“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” – Romans 12:2
When it comes to alcoholics or addicts who are in the process of beginning their path to recovery, one thing that is absolutely essential is that the addict or alcoholic be able to renew his or her mind and change the way that he or she thinks. The best way to do this is to allow Spirit (or Jesus or God or Buddha or Love… whatever you want to call It) to change your thoughts.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you can do this in place of a rehabilitation program. You should definitely find a rehab that works for you like The Recovery Village. And after completing that program, you should pursue a 12-step program like Alcoholic Anonymous or another type of recovery program that will work for you like Smart Recovery or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, once you are on that track, it’s absolutely essential that you focus on the renewing of your mind.
So how can we go about this? Well, we have a few tips for you.
1. Go to a Spiritual Center that Works for You. Try visiting different churches or spiritual meetings in your area. You may find that you really connect with Buddhists. You may find that you really feel the Spirit when you visit a Methodist church. The point is that everyone has a spiritual experience that works best for them. Make sure you are open minded so that you can find the best spiritual environment for you.
2. Surround Yourself with Positive People. You don’t want to hang around the people you used to hang around at the bar. Hang out with positive people who will uplift you and inspire you and encourage you to be involved with positive activities. Try going to various meetups or getting involved in different ministries at your church.
3. Read Positive Literature. There are a ton of really great books that are available to you. Try The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle or any Wayne Dyer book. Try Marianne Williamson. Try reading The Bible. There are a million books that are likely to make you feel good about yourself. Go to the library and ask for recommendations.
There are a ton of different ways to incorporate more positivity and love into your daily life. Whenever you are beginning your road to recovery, you definitely want to make sure that you are taking advantage of all of them.