Abstract Advances in positive psychology have grown exponentially over the past decade. The addictions field has experienced its own growth in a positive direction, embodied by the recovery movement. Despite parallel developments, and great momentum on both sides, there has been little crosspollination.
Positive Psychology and Recovery I started in this field with an internship at a Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City that treated chemical addiction and mental illness in formerly homeless men.
It was profoundly meaningful to me; seeing the degree to which a well-organized program could help these men turn their lives around was inspiring. Later in my career, as my interest in the potential of positive psychology grew, I began to look for research that examined the application of positive psychology to addiction.
To my surprise, there was very little. I decided it needed to be done, so we conducted two preliminary studies.
I interviewed substance abuse counselors and asked them if they thought positive psychology interventions would be helpful to their work or if they used anything resembling positive psychology in their programs.
We also reviewed the existing literature on the subject to see if anything pointed us toward an effective approach.
I began to focus on gratitude, the aspect of positive psychology that to me held the most potential in recovery programs. For example, it is a common theme in Alcoholics Anonymous.
The importance of expressing gratitude is also deeply embedded in most chemical treatment and step programs, making it a perfect fit for our pilot study.
Participants were divided into test and control groups. We told them they were taking part in a day study on the daily lives of people in alcohol treatment programs. Members of the control group were asked an identical number of questions, but these were related to sleep patterns, caffeine intake, and use of electronic devices.
While this is a small pilot study, our preliminary results are encouraging. When we analyzed the data, we found that the people in the gratitude group experienced lower levels of negative mood and greater levels of feeling calm and serene.
The control group had no change.
After the study was complete, we invited the people in both groups to talk about the experience. The people in the gratitude group also said that, in addition to having an impact on their mood, the positive psychology practice changed their thought processes.
It made their thinking more positive and pulled them away from habitual negative thinking. It has the potential to brighten the mood of individuals in treatment which could improve the experience of life in recovery and hedge against relapse.
Here are some important tactics and resources you can rely on to make the situation better. Explore Al-Anon or other support groups for families of addiction.
The most accessible group dedicated to families of the chemically dependent is Al-Anon a sister organization to Alcoholics Anonymousbut there are others. Find one in your community and see what they have to offer, or surf their web page for helpful information — too often families wait until they are facing a crisis before seeking help.
These books come highly recommended by Jim Balmer, the president of Dawn Farm addiction treatment center. They provide families a blueprint for working together with loved ones through the challenges of treatment and recovery, from the early stages of treatment to long-term sobriety.
Allow consequences to happen. The best practices for dealing with someone who is addicted are often contrary to what logically make sense.The focus of the current review is the application of the science of positive psychology to rigorous addictions research and the ways in which the constructs, theories, and interventions of positive psychology dovetail with, and further the aims of, addiction studies and the recovery movement.
A systematic review of positive psychology applied to substance use, addiction, and recovery found nine studies which are discussed according to the following themes: theoretical propositions, character strengths and drinking, positive psychology and recovery, positive.
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