Most mental health experts and researchers define “mental resilience” or “toughness” as the ability to cope successfully in the face of adversity, especially with the absence of psychopathology or abnormal cognition.1,2,3
To put things simply, mental resilience is the ability for a person to keep functioning normally despite being put in a highly stressful situation.
The concept of building mental resilience is central to the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD).2,3 Perhaps the most defining thing about SUD is how it directly interferes with a person’s ability to make good decisions. Building mental resilience can be key to empowering people with SUD to continuously and sustainably make better decisions regarding their health, relationships, and overall well-being.
Here, we’ll discuss the context and value of mental resilience when it comes to SUD recovery. Contact our team at Boston Drug Treatment Centers to learn more.
Mental resilience is often critical for helping individuals with SUD achieve a successful — and sustainable — recovery. However, mental resilience does not get built overnight. Creating it in most cases involves learning and internalizing behaviors and attitudes that set one up for success. Regular psychotherapy, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy, and training oneself to build positive habits are the main tools for building mental resilience. 3,4,5,6,7
While the same principle works for individuals recovering from SUD, the existence of SUD and other co-occurring mental health conditions can create challenging conditions for recovery. For instance, people with alcohol or opioid use disorder may need medication-assisted therapy and other interventions to make them stable enough to receive the necessary training for mental resilience.2,5,6,7
Additionally, as is often the case with many serious mental health disorders, the best treatment approaches tend to be specific to each individual. Getting good outcomes out of therapy and mental resilience training is often a matter of being able to try out different methods as well as being able to give them sufficient time to produce results.
Through all this, it’s also important to note that having mental resilience does not mean the recovering individual will no longer feel cravings or negative emotions from their triggers.1,3,4,5,7 Rather, it is akin to physical strength training, where one has to gradually build muscle and slowly increase their capacity and strength over time.
Mental resilience not only allows you to succeed in recovering from substance misuse, but it can be a valuable asset in your personal and professional endeavors as well. To find treatment programs in the Greater Boston area that promote mental resilience, you can call us at (857) 577-8193.
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