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Attitude and Drug Addiction Recovery

Posted on :  April 20th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from addiction requires changing large aspects of your life, and with these aspects, transforming your attitude towards it.

Establishing the right attitude for drug addiction recovery begins with adjusting your overall focus to your future.

Rather than focusing on what you’ll lose by taking the road to recovery, focus on what you’re going to gain and how much your life is going to improve.

How, then, should your attitude change to give yourself the best shot at a successful recovery? As already mentioned, your outlook must be fundamentally forward-looking. Here’s how to help yourself.

Don’t blame others

Focusing entirely on what got you into this situation by blaming either other people, or external factors such as a fundamental character trait is not the same as examining your behaviors in an attempt to identify possible risk factors in the future.

You need to take charge of your situation and look to the future. How are YOU going to change your situation? Where do YOU want to be in six months’ time? How are YOU going to get there?

Don’t resist change

“Convincing yourself that change can be resisted is a dangerous game.”

Rather, you need to acknowledge that your life needs to undergo a very necessary and very substantial transformation.

You do not have a choice – you have reached an impasse where extensive changes need to be made, so you can properly be on board, rather than constantly looking for alternatives. Focus is a must and resisting change can corrupt this focus.

Don’t do it for anyone else

Recovery from addiction is rarely likely to be successful if entered into entirely under the influence of the desires of another.

You need to be on board 100% in order to remain motivated and positive. You are doing this for you, and nobody else.

Look forward

It can be very tempting to focus entirely on what you’re set to lose from recovery – your drug-taking circle, the pleasure you got from drugs, time you’re spending in recovery – but think instead about your future.

There are, undeniably, things you’re set to lose through recovery, but some losses are not bad ones (such as an abusive spouse) and by focusing on your potential gains, you’re more likely to feel that the trade off is well worth the effort.

By succeeding in recovery, you’re likely to establish better personal relationships, think more clearly, feel better about yourself, function better in your life, and be much healthier.

One way to draw your attention to the future when you feel your focus slipping is by planning things that you want to do, whether that be taking up a new hobby, or starting a project, or rewarding yourself with something you’ve always wanted to do.

If you’re interested in learning more about yourself, and your own addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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