Positive Thinking in Rehab

Positive Thinking in Rehab

In the midst of addiction recovery, positive thinking can make a tremendous difference to a person’s wellbeing

When in recovery, a positive thought process is essential to your success. Addiction recovery is a stressful experience.Stress levels are even higher for those who are more susceptible to negativity and unhappiness. Negative thoughts can easily—and quickly—take over your thought process.This has the potential to make a difficult situation worse. On the other hand, a positive mindset can be beneficial to addiction recovery. With the right motivation and practice, you can develop a positive attitude. This often leads to a more gratifying and fruitful rehabilitation experience.

Benefits of Positive Thinking in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is one of the most important times in life. When you have a positive mindset, you will be more successful in recovery. An optimistic point of view helps with new situations. For example, an addict may need to work through a traumatic past experience to get the most out of treatment. This is often a challenging time. The good news is that this is more manageable for someone who thinks optimistically.

A positive mindset can even boost your physical wellbeing.Optimism helps to increase life span, lower depression rates, reduce distress, boost the immune system and reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.[1]

Turning Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones

Even when you understand the importance of positive thinking, this practice can be difficult to apply in real life. Positive thinking requires time and effort to develop. It must become a daily habit. To build a habit, time and repetition are required. Don’t be afraid to start small.

Cognitive reframing is a useful way to turn destructive, negative thoughts into optimistic ones.[2] This method helps patients build self-esteem. To use cognitive reframing, you must first recognize harmful, overly critical thoughts when they enter your mind. When you find yourself with one of these negative thoughts, you turn it into a more positive phrase. For example, a recovering LSD addict who finds herself saying “I am too weak to stop using LSD.” This statement can be rephrased into “Though I still feel the urge to use LSD, I have made great efforts in recovery. I will continue to do so.”

Even if you don’t always believe the newly worded thoughts, you will eventually be able to believe these positive statements. The expression “fake it until you make it” applies. Over time, your efforts will become a reality.When you are a positive thinker, it becomes easier to focus on the good things in life.No matter where you are, you have things to be thankful for. Do you have a close friend who helped you make the step into recovery? Are you fortunate enough to have a stable job that helps you pay for your treatment? Did you enjoy your cup of coffee this morning? Take some time at the end of every day to think about the positive parts of your life. This small step can make a big difference in your life.

Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Recovery can help you find health and happiness in your life. If you or a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have. Don’t wait another moment; take a step forward to your new life today.

[1]http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress.

[2]https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-practice/201301/cognitive-restructuring Cognitive Restructuring. Boyes, Alice. Published on January 21st, 2013.