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Many people who make a serious, positive recovery after drug abuse treatment will say that intention is one of the most important factors in the process.  It begins with imagining the kind of life that you would like to have, one vastly different than how things looked previously.  Remember the routines and exercises that worked for you during treatment and adapt them into your lifestyle now in order to be both happier and healthier.

More Positive Brain Training After Drug Abuse Treatment

Bouncing back after an experience in drug abuse treatment isn’t easy.  You may feel more lost than you’d been during the program, or even as if you may not be able to keep up with sobriety.  However, the mind set that you establish is a critical piece of this process and can be the difference in how much of a struggle you actually have both internally and otherwise.  This “begins with being proactive rather than reactive,” which means that the level at which you experience anxiety and stress after drug abuse treatment is greatly determined by your perception of things.

“The first step to experiencing that sense of control is to establish intentions for what you want.”  This sounds easy enough in concept, but the truth is that your own mind is difficult to win over.  We’re predisposed to negative ways of thinking, often referred to as self-defeating thoughts and sometimes self-fulfilling prophecies.  If you don’t think that you can establish a substance-free lifestyle after drug abuse treatment, it’s more likely that you won’t be able to just because of the way you’re thinking about your success (or lack thereof).

Instead, try and create small, but realistic goals for yourself for the next week, month, year, and so on.  Reward yourself when you reach success, no matter how “insignificant” it may seem to you.  Each goal reached is a major victory and another step in the right direction, so at least mentally affirm that you’ve done a good job and reflect on the positive impact that this plan has had for you thus far.  Try not to dwell on any potential roadblocks in the way as that will create “resistance” which, again, can further complicate the positive force that you’ve begun to foster.  Remember, you’ve already worked through drug abuse treatment, which is a big part of the battle; you can do this.

An example goal would be to meet new people, particularly if previous friends encouraged the old habits that you’ve shrugged off.  The best way to begin is to be as specific as possible, i.e. “I will call ___ and see if he/she can meet up for lunch next week.”  Assigning names, times, activities to these goals makes them seem more feasible and will make it less likely that you’ll decide against them in the end.  If you’re looking for solo habits to fill your time, consider making a twice-a-week gym commitment or a daily promise to take the dog for a walk.  These are only a few examples, but there are dozens and dozens that are fulfilling and can build you up after drug abuse treatment.

Something to recognize is “the myth of impossibility.”  As mentioned before, your mental state has a great deal to do with your chance for success, likely even more than you realize.  You don’t need to convince yourself that each and every one of your goals will definitely happen, which could make things more difficult, just as with believing the opposite.  Rather, start your recovery journey with a solid understanding of possibility, which opens the doors for further optimism and positivity which can then encourage success.  Again, remember that intention is extremely important in this process and that you are responsible for shaping it.

Recent studies have been encouraging and have shown that the brain really can be trained toward certain, more positive reactions to less positive events.  In the case of rebuilding after drug abuse treatment, the process is undoubtedly difficult, but it isn’t impossible.  Make or reignite meaningful connections, build a new routine and take time to appreciate the good in your life.  These kinds of things will make it easier to believe that you’ll reach the goals that you set (and you will).

For more information about reaching self-acceptance after drug abuse treatment, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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