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Positive Thinking in Rehab

Positive Thinking in Rehab

Believing that your life can change is the first step in recovery

How a person approaches life will often determine the quality of it. If a person is a pessimist, this negative attitude will permeate his life and dampen even the positive experiences of life. On the other hand, if a person tries to see things from an optimistic perspective, then he or she can find joy and happiness even in difficult circumstances.

Positive thinking also plays an important role in addiction recovery. If you don’t think you can overcome an addiction to drugs like opium, you probably won’t. Every time you face an obstacle or trigger, you will see this as confirmation of your negative thinking. You will believe that any underlying issues surrounding your opium addiction — such as trauma, PTSD or stress, cannot be effectively addressed so that you can move forward. You’ll be stuck in the past.

How Positive Thinking Helps

However, believing that your life can change is the first step in recovery. Positive thinking will also be an important factor in your recovery process. You will need to thinking positively about different aspects of your recovery.

Parts of recovery impacted by positive thinking include:

  • Affirming the steps necessary to overcome addiction
  • Sustaining your commitment to complete rehab even when you are unhappy
  • Trusting that the staff has the skills and experience to help you
  • Getting along well with other addicts in recovery
  • Believing that you possess the skills to overcome addiction
  • Keeping the long-term goal in mind despite setbacks

Just like a little bit of yeast can permeate a large amount of dough, even a small amount of negative thinking can create an overwhelming mound of pessimism, discouragement, apathy and despair. Thinking pessimistically will derail recovery at every turn.

How to Develop and Keep a Positive Attitude

If you have been prone to pessimism in the past or if you have been in a negative environment, you may have a generally negative outlook on life. However, you can change the way you look at yourself and the world around you.

Tips to develop and maintain positive thinking include:

  • Surround yourself with positive people. Being around pessimists will only bring you down. Choose a different set of friends.
  • Make a list of goals and continually refer to them. Keep them positive: “I will learn three new ways to deal with stress.” This list will keep you focused on the possibilities, not the obstacles.
  • Surround yourself with positive influences. Find inspirational posters for your wall. Purchase inspirational plaques or signs. Read books on positive thinking.
  • Limit your time watching TV. News programs, TV dramas and other similar shows are often laden with depressing statements, themes and stories. If you know a show will bring you down, don’t watch it.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking in a positive direction. As you utilize these techniques, you’ll discover others that are helpful as well.

Getting Help for Your Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to drugs like opium, we can help. You can call our toll free helpline any time. We are available 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators who understands the powerful nature of addiction. Together, we can help you determine the best treatment options based on your unique needs and life situation. Don’t let negative thinking keep you stuck in the cycle of addiction. Choose to believe that you can change your life and call us today to start on the road to recovery.