How to Maintain a Positive Attitude While in Recovery

A positive attitude during and after rehab is an important part of recovery. It can keep you from depression and help you realize that you deserve to lead a happy, drug-free life. Furthermore, it can give you the strength you need to make good choices on a daily basis, and it can constantly strengthen your resolve to remain sober. In other words, to maintain a positive attitude takes determination and regular use of coping skills that you learn during rehab. But, if you practice such disciplines and stay positive about recovery, then you can not only get, but also stay clean from drugs and alcohol.

Use Coping Strategies After Rehab Ends

One of the best ways to maintain a positive attitude during addiction recovery is by employing the strategies that rehab taught you to deal with drug cravings. Coping strategies (like changing locations, trying a new activity, getting together with friends or calling your accountability partner) can all help turn negative thoughts into positive ones. Although you will feel tempted in the first place to get down on yourself for craving drugs, coping strategies can quickly boost your mood to help you focus on sobriety until the cravings pass.

The Power of Positivity in Addiction Recovery

Maintaining a positive attitude not only helps you deal with drug cravings, but it also gives you the strength to reach your goal of staying clean. This type of self-efficacy is a powerful tool in your arsenal against relapse, because, each time you resist the temptation to relapse, it makes it that much easier to refuse drugs next time. Furthermore, your ongoing support group can help build your confidence and encourage a positive attitude by keeping you motivated. They can describe you how far you’ve come and how strong you are, which will boost your self confidence and help you maintain positivity about your recovery. Also, a positive attitude also helps prevent depression, a common plague to recovery, and it provides a natural boost to the immune system. In other words, the better you feel physically and emotionally, the more likely you are to have a successful recovery.

Find Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

A positive attitude can help you commit to remain drug and alcohol free. If you or a loved one struggles with substance abuse, we are here for you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about available rehab options.

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