The Power of Positive Thinking: Shifting Mindsets for Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Addiction can significantly threaten independence, quality of life, hope, self-esteem, and even how a client views themselves and their role in society. The power of positive thinking is a significant tool for those who are recovering, as it brings several benefits. 

Positive Thinking in Addiction Treatment

The power of positive thinking refers to the power clients gain by choosing to focus on the positive. This is not to say that clients avoid thinking of the negative. However, while they focus on both, they spend more energy on positive things rather than negative things. 

Focusing on positive opportunities, emotions, and environments can directly improve your psychological well-being at all points in life, including recovery. 

Studies have reviewed the role that positive thinking in addiction treatment can have on hope, quality of life, and mental health.

The Power of Positive Thinking

Several of the benefits of positive thinking entail strengthening and improving your relationship to yourself, to others, and to the world around you. By focusing on positive things in your life and good, previous experiences, you increase the likelihood of identifying continued positive experiences, people, and perceptions. 

This increased identification leads you to be more responsible with your values and provides a deeper understanding of yourself, your triggers, and the goals for your long-term recovery.

Retaining Negative Thoughts

With individual and group therapy sessions, you can learn to be more aware of negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts, particularly during cognitive behavioral therapy. This can help you facilitate a positive attitude toward yourself and others with realistic interpretations of events around you, which ultimately leads to increased hope, improved quality of life, and better mental health. 

Boosting Strengths

The power of positive thinking can also extend to identifying your strengths. Too often, addiction and mental health disorders can compromise your self-esteem, leaving you focused only on your weaknesses or your faults. But with dual diagnosis positive thinking, you can focus instead on examining positive experiences, seeing the potential for problem-solving in your own life and a future full of sobriety.

Paying attention to your strengths and the positive experiences you have increases the possibility of greater achievement and better roles in society. Research states that perception colors your reality, so if you maintain a positive perception of yourself with an optimistic perspective about the future, you are more likely to cope successfully with stressful and even life-threatening events. 

Dual Diagnosis Positive Thinking

Research has found that of the millions of Americans struggling with mental health disorders, over 50 percent will experience substance abuse disorders at some point. Dual diagnosis treatment provides personalized care for symptoms of both disorders simultaneously.

For those who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, there is a significant need to focus on positive thinking. 

Research has confirmed that positive thinking can:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Decrease depression
  • Increase life satisfaction
  • Increase happiness and hope
  • Boost psychological mood

Using Positive Thinking in Addiction Treatment

With Omnia Recovery, clients can utilize the power of positive thinking in addiction treatment at all levels of care at our Ventura County behavioral health clinic. Some clients benefit the most from our Los Angeles partial hospitalization programs, short, full-time programs that can work around tight schedules without requiring clients to live at the treatment center. Other clients benefit from slightly longer intensive outpatient programs, which are more of a part-time commitment but still fall under outpatient care.  

With approachable dual diagnosis treatment that is community-based, our facility is staffed by people who have been in your shoes and who truly understand addiction. To that end, we can attest to the power of positive thinking, particularly for young adults who are suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Our programs include hosted AA or NA meetings, evidence-based CBT or DBT programs, beach group therapy, outdoor adventure therapy, and services such as transportation for clients or case management for pending legal cases. 

With traditional addiction services or dual diagnosis treatment, positive thinking can go a long way toward helping you through your recovery. These concepts can be applied throughout the course of your recovery, no matter the level of care.

Call us today to learn more about positive thinking in addiction treatment.