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The Power of a Growth Mindset in Recovery

Have you ever thought of how your mindset can impact your life? The mood you are in, any fluctuations you experience and the state of your mental health can influence how you feel about yourself, how you regard your relationships with others and the quality of these relationships. Even your physical health depends on your perspective about life. 

For example, research findings demonstrate a strong association between good mental health and physical health. Similarly, mental health problems such as depression can contribute to sleeping difficulties, lethargy, digestive disorders, heart disease and cardiovascular problems, among other health issues.

Someone dealing with anxiety or mood disorders, trauma such as abuse, PTSD, neglect or addiction may not have ever thought about how their mindset can influence their recovery from such experiences. However, having the right attitude can set you up for successful recovery. Receiving support and care from compassionate professionals, such as those employed at any treatment centers associated with Promises Behavioral Health.

If you are struggling with treatment and recovery or know someone else who is, an adjustment in mindset could be just what you (or they) need.

What is Your Mindset?

A mindset is a belief set or attitude you have that influences how you feel, think, and behave in certain situations. Your mindset may refer to your view of your life circumstances or reflect the opinions of people you have personal or professional relationships with. It plays a vital role in how you verbally and physically express yourself.

Ultimately, your mindset can play an essential part in determining success and achievement, as it can impact the choices you make and the actions you take. 

How do you plan to handle any struggles you encounter on your road to recovery? Do you spend time in reflection, and are you aware of how your efforts make a difference? Do you feel capable of confronting your struggles and stressors head-on? Are you searching for ways to improve? 

The narrative you develop about yourself and what you believe you can accomplish can go a long way in helping you navigate through life. When you’re struggling, your mindset can even influence your decision to seek a professional’s help.

It’s important to note that your mindset not only impacts you but also the people around you. For this reason, it can be conducive to your recovery and health outcomes to rely on a compassionate professional and ensure the people in your support system have a positive outlook and encourage your success. If you are struggling with recovery and feeling weak, it might not be in your best interest to surround yourself with individuals you can’t trust to make the best of a difficult situation.

Fixed vs. Growth Mindset: What’s the Difference?

Many people may pursue treatment for addiction while experiencing a low point in their lives. While many people need to hit “rock bottom” to decide that treatment is necessary, there are options available for those willing to do what needs to be done before they get there. 

It’s common for most people to be nervous about the treatment and recovery process and have fears of change and failure during this time. Developing a growth mindset is effective for combating and overcoming such apprehension.

A growth mindset differs from a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset typically refers to a set of beliefs that abilities and talents remain fixed from birth and that situations are what they are and cannot change. In the recovery community, individuals with a fixed mindset may fear that they’ll never get any better. 

By contrast, individuals who have a growth mindset during recovery are likely to believe in their capacity to change. With persistent effort and collaboration with treatment professionals, they can overcome their struggles.

Having a growth mindset can typically affect your recovery in positive ways. According to research findings, people who have a growth mindset may experience benefits such as greater resilience and tenacity, increased engagement and decreased fear of failure.

Effects of a Negative Mindset in Recovery

Negativity and having a negative mindset can be harmful to your body, mind, spirit and total well-being in general. But especially while you’re in recovery. A negative mindset could potentially set you up for experiencing a relapse.

Possible detrimental effects of having a negative mindset during recovery include but are not limited to:

  • Increased negativity that contributes to a weakened immune system
  • Feelings of anxiousness and anxiety
  • Higher risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Being more likely to give up on the treatment and recovery process
  • Stressful experiences for your body that makes achieving sobriety more difficult

Effects of a Positive Mindset in Recovery

On the flip side, a positive mindset can produce many benefits. A positive, growth mindset can help you gain an increased sense of healing.

Having the right mindset can be conducive to recovery in some of the following ways:

  • Breeding positivity that can be contagious and contribute to and strengthen your support system
  • Feeling healthier and being able to experience and maintain improved immune health
  • Reduced stress
  • An increased ability to achieve goals in treatment and recovery
  • An increased will and preparation for withstanding any hurdles encountered during recovery and sobriety
  • Reduced chances of relapsing

Steps to Take When You’re Ready to Make Changes

It’s common for people to avoid change because it may make them uncomfortable or afraid of the unknown. In some cases, a person may desire to change and improve their life circumstances, but they may feel stuck. However, change is a vital aspect of growth. Without making an effort to change, you’re likely to remain stagnant and engage in maladaptive behaviors and patterns that could harm you in the long run.

Individuals who feel like they’re ready to make changes and begin the recovery journey should reach out to a mental health professional. A professional’s expertise can be beneficial because many people struggle with making changes due to a lack of knowledge about the illnesses or addictions they endure. They often lack the resources and means to make changes happen and maintain them.

Acknowledging that a problem exists and deciding to pursue help and treatment for behavioral health issues, mental health disorders, or substance abuse disorders is a bold step. Participating in a treatment program may require someone to look at parts of themselves they’ve pushed away and ignored. For this reason, it can be a challenge for some people to recognize and understand why they battle illness or addiction, get past it and learn how to overcome the struggles they experience. 

However, professionals at a treatment center can guide and support these individuals and provide them with the practical and applicable skills needed to make and maintain lifestyle changes.

Finding the Right Treatment Center for You

During treatment, you will need someone you can trust, in a safe environment. While there they can provide support and care as you work toward recovery. Treatment centers are ideal for those seeking the judgment-free help they need and deserve. The best treatment centers have teams of compassionate, skilled, professional therapists, psychologists and specialists. These professionals know about psychological disorders, substance abuse, successful treatment options and understand that a person’s mindset can affect their recovery.

No matter how long you have struggled with a mental health concern, you can still receive treatment and overcome it. Reach out to the treatment center that best suits your needs. Discuss your mental health with the professionals there, allowing them to determine what treatment option would benefit you the most.

Promises Behavioral Health Can Guide Your Growth Mindset

Promises Behavioral Health can be instrumental in helping people overcome mental illnesses, addictions, substance abuse, and other mental health concerns. With the top-notch rehab, treatment, and therapy programs implemented by its professionals.

At our many locations across Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Massachusetts, our clinicians understand that people who have the same diagnosis and battle the same issues can have vastly different experiences. We provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan, giving them the individualized care they need and deserve. Evidence-based programs offered at this treatment center include:

At Promises Behavioral Health, professionals provide accessible and affordable high-quality residential and outpatient treatment using approaches backed by evidence. Treatment for patients builds emotional awareness, resilience, recovery skills and utilizes support groups. Patients will be able to leverage the benefits of 12-step work, meditation skills and a daily self-reflection process. Likewise, they can experience enhanced self-efficacy and improved motivation and enjoy healthy social networks that typically result from successful support group participation.

If you need professional help and guidance for a mental health concern, contact Promises Behavioral Health today to begin thriving with a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan. Call the center at 888-387-0717 for more information and begin the road to recovery with guidance from compassionate, knowledgeable professionals.

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