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Does My Attitude Affect My Addiction Recovery?

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

One of the most important things to get under control when on the road to recovery from addiction is your own mindset and attitude. Approaching recovery with the wrong mindset can leave your efforts in vain and send you back to using. There are several ways that your attitude can affect your recovery, and there are several things you can do to try to get yourself into the right attitude.

Focus on the Positive

During your recovery, you are going to have to give up a lot more than just your addictive habits. You also need to leave behind friends with the same addiction, and places and things you did while indulging in your addiction. It can be easy to be plagued by thoughts of your old drug, your old friends that you used to use with, and the old places that you used to visit while addicted. However, the more that you focus on that aspect of recovery the more likely that you will be to return to your old habits. It is much more important to focus on the things that you are gaining by giving up your drug of choice. By giving it up, you are retaking control of your life. You can make new friendships, and you regain control of your health when you finally get clean, and you can become interested in more fulfilling hobbies or even get a job. None of those things are possible at the height of addiction.

Take Responsibility for Your Decisions

It is important that you approach your recovery with the mindset that you are taking control of your life back. To do this, you have to accept responsibility for your actions, including the behaviors that started your addiction. According to Resource Recovery Group, you need to understand the root cause of your addiction, or you won’t be able to recover successfully. If you blame your addiction on the drug itself or external factors, you will always feel subject to their will. The strength that it takes to recover has to come from inside you; it cannot be in response to some kind of external stimuli.

Do It for Yourself

You have to be recovering for yourself. If you are cleaning up your life for somebody else, then the changes that you make will likely not be permanent. To make a full and successful recovery, you must have your own well-being in mind. If you focus on yourself and the reasons why you believe you should be clean, then you are much more likely to kick your habit and keep it kicked. It is always important to keep looking forward to recovery.

Another essential way to change your attitude for the better is to change your perspective on getting help. There’s no shame in it at all, in fact asking for help when you need it is one of the sanest and most powerful decisions you can make. It’s not only incorrect, but also quite arrogant to think that we have to make it through recovery alone, as even people at the top of their game, people who have made it big as an athlete, or those who have shown the most mental strength in the past may also need help from time to time.

Searching for ‘IOP’ treatment near me,’ if you need help to come to you, or researching rehab centers in the local area, or simply asking friends or family for help and becoming totally honest with them can be the best step you’ve ever taken.

Accept the help

Your friends and family will likely be the first to be concerned about you, suggesting an intervention program and rallying around you to get you healthy again. These are the people in your life that you need the most because they will be the first ones to tell you whether you are going through something that is dangerous and while they will sound like they’re interfering, that’s the point. We all need people who will gladly interfere and tell us when things are wrong because if they didn't, the likelihood is that you would be left behind. If you don't have the right attitude to accept the help, however, it’s likely going to be far beyond you to be able to do it. So, accept it even if you grit your teeth and you think people will be nosey!

Recovering from an addiction isn’t easy, but it is possible. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, especially if you are having a difficult time. Your support groups can help you turn your negative experiences into positive ones.

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