When you’re battling addiction and on the road to recovery, anything that builds your self-confidence and helps you take that next step is important. One of the ways you can do this is by using healing affirmations and mantras daily to build and strengthen your mental health and confidence.
By repeating positive affirmations for emotional healing, you build mental strength, calm yourself at moments of stress and undermine the negative thoughts that often lead to a relapse. Repeating daily, self-healing affirmations becomes a way to alter negative moods, promotes a positive state of mind and helps you make the changes you desire in your life.
Mantras are repeated words that help focus the mind, and you can use them to energize an intention. When you use a mantra to help your recovery from addiction, it enables you to concentrate on what you want to accomplish in the immediate future. Sobriety is a daily process, and mantras can help you achieve that goal.
Developing a spiritual connection can be an important way to help your recovery. However, the idea of a spiritual connection can be a significant obstacle for people new to addiction recovery. These people may think a spiritual affirmation is connected to a religious belief, but this is not the case. Belief in a higher power doesn’t always mean belief in a religious figure. For many people, it’s a connection to an energy that connects all living things. Repeating spiritual affirmations and mantras might feel odd at first, but you’ll find it a practice that makes sense to you when done daily.
Healing Affirmations You Can Use
Here are some spiritual affirmations and mantras you can use daily to help you overcome addiction and remain sober.
I Seek Progress, Not Perfection
No matter how hard we try to always do the right thing or make the right choice, there are times when we will falter. No one is perfect. The most important goal when dealing with an addiction is to seek progress. You want to move a little further ahead every single day. Recovery happens on a day-by-day basis. Holding yourself to unrealistic expectations and perfection will only work against you.
I Choose To Be Sober Today
Choosing to be sober is something a recovering addict needs to do daily. Every day there’ll be temptations and threats to your sobriety. Reminding yourself daily that you’ve chosen to be sober can help you overcome those obstacles. It will also help you build the mental strength you need to continue your journey.
I Am Not Alone
Loneliness is probably one of the most challenging obstacles a person in recovery faces. As you continue your journey towards sobriety, there will be times you feel you’re on an island by yourself, trying to deal with all these threats alone, but this isn’t true. Every person struggling with addiction is surrounded by people who want to help. Reminding yourself of this every day helps keep that loneliness at bay.
I Am Grateful for Every Day
Every day of sobriety is a victory. We don’t have the power to change what happens to us, but we can decide how we deal with those events. Focus on the positive things that happen every day. Look at each day as another day in your journey to sobriety and celebrate that fact.
I Am Stronger Than My Addiction
An addiction can sometimes be like a monster. In our weaker moments, we can question our ability to defeat that monster or hold it back. When you affirm daily that you’re stronger than this addiction, you help build the inner strength you need to battle that monster. This also helps you see addiction for what it is —not a monster, but something you can overcome.
I Like the New Me
Overcoming addiction is not easy. Individuals in recovery often loathe the person they used to be. But self-loathing can be self-defeating. When you’ve made the choice to remain sober every day, you’ve created a new identity for yourself. Be proud of what you’re doing and who you’re becoming. The fact that you’re moving forward speaks to your real identity and the strength inside yourself. Embrace this new you.
I Can, and I Will
It’s important to remind yourself daily that you can accomplish the goals you’ve set for yourself, even the challenging ones. Repeating this phrase daily helps drive negative thoughts from your mind. It can be too easy to fall back into a negative mindset when you’re in recovery. Use this mantra when you feel yourself struggling and it will help pull you back on the right path.
My Past Has No Power Over Me
What happened in the past is in the past. Your addiction may be connected to traumatic events that occurred in your past, and you may think addiction is the only way to deal with those memories. However, you don’t have to let these traumatic events define who you are in the present. Remind yourself that you still have a lot of life left to live. Emily Dickinson wrote that when she looked at her old self, it was like a distant cousin with whom she had no daily contact. Remind yourself that you’re moving past this old self toward the new you.
I Control My Story
People in recovery occasionally deal with a relative or even a loved one who, with good intentions, wants to control how their recovery progresses. You must remember that you’re in control of your life story. You’re the one who makes the decisions and deals with consequences, not anyone else. As much as these people may be trying to help you, it’s crucial that you remain the one who controls your story.
Make Up Your Own Affirmation
You don’t have to use any of our suggestions above; you can make up your own mantra. The key is to find one that will help you with your addiction daily. Remember to think positively, not negatively, when constructing your mantra. It’s not what you won’t do from now on; it’s what you will do. Keep your affirmation or mantra short. It should be memorable, intense and passionate. Keep it in the present tense. Don’t attach dates or time frame to your mantra. Don’t think “I will be a better person in six months,” but “I will be a better person.”
If you’re struggling with addiction, we can help. Don’t be afraid to reach out for assistance to deal with it. Our compassionate team of counselors is available 24/7 to help you start on a journey to recovery. Contact us today by calling (833) 596-3502.