The Importance of Focus in Recovery

The Importance of Focus in Recovery

The more we learn about the power of our thoughts, the more we see firsthand that our focus determines our reality, and we have the ability to create the lives we want for ourselves by choosing our thoughts. What we focus on, we give our energy to, and when we direct our energy in positive ways, we open ourselves up to incredible transformation and healing. The problem is that most of us have been conditioned to direct our energy negatively. We’re filled with fear that often presents itself as pessimism, self-doubt, anxiety and worry. We focus on all the wrong things – our mistakes rather than our potential, our past rather than the future, our problems rather than the solutions. When it comes to addiction recovery, it’s so important that we focus on our capacity for change and the expansiveness that comes with learning and growth. We’re often tempted to give into our fears, and we focus on all the reasons why we might fail, or we dwell on our relapses rather than applying our energy to moving forward. We focus on the limitations rather than the possibilities.

When we become more conscious of our thoughts, we can start focusing them in healthier ways. We can mentally and emotionally become our own allies. For most of our lives, we fueled cycles of self-destructiveness. We focused on all the things we hated about ourselves. We focused all our energy on being self-deprecating rather than uplifting ourselves. We used our addictions, relationships and other distractions as forms of escape, to numb our pain, rather than doing the hard work to heal. Our focus was on all the problematic circumstances in our lives rather than on the underlying issues driving them. Our focus was on dwelling on the problems of our pasts rather than on finding the solutions to those problems or on manifesting beautiful futures for ourselves. We focused on our pain, and our self-destructive ways of escaping our pain, rather than on our healing.

Where we direct our focus, our energy goes, and therefore our manifesting power as well. When we’re focused on negativity, we attract more circumstances that reflect that energy. On the other hand, when we’re able to focus on positivity, we receive even more to be grateful for. When it comes to our recovery, we can choose to focus on all the reasons why we won’t be successful, all the people we know who’ve failed at their own recovery, all the times we’ve relapsed and disappointed ourselves, all the reasons why we’re not good enough – or we can focus on optimism, faith and believing in ourselves. Where we apply our focus can make all the difference in our recovery.

At Bayview Recovery, you will benefit from the multiple forms of therapy we offer as part of our treatment programs. Call 888-570-7154 today for more information.