Addiction is a common and serious problem in America. It affects men and women, young and old, rich and poor. Addiction can take many forms- alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling addiction, sex addiction but each form has a similar effect. The person’s ability to maintain a positive attitude diminishes over time as the desire for their substance of choice becomes stronger. These are some ways to help you maintain a positive attitude during recovery.
Know that you are human and fallible
This is something that nearly everyone with addiction struggles with. You should be kind to yourself and remember that you are just as fallible as anyone else. Be your own friend and encourage yourself to work through recovery challenges.
Remember ‘it could be worse’
Don’t dwell on the past and think you could have been addicted to heroin or sex instead of alcohol or drugs. If you think of it that way, you’ll be just as likely to relapse back into your addiction. Instead, remind yourself that you had a substance abuse problem back then, but that’s in the past now. Your addiction is being managed and has been managed successfully through treatment and recovery.
Remember your goals
When you have clearly defined your goals for recovery, it will be easier for you to maintain a positive attitude. When you have written down your goals and identified the triggers that make you want to abuse your substance of choice, you’ll be less likely to relapse. Those who don’t have any goals are too often tempted to relapse, especially if they aren’t working on a plan for staying sober.
Remember, Laughter is a good medicine
Laughter is a natural stress reliever and a great way to elevate your mood in times of stress or anxiety. Despite your struggles, you should try to be optimistic and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress. It can be difficult and uncomfortable, but it will improve your mental health in the long run.
Remember you’re human
You’re only human, you are going to make mistakes, and that’s okay. One mistake does not mean that you have failed as a person or individual with addiction. You make bad decisions, and you learn from those mistakes. You pick yourself up and go on to live life to its fullest.
Remember you’re strong enoug
Everything that has happened to you in your life has made you stronger, and it’s time for you to put your strength to good use. You have the internal power and strength to remain clean and sober. Keep working at reaching your goals in recovery because if you don’t believe that, who will?
Remember your recovery won’t happen overnight
Recovery from addiction is a process, one that takes time and dedication. Recovery takes patience, a willingness to learn, and openness to change. The best way to stay positive during recovery is to stay optimistic about the future. Remember that it will take some time for you to become completely happy in recovery, but with hard work and support from family and friends, you will remain sober and happy.
Know that you’re never alone during this time
There are resources available to help you along the road to recovery. You should not be ashamed to ask for help. Your loved ones will be willing to listen and help you when you need it. When you fall, you can always pick yourself up because someone out there cares about you and is willing to help.
There are no guarantees in life. Despite what many people say, there are no guarantees in life. Everything is up to chance. Recovery is a challenging process, and it is easy to lose hope. If you get into a negative place, try to remember that everyone experiences relapse, but you can win the battle against addiction. All you can hope for is a good day.
Remember that you are a survivor and not a victim
You will get through this. You have the strength and potential to be a better person because of this experience. You’re always changing, growing, and learning something new each day. Don’t let the negative things that happened to you in the past get out of control. You learned from this experience. Use it to make yourself a better person for your future. In conclusion, the road to recovery is long, with many obstacles and distractions during the journey. You will grow in your knowledge about this process, and you will be taught the tools for making it through the ups and downs of your addiction and recovery journey. Most importantly, you deserve to get sober and stay sober. No one should suffer because of addiction. Feel free to contact 772-266-5320 for help.