How Changes in Thinking Can Promote Long-Term Recovery

Posted on July 26, 2017

How Changes in Thinking Can Promote Long-Term Recovery

Negative thinking – and overthinking – can be a detriment to addiction recovery. When clients become too focused on what happened in the past, what might happen in the future, or situations that haven’t worked out perfectly, it can dampen their mood and motivation. Addiction recovery is a journey and it takes time. You will certainly have days that are more challenging than others, but keeping spirits up and pushing through is important.

Take addiction recovery one day at a time. Focus on what is happening in the here and now. You can’t do anything to change the past, and you don’t know what will happen in the future, but you can live in the present. Remember that you don’t have to act upon every thought that comes to your mind. Weed out the ones that are distractions and act upon those that will help you to reach your goals in a healthy way. That means taking steps to push through cravings, not worrying about what others might think, and not letting disappointments ruin your whole day.

Tips for Keeping a Positive Attitude

Surround Yourself with Positive People. Though it can be difficult, break ties with people who are a negative influence and are not fully supportive of your recovery. Spend time with those who respect your new lifestyle and decision to embrace sobriety. Positive people help you to become more positive too and put an end to negative thoughts. Laughter is a great way to boost your mood, and encouragement from others can keep you motivated.

Talk it out. When you’re faced with a racing mind, talk through your thoughts and feelings with someone else. Putting your thoughts into words and sharing them with someone else can validate your feelings and help you to see things from a different perspective. Support groups are a valuable way of connecting with others in recovery who understand the challenges you are facing. You can learn from each other and be a source of guidance, motivation, and accountability.

Get active. Exercise can be a great way to clear your mind and reset your focus. It is natural way to boost endorphins and relieves pent up stress and tension. Take a break to do some yoga, play a round of golf, go for a swim, or take a walk around the neighborhood. For some people, this is a wonderful time to think through problems, while for others it serves as a pleasant distraction. When you come back to them, you may realize things aren’t as chaotic as you thought before.

Write it down. Journaling can also be a great way to cut through all of the thoughts swirling in your head. Start writing everything down. Simply getting it down on paper and out of your head can be a relief. It also allows you to go back and read through things again with a different mindset or perspective. Writing can be very therapeutic.

At Ascension Treatment Centers, clients learn a wide range of strategies to promote positive thinking, reduce stress, and stay focused on long-term recovery. Mental health is an integral part of recovery, and turning negative thoughts into more constructive ones can support long-term success.  Contact us today!