I have worked in the addictions field for over 10 years and have witnessed people release themselves from the chains of addiction with the help of treatment, 12-step programs and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Self-talk and affirmations are helpful in drug recovery, much like positive self-talk is essential in building self-esteem. Positive affirmations belong to the family of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (as well as other therapeutic families). They are more than just Pinterest quotes or Instagram fillers.
You may be surprised to learn that many of the drug recovery mottos can apply to non-addicts too. Internal coaching can help with fitness motivation, parenting, relationships, depression, anxiety, dealing with chronic pain (like myself) and many other issues.
Check these mottos out and see how many could be useful in your life!
KEEP IT SIMPLE:
When addicts are in the process of recovery, re-framing their entire life can be overwhelming. Attending 12-step meetings can be crucial in helping to avoid relapse. This motto, stressing simplicity, can ease overwhelming feelings. Another motto or slogan that connects with this is, “Just suit up and show up.” How many times have we calmed our kids frustrated with homework or practicing their favorite sport? Keep it simple. Keep showing up. I have been hearing this same advice for blogging, staying organized and writing content.
TAKE WHAT YOU NEED AND LEAVE THE REST
I plan on making some book recommendations in the future, based on books that have guided me and my professional clients. Everything may not apply to you. Just take what you need. People in substance abuse treatment will be quick to make excuses or complain about meetings or group sessions. I ask them, “Is there one message you can take from today?”
DON’T PICK UP THAT FIRST THINK
In Alcoholics Anonymous they say, one drink is too many and 100 are never enough. I have told clients, “Your first thought is usually wrong.”
If your thinking patterns are skewed your 1st thought may be wrong too. “Maybe they won’t like me.” “I’m afraid I will fail.” How do you coach yourself out of irrational thinking patterns? Many addicts are taught to use some of these thought stopping techniques to steer them away from relapse and towards their support system instead.
Here are a few other popular mottos that can be useful for anyone:
- Wherever you go, there you are.
- I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
- Progress not perfection (One of my favorites)
- One Day At A Time
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES?
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