February 1, 2017
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? HOW YOUR THOUGHTS
AFFECT YOUR RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION
Have you ever wondered about the impact of your thoughts?
By now, most people have either seen the movie The Secret or have heard about it. By
showing a number of different situations and how people respond to them, The Secret
teaches us that we are creating our lives with every thought we have, every second of the
What an amazing idea!
What We Put Out Comes Back to Us
The Secret addresses the idea of the Law of Attraction, which you may already be familiar
with. This “Law” simply states that what we attract into our lives is a direct result of what
we think about. It teaches that whatever we put out, we get back. Although this is a very
simple concept and makes sense to a lot of people, it can be quite difficult for many to
actually put into practice in their lives.
Could it really be this straightforward? Is it possible that if we can change the way we
think, we can also change the quality of our lives? If so, could this affect the quality of
recovery from addictive behaviors?
Whether or not you are a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, you have probably had
experiences where you found that the more negative you’re thinking is, the more you have
in your life to feel negative about. The reverse is also true: when you’re having a good day
and thinking pleasant thoughts, things just keep getting better – at least for a while until
your negative thoughts take over again.
Negative Thoughts and Recovery from Addiction
In 12-Step programs, these negative thought processes are called “Stinking Thinking” and
they include outward behaviors like complaining, being judgmental, blaming others, and
As people work the Steps, they are encouraged to become more aware of both their
negative and positive thought patterns to see how their thinking is influencing their
quality of recovery.