This is How You Deal with Negativity
Whenever you behave in a way that may be different from those around you, you are likely to have to face some type of negativity from the environment. Even more so if the people around you believe that what you’re doing is, in their view, unacceptable. Struggling with addiction is one thing that always receives criticism from the environment, regardless of whether you actually asked to hear someone’s opinion or not.
Decide how much negativity you can take
When you see that people are going overboard with their criticism and depressing mood, you need to decide how much of this you will handle before you decide that enough is enough. It’s important to mention that many people truly do wish you all the best and want to help you recovery; but it is also important to mention that there is a polite, eloquent and kind way to handle the situation. Being constantly surrounded by negativity really won’t help you on the road to recovery at all – so you need to remove yourself from that environment. If you cannot leave physically, then leave it mentally by occupying your mind with something else.
Plan the future that you will build for yourself
Instead of thinking about negative things, think of all the positive things that will happen to you when you overcome your addiction. Better yet, plan them out!
Keep a notebook close by and use it to write don’t you plans and goals both during and after your recovery. Addiction should not be the reason why you stop enjoying life or seeing the bright future that is waiting for you ahead. Collect your thoughts, and imagine every great thing that will happen to you in the future. After all, the first step to achieving any dream is to plan it out and be passionate about it.
Find people who understand you
Whether they are people who you know in real life, or people online (like those in our community), everything is easier when you have someone to talk to. It’s not easy to find people who have recovered from an addiction, because many do not wish to talk about their addiction or their journey to recovery. They have every right to do so of course, but your own situation will seem much more realistic and grounded if you have someone to put it into perspective for you.
Take the initiative and start your own journey to recovery
Ultimately, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to find and enter a rehab center that will help you recover, with or without someone else’s support. You will be in a safe, professional and often surprisingly fun environment. You will meet many people who have gone through the same thing as you and who understand your emotions. They will be able to provide incredible advice and help guide you along the way whenever you need their help. You will also be in a peaceful environment and actually have time to rest and to reflect on your life and the changes that you want to make. Taking your mind out a negative environment and into one that brings you much support is the best thing that you can do for yourself.