internal motivation is strong, you’ll find the strength to overcome these challenges and stay committed to your sobriety.

 External motivation can give you a temporary push, but it’s your internal motivation that will keep you on the path to sobriety in the long run. Strengthen your inner desire for change, set clear goals, and build a support network to help you along the way. You have the power within you to break free from substance use and create a brighter, healthier future for yourself. Stay strong, and keep moving forward. 

You’ve got this!