We hear that changing the way you think can transform your life so many times, but how many of us have actually tried to put that into practice? Recovery is a perfect opportunity to transform your mindset, and for many in recovery, it's the only way to survive.
It's true that addiction can be overcome with the aid of medications or other substances that are designed to curb the physical dependence, but a drastic change in a person's thinking will do a lot to curb the mental dependence a person has on alcohol or drugs. It's not an easy feat and will take hard work, patience, and dedication. Just know that changing your mindset can lead to a successful recovery, as well as transforming the way you live your life.
It's important to pay special attention to your mindset during the early stages of recovery, when the risk of a relapse is much higher. Learning how to encourage a positive mindset during this vulnerable time is valuable because it gives you the motivation to stay on track with recovery, work hard, and look at any challenges that arise as opportunities to learn and grow.
A negative mindset during recovery will do quite the opposite. A person will probably not get much out of their treatment, have a higher chance of dropping out, and run the risk of falling back into addiction. Make the most out of the opportunities recovery provides for healing and new beginnings by encouraging a healthy, positive mindset. Here are 5 tips for doing just that:
1 . Know that you are worth it. Many people start out recovery after one of the most difficult periods of their lives where feelings of self worth were at an all time low. It's difficult to go from rock bottom to building the foundations of a new life and increasing your self esteem. It can be done though. The only way to begin the process of rebuilding your life is by first acknowledging that you are worth it.
This sounds simple, but you'd be surprised at how incredibly hard it can be for someone new to recovery. Know that you deserve a life of happiness of fulfillment, and that addiction isn't the only thing that defines you. Find the motivation and strength you have inside of you to move forward with a new sense of worth.
2 . Be open to change, and the uncomfortable places it may take you. Change is absolutely necessary if you want to encourage real progress in your life. It can be one of the most scary things to experience, and many people go through their whole lives resisting it. Change can be uncomfortable, confusing, and overwhelming among other things, but it's the only way to reach your goals.
In your recovery, you will need to make many changes to your lifestyle, including the relationships you have, the places you go, and the things you do everyday. Be open to where these changes take you and trust that you're headed in the right direction.
3 . Own up to your actions. In recovery it's time to stop blaming others. This is a tough habit to break, especially if you've been stuck in a victim role for most of your life. By starting to take responsibility for your actions, you open yourself up the benefits of recovery and take a big step toward becoming a better person.
4 . Know that you have a bright future. In addiction, it's hard to even imagine that something better and brighter is in store for you. Recovery gives you a way to reach that kind of life. You just have to believe it's possible.
5 . Learn to give to others selflessly. Service is another big step in the recovery process toward changing your mindset. When you are able to help others while setting aside your ego, you learn to develop a real sense of self worth and a healthier, more realistic perspective on life.