I think everyone would agree that positive reinforcement has an effective impact no matter what the situation may be. When it comes to recovery from the addiction to methamphetamines or other drugs, positive reinforcement can make a huge difference. Even though the use of meth has caused serious damage to the addict, their families and their relationships recovery is a healing time for everyone. Being positive and looking forward is a step in the right direction and makes recovery not only easier but much more effective and successful.
When you reinforce how proud you are of someone and let them know you support them it does wonders for their self-esteem. Positive reinforcement gives them the incentive they need to achieve their goals and to strive harder. This is especially true for young people recovering from addiction. They need as much moral support from family and friends as they can get during this time.
Continually reminding a person of the mistakes they made and the poor choices that were made does nothing but cause more hurt and emotional damage. Family Counseling can be effective for families that are emotionally struggling because of addiction and have emotional wounds that need healing. Once positive communication can be achieved with the whole family and feelings are validated, families can move ahead in a healthy positive way.
It's very important that the person going through drug treatment reinforces their commitment to recovery also. Staying committed to abstinence during recovery isn't always easy but it's up to you to work hard, ask for help when needed and do everything you can to stay focused on your recovery.
Enough negative and unhealthy thinking, choices and behavior went into the addiction process. Now it's time for the person in recovery and their family and friends to be positive and look forward. I realize that's easier said than done sometimes. That's why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and counseling can help meth users and their families look forward in a positive way. Turning negative and unhealthy thinking into positive choices reinforces a healthy recovery.
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