It can be easy to get lost in your own emotion when recovering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction. When you’re putting in the work, it’s difficult to step back and look at what you’re doing objectively. If you think critically, rather than emotionally, about your journey to sobriety, you can make lasting changes and break patterns that may have kept you locked in your addiction. When you’re in a treatment program, you change your habits, adapt your routines, and examine the way you’re living your life. This can be emotionally overwhelming, but using cognitive-behavioral therapy to shift into a critical thinking approach can help.
Oceanfront Recovery’s addiction treatment programs are designed to help you be the best self you can be. This includes learning how to think critically about your substance use and your recovery. When you better understand the factors that contribute to your addiction, you can better understand how to heal. We know that recovery doesn’t look the same for everyone, so our programs are catered to our individual clients. For more information about what we can do for you or your loved one, reach out today by calling (877) 279-1777.
Practicing Critical Thinking in Recovery
Developing critical thinking skills in recovery can be very important to your lasting sobriety. Your brain processes a lot of information during the treatment process, and your examination of that information should be analytical and objective. You aren’t alone when learning how to do this, though. A therapist can help you learn to think critically; this may include identifying triggers that impact your substance abuse or learning new coping mechanisms to keep you from using. There are many ways to improve your critical thinking skills:
- Don’t jump to conclusions. It’s easy to expect the worst from someone’s words, but it’s important that you listen. You may not be interpreting something the way it was meant.
- Don’t keep yourself in a bubble. Regardless of your opinion, it can always help to listen to the opposing viewpoint. You don’t have to agree, but it can help you better understand the situation.
- Have an open mind. Your beliefs are there to be tested. When you keep an open mind, you encourage growth in your thought patterns, and even if your opinion doesn’t change, it can encourage empathy toward others.
Building Life Skills for the Future
A good recovery program can help you build new life skills that will help you in your new sober lifestyle. This doesn’t just mean coping mechanisms for your addiction; it may be that your substance abuse caused you to miss out on learning life skills that have nothing to do with drug or alcohol use. When thinking critically in a recovery setting, you open yourself up to learning new things. Learning to communicate and solve problems effectively can greatly improve your quality of life.
When you finish a treatment program, you should be able to live a life that is not only sober but also fulfilling. Building your life skills can help you form healthy habits, maintain relationships, and stay financially stable.
Find the Self-Improvement You Desire with Oceanfront Recovery
Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach can help you form those habits and find a routine that works for your life. Our goal is to help you to a successful recovery, and this includes helping you learn to think critically and build your life skills. Our beautiful facility offers peace and tranquility as you recover from your addiction and create a new life that will keep you stable and bring you joy. For more information on how we can help, call us today at (877) 279-1777 or complete our secure online form.