One of the characteristics of an addition is the thinking that centers in the brain. The thoughts that race through an addictive mind have been known to be negative in context. Whether your head is telling you that you are not good enough or giving you the urge to use or drink, the adverse concepts that arise within someone can be debilitating to say the least. With the tools of your program and spiritual guidance, you can resist your negative thinking to allow for some positivity to soak in.
Talk to a friend
Pick up the phone and ring one of your friends. Make sure you talk to a pal who has a positive outlook on life instead of someone who likes to complain and gossip. The difference between those types of companions are monumental when it comes to filling up your brain with the right perspective. A positive friend will make you feel better and give you the encouragement you need to take on the day in a much better light.
Make a daily gratitude list
Nothing works better than knowing what you are thankful and appreciative of. In the busy monotony of your daily life, it is easy to forget about the good things that you have and grumble about the things you are resentful at. By taking a few daily minutes to list some attributes you are experiencing in your life, you can change your pessimistic perspective into a positive outlook.
Be of service
The best thing you can do for your sobriety is to put your hand out to others in need. You will find being of service can change your attitude pretty quick. Helping others who are less fortunate can get you into gratitude with more vigor than not being of service at all. Look for volunteering opportunities in your community or take a commitment in your recovery program. Either way, you can stop thinking about yourself for a while and begin to think of others.
Negative thinking may be part of your everyday life, but it does not have to be any longer. Once you start working a program, you will be given tools to combat the unnecessary “stinking thinking” that affects so many people with an addiction. With the changes you are making, you have an opportunity to make a real difference in how you perceive life moving forward. Instead of being doom and gloom, you can be a ray of sunshine that spreads to everyone around you.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a 5-week extensive treatment program that helps those who have a problem with drugs and alcohol. Our holistic therapy and 12-Step aspects combined can help our clients to adorn their soul in recovery.
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