For those with a substance use disorder (SUD), building a life outside of treatment begins with creating a positive environment. People who are beginning their recovery journey might face challenges and obstacles along the way. However, learning to think positive can benefit you far beyond just your recovery.
Positive thinking, simply put, is the practice of focusing on the good in any given situation. Because we know addiction is a disease of the brain, shaping our thinking behaviors into positive thoughts can allow those in recovery to truly live life to its fullest. It’s no surprise that when people feel good, they do good. Positive thinking not only helps improve people’s mental well-being, but can also stimulate positive physical health as well.
Every day might not be good, but there is good in every day.
As great as it would be, we all know that the stresses of life will come, and some days might not seem so great. However, keeping a gratitude journal can help serve as a reminder of all the good surrounding us. Writing the things you are thankful for down on paper can encourage a good frame of mind that will stay with you throughout the day. Challenge yourself to find the good in every situation. Look for ways that negative situations can benefit you and allow for growth in your recovery.
Positive people attract positive people.
Whether you are new into your recovery journey or you have years of sobriety under your belt, one of the most important things you can do is surround yourself with positive people who lift you up. Forming and maintaining positive relationships in your life can be imperative to long-term sobriety. As humans, we thrive on connection and relationships. When those relationships are filling your cup with positive thoughts and positive ambitions, it is much easier to continue a positive and healthy lifestyle. When we are happy, we can act as encouragement to those around us along the way.
Love who you have become.
For those with substance use disorders it was once easy to hide behind drugs and alcohol. When you remove the mask that the substance provided, you are able to learn and embrace who you truly are. Learning about what makes you you means learning how to love who you are. Taking the time to uncover the things that bring you joy and make you happy can increase your chance of long-term sobriety.
Being kind to yourself is an essential part of recovery.
Life will throw you curves and try and knock you down. There will be days where you might not feel your best. When these times come, it is important to look back at how much progress you have made. Setting goals and dreams for yourself keep you moving forward and aiming for a life full of happiness. Surround yourself with those who keep you accountable and can be a good shoulder to lean on. Oftentimes, continued care planning during treatment, can provide you with resources, such as alumni groups and connect apps, which can provide a positive community when times get tough.
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