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5 Reasons You Need an Open Mind When Starting an Addiction Treatment Program

Jessica McConnan By Jessica McConnan, M.A. on August 18, 2016

When it comes to getting the best drug and alcohol addiction treatment, you may think it depends on where you go and how long you stay. While these are both important concepts which can impact the success of treatment, they’re not the most important thing. Mindset is.

Being receptive to new ideas and opinions, as well as to addiction treatment and the 12 step community, are necessary to the success of any recovery program.

While an open mindset ultimately leads to your recovery, it also brings you extra benefits you may not expect that make recovery just a little bit easier.

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Here are five reasons you need an open mind if you want to succeed in your treatment program.

Ability to Admit You’ve Made Mistakes

Nobody likes to admit when they’re wrong, especially when they’re addicted to drugs or alcohol. But admitting your mistakes and that you’ve been wrong is a necessary step in overcoming your addiction. If you’ve always struggle to admit your faults, you must have an open mind and be willing to see that no one, including you, is perfect.

Practice Humility

Along with admitting you’re wrong, improving humility is something that every addict and alcoholic needs to practice. It’s hard to admit that you don’t have all the answers, that you don’t know what to do, and that you do need help, but, just as the Big Book says, these things must be recognized to be able to move forward in your recovery.

Make New Friends

When you’re new to recovery, it can feel like you don’t have any friends. Everyone you used to know still uses or drinks, and you haven’t met any sober people you want to get to know more. That’s just your close mindedness talking. Let go of your biases and you may be surprised at the places friends appear.

Grow in Recovery

When you’re close minded, you get stuck. You can’t overcome challenges and things become too hard for you to continue to push for change. Often, these people end up in a dry drunk, where they remain drug and alcohol free, but are still living the destructive lifestyle they were that lead them down the road to addiction.

Question Your Thinking

If you’re not open minded going into drug and alcohol addiction treatment, you’re never going to question your own thinking, which probably isn’t healthy nor productive. After all, you’re best thinking go you here, and here is not where you want to be.

Are You Ready to Get Sober?

Getting sober isn’t easy, but with the right mindset and the right support in place, it’s achievable. To find out how, call 800-654-0987 now and talk to someone who can answer your questions, talk to about your treatment options, and assist you in getting the help you need. Don’t wait, make the call that can change your life today.

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