Stay positive to recover from mental illness: Here’s why
Addiction Mental Health Positive Vibes Oct 03, 2017
Stay positive to recover from mental illness: Here’s why

A famous saying goes, “What you think, you become.” Thinking has a very important role in setting our life’s path. It is the master who guides one’s actions, emotions and behavior, and fuels happiness. Correct thinking can help one conquer the world and overcome problems of any magnitude. Willpower and positive thinking can make impossible things seem possible and help one resist negative temptations. Positive thinking and resolve have a long-lasting impact on one’s life.

Talking about addiction, positive thinking is the master key to recovery. Although addiction is a disease that requires proper medical treatment, positive thinking boosts the progress. Unfortunately, in society, addiction is considered a crime and not a disorder. Instead of treating people with an addiction as patients, they are treated as criminals and considered dangerous, consequently, such people are discriminated against and ostracized from the society.

Addiction being a disease causes a lot of physical problems and mental deterioration. At times, people looking to recover from addiction either do not get the required help due to lack of social and family support or have little/no access to good treatment centers. An effective recovery program includes a combination of medication and therapies and is often accompanied by withdrawal symptoms, which can be intense and devastating. Hence, many people also refuse to undergo recovery fearing the pain and discomfort that would be caused during detox. At such moments, positive thinking and strong willpower can help a person overcome the hurdles and attain sobriety again.

Benefits of staying positive

People prone to negative thinking experience more miseries as compared to people who are positive and resilient in their thoughts. Studies have recognized the role of positive thinking in improving people’s mental and physical well-being.

Here are some motivating points to stay positive during the recovery period:

  • Optimism boosts the immune system, which further prepares the body to fight infections and diseases caused by addiction or which may result from withdrawal symptoms.
  • It reduces the stress levels and inflammation in the body. Notably, studies have associated inflammation with depression. Hence, with positive thinking, people can keep depression at bay.
  • Positive thinking helps people see the brighter side of life. Therefore, people seeking recovery with a positive mindset are prepared to take on the challenges in life post recovery. They are also more open to accepting treatment for their better future.
  • Positive thinking is also vital to prevent relapse, which is one of the greatest risks during recovery. Noticeably, when positive thinking keeps depression or suicidal thoughts at bay, it also prevents triggers and keeps thoughts of addiction at a distance.
  • Optimistic outlook helps people to introspect the cause of addiction. Further, it also makes the recovery treatment less painful and stressful. Such people are at less risk of going back to addictive habits as they are more conscious of its disadvantages.

It should be noted that recovery treatment needs proper diagnosis and comprehensive approach in identifying the root cause of the problem, which should be done by a medical practitioner. Self-assessment and experimentation can lead to irreversible and life-threatening consequences. It is strongly recommended to seek medical guidance before enrolling into a recovery program. A good medical advisor will suggest the most suitable treatment based on a patient’s needs. To maximize results, it is equally important for the patient to be supportive of the treatment he/she may be receiving and show courage in bearing pain. Being optimistic throughout the process can help ease the hardships.

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