It can take time for an addict to be fully prepared mentally and physically for what they experience in recovery. Adjusting to a new sober lifestyle requires some dramatic changes not only in their actions but also in the way that they think. Each person in recovery must remain open-minded and receptive throughout their experience in order to get the most out treatment.
What does it mean to be open-minded? In order to be in this state of mind an addict must change some of their old mentalities so that they can learn and absorb new things to transform themselves. Being open-minded means being able to listen to other people’s ideas, having the willingness to consider other possibilities, and even having a sense of humility to accept that you are wrong sometimes. There is no room in recovery for arrogance or close-mindedness because these things are poisonous to sobriety.
Positive Changes through Open-Minded Thinking
In recovery, people begin to realize that arrogant thinking, overconfidence and believing they had all the answers were things that contributed to their addiction. Continuing this type of thinking will only lead to relapse, so one of the first things that a person in recovery must learn is how to be more open-minded. A state of being open-minded can yield many benefits to a person’s life.
It can give them the ability to live more honestly because they will be humble enough to admit when they don’t know something or experience doubt and uncertainty. Open-mindedness can create more opportunities in your life to discover new things and build new friendships. People who are open-minded are also more able to think outside the box and learn from trial and error. They are able to accept that they don’t know everything and understand that it’s okay to make a mistake.
Avoiding Close-Minded Behavior
Not only does being open-minded provide many benefits in recovery, it would be difficult if not impossible to progress in treatment without this quality. Someone who is close-minded can become stuck, without the resources to move forward. They might be unwilling to admit they need help and fail to make meaningful connections with others because they are too shut off.
Someone who is close-minded may be able to maintain sobriety at least for a period of time but much of their behavior will remain the same, making them much more vulnerable to relapse. They might continue to be full of anger and resentment as they are unable to enjoy the benefits of being sober. A close-minded person is also more likely to ignore warning signs that are leading them to relapse.
Some people may be more inclined to be open-minded but for most of us, it is a quality that we need to actively work on. Becoming open-minded can take time but there are actions to take to begin the process. It is important to begin to listen and consider other people’s suggestions and get out of the habit of automatically refusing certain options.
At least considering something new can help you be more open to new ideas. It is also helpful to be willing to question your own beliefs and opinions or even change them if you see that they are based on an error or misunderstanding. Being open-minded means seeking knowledge and even allowing yourself to be persuaded by someone else’s viewpoints instead of always wanting to be right.
A person in recovery needs to allow themselves to be challenged by new ideas, different points of view and new experiences because these lead to change and growth. Someone who is close-minded cannot grow and continue in their recovery. Open-mindedness is the only way to seek a lasting and permanent recovery from addiction.