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Your Recovery Might Thrive if You Can Release These Old Ideas

Your Recovery Might Thrive if You Can Release These Old Ideas

As someone with addiction, you may be aware that your choices got you into some pretty tight and difficult spots. You may not be as aware of all of how it impacted you and others, but recover from addiction is about releasing unhealthy thoughts and patterns that led you to drink and use drugs while also releasing old ideas of who you thought you were to become who you are meant to be.

Unhealthy Thoughts

If you are to let go of old ideas, you must become aware of which thoughts or ideas might be hampering your recovery. The disease of addiction can take you by surprise with its ferocious appetite to swallow everything in its path. Hanging onto unhealthy thought patterns can get in the way of your growth and even set you up for relapse. Negative thinking is an example of an old idea that can give you an excuse to drink or use drugs. Some other ways include:

  • Negative self talk about your self worth and confidence
  • Kicking yourself for what you should have done but haven’t
  • Holding onto the ideas you should be doing something with your life and feeling like a failure

You may have high expectations of yourself and others. Release your ideas that others are responsible for your life. Once you start owning your life and accept what happened to you growing up, you can start to heal the trauma that lingers and move forward in a healthy way.

Open to New Ideas

A huge part of recovery is being open to new thoughts and ideas. It does not mean you will have to let go of everything you ever thought you knew but you can try to work at releasing habits that hold you back from moving forward. It is human nature to cling to what you think you know, even if it is unhealthy and destructive. For any change to take place, you have to be willing to change. If you allow new people into your life, people who have healthy habits can help you grow. Learning to have a more positive attitude can make a huge difference in your recovery.

Recovery Takes Time

You cannot change bad habits or thoughts instantly. Recovery takes time, maybe lots of it. During active addiction, you probably developed coping skills and survival skills in life. It’s painful to realize what helped you survive is not going to work anymore. Change your habits, thoughts, friends, and ideas, but don’t forget that all your experiences add up to you being who you are right now. It will take time to recalibrate but you are still you, and that is a huge realization that will help you grow in recovery.

The desire to change is huge, but you cannot do it all at once. Recovery is a lifelong journey. Let us partner with you on the journey. We have resources and support to help you heal along the way. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401