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Seven Ways Positive Thinking Can Help Your Recovery

Maintaining a positive attitude is one of the most important attributes a person can have while in recovery. There are many benefits to developing this practice in your life and each can powerfully contribute to a successful recovery path.

  • Picture a better future. One of the greatest benefits of positive thinking is the ability to picture a better future for yourself. With a positive mindset, you will be able to see a life without drugs, a life where you have a restored sense of balance.
  • Recovery is tough, for everyone. Positive thinking will lend you resilience when times are dark, because you will be better able to further challenge yourself to improve when success seems far off.
  • Keeping depression at bay. Depression is common in those going through recovery. Maintaining a positive attitude will improve your chances of not falling into depression. This will simplify recovery for you because you will not have to address a mental illness in the midst of an addiction.
  • Higher self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is your belief in your ability to achieve a goal. Maintaining a positive perspective on life in general will by default enhance your ability to believe you can successfully walk through recovery.
  • Ammunition to battle the self-defeating thoughts. Most individuals in recovery battle thoughts that say, “You don’t deserve to be clean,” or “You can’t do this, no matter how hard you try.” Keeping a positive thought process in the forefront of your mind gives you ammunition to battle these recovery-stalling thoughts.

Positive thinking will impact more than just your emotional and mental well-being though. There are social implications as well.

  • Family and friends may be more supportive. This may seem unfair, but an individual walking through a difficult season with a positive attitude can be more appealing to support. Your family and friends will find it easier to support you when you maintain a positive attitude.
  • Energy to give to others. While recovery is vital to a healthy life, it is also important to give back to others or to your community. Positive thought s will give you the energy to push forward and give back, whether in the form of volunteering in the community or supporting other addicts.

If you are in a negative season, it can be overwhelming, and drugs or alcohol might seem to make sense to you again. If this is where you are right now, the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about addiction and treatment options near you in Des Moines. They can help you find your way.