Staying Positive in Addiction Recovery
Most people strive to be truly happy. You can find endless literature on how to achieve happiness in every aspect of life, from your relationship to your closet organization. People in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol are no different. Addiction commonly stems from feelings of emptiness and trying to fill a void. That is why it is critical for recovering addicts to stay positive in their journey, so they do not return to old habits. Below we will list some of our suggestions for living happily.
- Focus on meaningful relationships. Studies show that people who have one or more close friendships appear to be happier. It does not matter if we have a large social network or not. What does seem to make a difference is if, and how often, we both gain and provide social support to friends or loved ones.
- Be kind to others. Taking the time to give back to the community or help someone less fortunate, whether it be volunteering with the elderly or helping out at AA, can help us connect with others and feel more fulfilled.
- Take care of your body. Eat well and stay active, it will nurture the body-mind connection. Research shows that regular exercise has been associated with improved mental well-being and lower incidence of depression. Exercising is also a great way to release the body’s natural endorphins.
- Find your flow. When we are focused on attaining a goal or conquering a challenge, we experience a joyful state called “flow.” Essentially, “flow” is getting into a groove and living totally in the moment. Find an activity that’s both exciting and challenges you, such as pottery, hiking, or horseback riding.
- Value yourself. The work of positive psychologists shows that the happiest people are those who see their own unique strengths and virtues. Embracing the traits that make us wonderful can serve as motivation for staying sober and working towards goals.
- Be optimistic and grateful. Optimists see the good in every opportunity, and being optimistic can actually help us to overcome challenges. Studies have shown that optimism can even effect health, with optimists being more likely to recover from a serious condition than pessimists. Gratitude is associated with optimism, and it has been found that grateful people are generally happier, less stressed, and less depressed.
At A New Start, we have a unique, highly-trained staff specializing in an integrated, multidisciplinary module of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Our staff is passionate about healing the broken, helping them recover from their illnesses and developing healthy behaviors. We believe addressing the whole person, mind, body and spirit is essential for long lasting wellness and recovery. For more information about A New Start, Inc. please call us today at 1.844.TALK.ANS.