Positive Thinking In Rehab

Positive Thinking In RehabCertain prescription medications have a high risk of abuse, so people can become addicted to these drugs with legitimate medical use. For example, Lortab is a painkiller that consists of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and hydrocodone, the latter of which is made from the codeine alkaloids in opium; this medication works by binding to opioid receptors in the body involved in pain, reward and addiction, but these receptors are typically activated by neuropeptides that produce natural euphoria. So the problem with Lortab addiction decreases production of neuropeptides, so the body needs the drug to feel well. This kind of dependency makes the early stages of rehab excruciating, but treatment professionals can maximize comfort, and the opioid system will heal itself. Addicts should have faith that their lives, health and overall states will improve in rehab, and positive mindsets can hasten the recovery process.

The Importance of Positive Thinking

When battling any form of substance abuse, positive thinking can help in the following ways:

  • Discourages or weakens depressive symptoms and feelings
  • Minimizes stress, anger, conflict and other relapse risks
  • Boosts the immune system and reduces bodily inflammation
  • Stimulates the growth of the brain’s nerve connections
  • Improves mental productivity, cognitive skills and attentiveness
  • Increases energy levels and confidence, which promote self-efficacy
  • Encourages rehab patients to engage therapy with zeal
  • Helps keep negative thinking from turning into self-fulfilling prophecies

Positive thinking does not replace treatment, but it enhances actions taking place during recovery. Recovering addicts can improve their outlook in the following practical ways:

  • Engage in meditation, yoga, relaxation techniques and other holistic activities
  • Write a journal or blog about positive experiences that happen each week
  • Start a fitness routine, as exercise can restore endorphin production
  • Make time to feed the brain with inspirational books, video and the arts
  • Create a list of small, achievable goals, and take pride in completing each one
  • Reshape your social network to include more positive influences and fewer negative ones
  • Help others who are in need, as it tends to make you feel better as well

Recovering addicts should also practice managing negative thoughts. When negativity creeps in, make a conscious effort to embrace positivity. The more people focus on the positive, the more easily they can neutralize negative thinking.

How Rehab Helps with Positive Thinking

Rehab centers know the value of positive thinking, and they utilize a variety of therapies to promote it. Treatment plans are different for each patient, but the following therapies are common in treatment:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy to address maladaptive thought patterns, beliefs and attitudes that damage conduct
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy to balance self-acceptance and the need for change
  • Motivational interviewing uses affirmation, reflective listening and open-ended questions to foster self-motivation for change
  • Life therapies address anger/stress management, conflict resolution, coping skills and drug cravings
  • Integrated treatment addresses addiction alongside co-occurring mental health and personality disorders, like depression, anxiety, narcissism and borderline personality disorder

Chronic pain is a common problem for painkiller addicts, and it can foster negativity, but rehab can help with a variety of drug-free tools that encourage positivity.

Our admissions coordinators can provide help 24 hours a day on our toll-free helpline. They can explain treatment options, recommend facilities and even check health insurance plans for benefits. If you need any type of help, please call now.