Do you believe in the power of “mind over matter”? There are plenty of examples of this all around the world, from “fire-walking”, or walking on hot coals to the simple act of mindfulness and meditation.
One of the most inspirational examples of “mind over matter” is Stephen Hawking, who used mental strength and a positive attitude to help beat the odds of his motor neuron disease and become one of the greatest theoretical physicists this world has ever seen.
All these examples, from small actions like meditation to incredible human role models, exemplify what we are all capable of doing with positive thinking.
While positive thinking isn’t necessarily a cure, it has its place in helping people recover from addiction.
Where Does Positive Thinking Come From?
The concept of positive thinking stems from the study of positive psychology.
According to the University of Pennsylvania, “Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive…founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.”
The shame, guilt and negativity of being or having been hopelessly addicted to a substance is demoralizing. And part of those negative feelings and stigmas originates from outdated beliefs that those who are addicted did this to themselves and have a disease they’ll never recover from.
Today, we know addiction is a behavior disorder where even the most entrenched behaviors can be changed. This is a positive message that restores hope for those struggling with addiction and their loved ones.
Benefits of Positive Thinking
Studies have shown that positive thinking leads to many beneficial outcomes, including:
- Reduced levels of stress and inflammation throughout the body
- Increases in the immune system and staying healthier longer
- More positive relationships
- A greater ability to respond to stress and manage problems productively
When speaking specifically about addiction, positive thinking is even more crucial. Positive thinking helps heal your loved one’s body from the damage caused by addiction. It also helps strengthen his mind and spirit to help him reduce and manage stress, focus on positive relationships and lower the risk of relapse.
Positive Thinking at Spirit Mountain Recovery
The power of positive thinking can empower and motivate your loved one to fully engage addiction treatment and believe that recovery is possible.
At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we utilize experiential activities like skiing, hiking, paddle boarding and much more to help your son or husband see what a fulfilling life is like without drugs and alcohol. These activities that naturally stimulate positive energy combined with evidence-based treatments focused on positive thinking, will give your loved one the best chance possible to recover from addiction.
Positive thinking will enable him to begin the process of self-discovery during treatment at Spirit Mountain Recovery. This means he will learn what activities and relationships are safe and most important to him, which will help rebuild his self-confidence and give him the strength to grow towards sobriety.
Get Addiction Treatment at Spirit Mountain Recovery
If your loved one is struggling with addiction, Spirit Mountain Recovery is the place for him. Nestled on the side of a mountain in Northern Utah, our beautiful location, clinical staff and fun, experiential activities work together to give your loved one the positive, effective addiction treatment he deserves.
If your loved one needs addiction treatment, contact us today to speak to an admissions counselor.