Having negative thoughts is natural, but when our mind believes them, they can easily cause trouble. Our thoughts and feelings directly affect our behaviors and our behaviors directly affect our lives. Many people get caught up in uncomfortable situations and fall victim to negative thinking. This usually ends up doing further damage emotionally to the individual. These thoughts and feelings come in many forms, called cognitive distortions. Addicts are plagued with these naysaying thoughts which often lead them to repeat destructive behaviors.
The good news is recognition and mindfulness can combat pessimism, defeatism and cynicism. In fact, you can outthink your negative thoughts with these methods. These kinds of tools are essential to both addicts and their families who are affected by the disease.