Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Space of Positivity in Rehabilitation


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Whether you’ve recently entered inpatient rehabilitation, or you plan to in the near future, you will likely have some space to relax, breathe, and feel at home. You may have a lot of things to bring or may choose to bring nearly nothing at all – either way, it’s important that you establish a “safe space” within your room so that you can feel most connected, rested, and secure.

Hang up pictures of your motivators.

Many people in recovery have someone outside of themselves that they want to work hard for. Perhaps this could be your children, your significant other, or your family overall – if you have pictures of the ones you love, pictures that remind you of why you should continue pushing through even on your hardest days, you’re setting up your space to be one of motivation and encouragement.

Post up inspirational quotes.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending” – Carl Bard

Maybe you just heard something that uplifted you, or made you feel motivated, or helped you to make sense of things. Maybe it’s something someone you love has always told you. Whatever it is, hang it up. You need to see this every day.

Decorate with positive artwork/homework you’ve created in recovery.

Rehabilitation programs often involve “homework” assignments and/or other creative ways to express yourself and learn from your emotions. If you have something that you’ve completed in recovery that makes you feel proud of your progress, what better what to feel motivated than to hang it up near your bed or mirror?

Psychology Today states that in order to find success in recovery, you must be ready to change, believe that you have the ability to overcome challenges, maintain your psychological and emotional wellness, have support and structure, and be productive each day. Take a leap towards success by decorating your space to reflect this.

Located in Orange County, CA, Simple Recovery is a world-renowned drug and alcohol treatment center that believes that recovery is a process, not a destination. Our Simple Recovery programs include a variety of resources such as relapse prevention and support, group and individual therapy, vocational and educational programming, and more. If you’re in search of freedom from addiction, call us today at 888-743-0490. Recovery is possible.