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Using Daily Affirmations for Addiction Recovery

Addiction treatment is all about helping you improve your life in all areas so that you no longer have the need to drink or do drugs. This means dealing with traumas, reducing stress, and treating co-occurring mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. It means building your self-esteem, gaining self-confidence, and improving your self-awareness. Affirmations for addiction can help you do just that. Addiction affirmations are positive statements that you repeat to yourself throughout the day, and they have surprising power for helping you achieve a higher level of self-love.

4 Minute Read | Published Aug 23 2023 | Updated Mar 07 2024 Expert Verified
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Daily affirmations for addiction recovery can go a long way toward long-term success.

Daily Affirmations for Addiction Can Lead to Big Changes

During treatment and recovery, you’re re-discovering and re-inventing yourself. But meaningful, positive change doesn’t come without a great deal of work. It takes effort and willingness to identify and let go of negative feelings and false beliefs about yourself. But as you do so, you begin to re-discover your inherent beauty, identify your strengths and talents, and live according to your deepest values. This self-love contributes to life satisfaction and purpose, and leads to happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationships with others.

Daily affirmations for addiction recovery help to improve self-esteem by creating new neural pathways and conditioning the brain to think in new, healthier ways. A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that daily affirmations improve self-confidence and promote healthy and positive social interactions. Another study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that affirmations for addiction increase your level of self-control and strengthen your willpower.

Some Daily Recovery Affirmations for Addiction to Try

Recovery affirmations for addiction are very personal. Choose affirmations that counteract negative thoughts you have about yourself, such as “I’m unlovable” or “I’m a failure.” Keep them simple, and write them down. Post them in your bathroom, and take a picture with your phone so that you always have them with you.

Here are some daily affirmations to try. Choose one, or make a list.

  • I am loved.
  • I am strong.
  • I have many talents.
  • I am a worthy human.
  • I am emotionally strong.
  • I can make healthy choices for myself.
  • I dwell on the present instead of the past.
  • I respect myself.
  • I have confidence in myself.
  • I like who I am.
  • I am getting better every day.
  • Every problem has a solution.
  • I can change my life story.
  • Change is possible.

How to Benefit Most from Your Daily Addiction Affirmations

Start every day by repeating your affirmations for addiction out loud for a few minutes while looking in the mirror, such as when you’re putting on your makeup or shaving. Choose a few times during the day when you can take a minute or two to repeat your affirmations, such as during the commute or on a walk over the lunch hour. If necessary, set an alarm on your phone to help you remember. Repeat the affirmations silently for a few minutes before you go to sleep each night.

As you repeat each affirmation, try to feel its deep truth in your heart. If you don’t at first, don’t worry: Every thought we have about ourselves is an affirmation, whether positive or negative. Over time, repeated positive affirmations will bring about positive changes in your views about yourself and your relationships with others.

Finishing your daily affirmations with expressions of gratitude can dramatically alter your self-perception and the way you see the world. Each day, simply express what you’re grateful for, such as a job, good health, supportive people in your life, or having enough to eat and a place to live.

The power of positive thinking can’t be overstated. Include a few minutes of addiction affirmations in your daily schedule, and it won’t take long before you notice a shift in the way you think about yourself and the world around you.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at (800) 429-7690.


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