Treatment for addiction has been proven to be effective. However, it is common for people to relapse during treatment or shortly after treatment. Finding ways to consciously continue to make the effort to fight addiction is a strategy we need to focus on during treatment.
If we don’t make recovery motivating and rewarding, people suffering from addiction won’t find a sense of meaning to why they are stopping the behavior. Using ‘positive recovery’ allows a balanced approach of fighting the disease, but also finds elements that make life worth living.
If a person does not know how to pursue an element of happiness, addiction is most likely going to occur to void that struggle and create happiness. Happiness is cultivated over a lifetime of creating good habits, building character, and adding to one’s own and other people’s well being. These positive-habits over time become automatic with a person and essentially become who you are.
Martin Seligman is a psychologist who created the PERMA model for creating lasting recovery from addiction. Addiction develops when human being seek out the following through drugs:
“P” Feel Positive Emotions
Savor moments of pleasure and attempt to make it last
“E” Generate flow- like experiences
“R” Be accepted, from relationships
“M” Discover meaning in life