What Attitudes Are Most And Least Helpful When Creating A Supportive Environment For A Recovering Addict?

Helping yourself or a loved one through the process of drug and alcohol rehabilitation is tricky business. In addition to having to monitor physical, mental, and emotional symptoms, it is essential to have the right attitudes and actions in place to ensure long-term success.

Embracing the right attitude in recovery

In attitude describes the way we think, feel, or respond to certain situations. This viewpoint or outlook on life will shape our actions, our thoughts, and it will even affect our relationships. Attitude affects how you treat yourself and others, and it significantly impacts your self-belief and level of self-confidence in all situations. In short, attitude is everything.

Just where do our attitudes come from? They are the sum total of our beliefs, our emotions, and our prior experience that continues to shape our outlook on life. A person who has had much trauma and drama in life could tend to have a more negative outlook with regard to future experiences. Someone who has had love, support, and happiness throughout life will reflect that in the choices they continue to make and the relationships they develop as they move along in life.

Embracing the right attitude in recovery is essential to long-term success. Certain thoughts, feelings, and behaviors will predispose you to success, just as others will set you up for certain failure. What attitudes should you be focusing on creating for yourself and those around you in recovery? What attitudes should you avoid as you seek health and healing? Read on to discover how you can shape your attitude and influence the attitudes of those around you for lasting health and healing.

Steer Clear

In order for a recovering addict to feel hopeful and supported, it is essential that you deal with certain negative thoughts, actions, and behaviors. Avoid the following negative cycles of influence, for they will most certainly make recovery harder:


Anger is an extremely damaging emotion. It can cause negative thinking and behaviors that lead one to develop addictions, it can destroy relationships, and it even harms the body by placing additional stress on systems and the brain. Many people cite anger as one of the things that drove them to develop addictive behaviors in the first place. Dealing with anger and releasing it in healthy ways will be essential in order to facilitate a healthy rehabilitation process.

Shame, blame, regret

Taking responsibility four choices that have been made and damage that has been done is another key piece to recovery. An addict that continues to blame and keep guilt on others for their actions is not going to be successful long-term.
As much as possible, and emphasis should be placed on examining past behaviors and failures, making peace with them, and accepting responsibility for what happened. It is in this point of power that one can continue moving forward into healing.


Negative thinking quickly becomes a downward spiral in which an addict can get trapped in cycles of addictive behavior. Although the process of turning negative thinking to more positive thinking is challenging, it must be done in order to facilitate an ongoing healing process. There will be periods of time in which someone who struggles with addiction will cycle back into negativity and limitation, but the more you practice turning thoughts around consciously, the easier this process will be.

Time to embrace

Is there are some attitudes and mindsets that are not helpful in the addiction recovery process, there are those that you should facilitate and develop for ongoing success.

Understanding and forgiveness

What’s done is done, and you can’t waste precious time thinking about things that should have happened. You can only start from the point of power called now, and work forward from there while embracing attitudes of understanding, forgiveness, and release. Hanging onto toxic emotions is devastating to the mind and the body; forgiveness and understanding of addictive behaviors will need to be embraced in order for an addict to feel supported through his or her process.


Give thanks that recovery and rehabilitation are an opportunity, and take advantage of every service and support that is given at this time. Finding moments to be grateful and positive about your transformation and that of those around you will be an essential piece of recovery. Remember, positive thinking is something that is developed I want it is not something that naturally occurs. Stay strong, commit to retraining your mind and your thoughts, and over time you will see significant improvements in the way you think and feel.

Looking forward to the future

The future is not yet determined. The past is over. Your point of power and the way you think about the future right now is how you will end up designing it. Refuse to look at past mistakes any longer than it takes to learn from them, and commit to creating a bright and healthy future for yourself and your loved ones.

Opportunity for greatness

Marvelous opportunities exist in the recovery process. There are opportunities for strength building, gaining support, and redefining and repairing relationships. Leaning on each other, supporting each other through the process, and looking forward to the future will ensure that you stay in this new place of health, healing, and possibilities for great success. Cal us at 844-639-8371.

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