People with substance abuse issues often fall into a cycle of behavior that can feel as if they are their own worst enemy. They may attempt to quit using drugs or alcohol many times on their own, only to create chaotic circumstances in their lives or generate excuses that lead them back to substance use. Of course, we know there are physical and psychological factors that make quitting addictive substances very difficult, especially without professional help. However, breaking the cycle of self-sabotage also involves changing your attitude and perspective on life, as well as leaving behind destructive behaviors and creating new, healthy habits.

Let Go of Negative Thoughts

One of the most common ways people sabotage their own success is by holding on to negativity and doubting themselves. Addiction can take a serious toll on your self-esteem and make you feel like a failure, but it is important to remember you will never successfully maintain sobriety or enjoy a life of recovery without first believing that you are capable of growth. You may have failed in the past, but each time you try again you come armed with new knowledge and resources to help you succeed. Many therapy techniques focus on helping you to let go of negative thought patterns and create a positive outlook on life.

Find New Routines

In addition to maintaining a positive attitude, it is important to avoid sabotaging your recovery by falling into old habits. While you might not begin using drugs or alcohol right away, many people leave treatment believing they can spend time doing the same things with the same people and avoid relapse. In reality, falling into old patterns of behavior is often the quickest way back to active addiction. Set yourself up for success by building new connections and finding more productive ways to spend your time. Most of all, don’t be afraid to seek professional help to overcome addiction, and make use of all the resources provided to you during treatment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals who understand addiction in all its forms. The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan. We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call today us at 844-413-2690.