The Importance of Acceptance in Recovery

When we enter drug treatment and start the recovery process in earnest, there definitely are moments in which we feel uncertainty and even dread. In the process of digging deep and uncovering the roots of our addictive behavior, we may have revelations about ourselves that we may not want to face. Perhaps of the biggest realizations that we come to is the fact that we are more aware of our own deficiencies and flaws.

All human beings have some sort of character flaws or deficiencies, and there is no way around it. However, those flaws  become more magnified when we become addicted to drugs and alcohol. For many addicts, the use of substances was a major way we tried and cope or cover up these defects. Once we start getting clean and sober, we are left to deal with these imperfections. and the emotions that accompany them can be very difficult to accept.

Throughout the recovery process, it becomes extremely crucial that we adopt an attitude of acceptance in order to counteract the negative attitudes and other forms of “stinkin’ thinkin'” that can sabotage our effort to get sober. We may understand the concept of self-acceptance in general terms, but what does self-acceptance in recovery entail? If we are to start our journey of recovery on solid footing, we need to learn how to cultivate acceptance for ourselves.

What is Acceptance?

In its most simple terms, self-acceptance means that you accept yourself in spite of your flaws. Additionally, acceptance also extends to accepting situations for what they truly are no matter how they negatively impact your life. When we adopt acceptance, we are truly cultivating a compassionate way to view ourselves and the environment in which we live. There are some people who are of the belief that self-acceptance is similar to self-esteem. While they share commonalities, both concepts have distinct differences. Self-esteem is all about evaluating yourself highly while self-acceptance is learning to truly love yourself despite your deficiencies.

There are a significant number of people in recovery who think they have adopted some level of self-acceptance, but it is on a surface level. When things start to go wrong in their recovery, they can start beating themselves up for their shortcomings, and they can indulge in self-sabotage type of behaviors that can eventually derail their recovery. For those who have truly developed a deep sense of self-acceptance in recovery, they are able to address where they fall short and are accountable and responsible for their own actions. Likewise, they also accept others for who they truly are and accept the situations they find themselves in as they truly are and are able to work through them in a healthy manner.

The Importance of Self-Acceptance in Recovery

If you have not worked on developing acceptance in your sobriety, any recovery you do achieve will more than likely be short-lived, and it is more likely that you will encounter relapse on a regular basis. As alluded to earlier, the inability to fully accept who you are and where you are at means that you are engaging in self-sabotage. Instead of doing the right thing because you want to do it, you end up doing it because you allow negatively to run riot in your head.

When you practice self-acceptance in sobriety, the goal is for you to accept that you are what you are in the here and now–and you ultimately have the capacity and power to change how you view your current situation. Acceptance also means that you are going to work hard to overcome your flaws in the future because they need to be addressed in order for you to become a better person. When you deal with yourself and your situations with compassion, you are giving yourself a much better chance at succeeding in your sobriety for the long haul.

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What are Ways in Which You Can Cultivate Acceptance?

If you need to work on developing a stronger sense of acceptance in your recovery and in your life, there are several things that you can work on to achieve that goal. First, you need to learn to modify that critical voice that resides in your head telling you that “you can’t” or “you won’t”. By practicing some form of mindful meditation, you are able to focus on the present moment and learn to make positive changes now so that blossoms in the future.

You also need to develop realistic expectations for yourself in regards to building self-acceptance in your recovery. Trying to reach for the unattainable will set you up for failure and keep you stuck in a negative mindset which can undermine your recovery. You must also be willing to learn from your mistakes and make amends where appropriate. You also have to realize that you are only human and mistakes come with the territory.

Another way to learn to generate a strong sense of acceptance in your recovery is to get out and explore Mother Nature. When you take time out of your busy day to get out in the great outdoors, you realize that nature is grand in scale and all components of nature fit into the grander scheme of things. You will notice that seasons change and the cycles of death and renewal in nature happen in its own course. This continual cycle in the perfect metaphor in building self-acceptance in the fact that problems will come and pass and life will continue on, and we will learn that we can control is what is directly in front of us.

Lastly, developing self-acceptance is learning to fully understand that things are the way they are, and we don’t always have to understand why things happen in the ways they do. When you try and understand something that goes on in your life, you are often trying to find a box in your head that it will neatly fit into. When an event or situation doesn’t neatly fit, you can waste a lot of energy trying to make sense of things and it can leave you mentally weary.

Simply put, let things be. It is always wise to remember the Serenity Prayer and come to terms of the fact that you must draw a line between the things you can truly change and the things that you cannot change.

Quality Drug Treatment Will Give You The Tools to Create Acceptance

Breaking free from the grip of drug addiction requires having a full acceptance of the current situation and having the motivation and desire to change. When you are choosing a drug treatment center to recover from substance abuse, you want to get the tools and support that make acceptance and change possible. As one of the premier drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida,  Dream Center for Recovery’s unique holistic-based approach will address the totality of your addiction in mind, body and spirit. With the help of experienced staff and individualized treatment plans, you will have the confidence to change for the better.

Call Dream Center for Recovery toll-free today and learn to grow from within. Make your recovery a reality–starting right now.