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Entering substance abuse treatment is a life-changing decision that can often be accompanied by distressing thoughts and feelings. While it can be scary to take a leap of faith into the uncharted territory of recovery, the decision to choose recovery is something worth celebrating. 

As you begin your journey towards sobriety, it is important to reflect on any negative thoughts and feelings that may keep you from achieving your recovery goals. Entering treatment with a positive mindset will help foster your willingness to change and will allow you to stay committed to achieving lifelong sobriety. 

For Those Entering Treatment for the First Time

There is no question that entering substance abuse treatment for the very first time may seem intimidating and scary. Once you are able to recognize your decision to receive treatment as a step in the right direction, you will get much more from it. 

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), of the 41.1 million individuals that needed treatment in the year 2020, only about four million people actually sought out and received treatment. This statistic shows that you are a part of a very small percentage of individuals that recognize their need for treatment and are ready to make the change in their life. You are strong and brave for doing so. 

Another way that you can help frame your decision to enter treatment in a positive light would be to consider the consequences of your past substance use. Think of the experiences that you have missed out on, the relationships that have been strained, or the opportunities that fell through due to your substance use. Now, think of everything that you have learned from these experiences. You can reframe these hardships in a positive light by understanding that they are the sole reason that you are seeking out treatment in the first place. You are making the decision to be a better version of yourself. 

When you can re-frame these negative experiences and view them as having a profound impact on your treatment journey, you will allow yourself to have an even more positive outlook during your long-term sobriety.

For Those Re-Entering Treatment

If you are re-entering treatment and have relapsed, you may believe that you failed by re-entering treatment. Although, making the decision to try treatment over again is more important than you realize. 

The chronic nature of addiction means that relapse, or returning to drug use after an attempt to stop, can be part of the recovery process. Relapse rates for substance use disorder range between be 40% to 60%, according to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This just goes to show that you are far from a failure, and if anything, you are one step closer to achieving lifelong recovery. When you decide to re-enter treatment, you are doing a wonderful thing for yourself along your road to recovery.

When you decide to re-enter treatment, it is important to reflect on your past treatment experience(s). What therapies, interventions, or other resources worked for you? What did not work? In what ways can you make your next treatment experience more positive in order to achieve and sustain long-term sobriety?

When you ask yourself these powerful types of questions, you will be able to re-frame the negative feelings associated with re-entering treatment into a more positive light. Heading into recovery again with a positive mindset will make the process easier and more enjoyable. Doing so will allow you to have even more success during your recovery journey.

Developing a Positive Outlook for the Future

If you are struggling with substance use disorder, the cycles of negativity, grief, guilt, and shame can be all too familiar. When you are constantly focused on all the perceived “negative” things in your life, you leave little room for positive experiences. It is important to feel excited and hopeful for the future ahead of you. A great tool to use to re-frame a negative headspace is to focus on your treatment and recovery goals, as well as any other successes you would like to accomplish in the future.

What do you absolutely love to do? What lights you up? What are some of the things that you are excited to do once you move through the treatment process? Once again, asking yourself powerful questions will put you in a much more positive mindset. When you get excited about all of the wonderful things in your future, you will feel even more motivated to complete treatment successfully and stay engaged with long-term treatment. 

When negativity gets the best of you, you must be proactive. Research the area that you are in to find fun daily activities that will get you out of your head. You can also use tools like journaling, meditation, and exercise to re-focus and calm the mind. You can also lean on supportive friends and family to help pull you out of a negative zone. The idea is to purposely focus your mind on something positive in order to create a much better experience for yourself throughout your treatment journey.

Entering substance abuse treatment for the first time, or seeking out treatment again, can feel like one of the scariest decisions in the world. Substance use disorder can come along with numerous negative emotions and feelings, but when you learn how to re-frame these negative thoughts, the treatment process will be much easier and more rewarding. Viewing past struggles or negative experiences as true life lessons will have a profound impact on your treatment journey. Focusing on your goals, along with everything you’re looking forward to in the future, will help shift your mindset into a much more positive state. Here at Lighthouse Recovery Texas, we utilize a holistic approach along with our individualized treatment programs. We believe in the unique individual, and that includes every individual’s own goals, hopes, and dreams for the future. Call us at (214) 717-5884 to learn more about our treatment programs.