The very word addiction has negative connotations. One can be addicted to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or even food. None of it sounds positive. But there are positive addictions, which foster good will, health, optimism and stable relationships, just to name a few.

However, is it possible to turn a negative addiction into a positive addiction?

Positive Addiction

Positive addictions may be defined as things that make one feel confident and happy. It has less to do with the actual object of addiction and more to do with the way it makes the person feel. Some examples of positive addictions are exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, playing music, art, volunteering or working in a job one is passionate about. Doing any of these things could make someone feel good about themselves.

How does Addiction become Negative?

In life there will always be challenges. And moments of weakness. When an individual chooses a negative reaction to a stressful situation, rather than a positive one, negative addiction begins. A negative addiction is one that does not promote happiness, health, confidence, positivity or personal growth. Often it comes from an individual’s belief that they are not strong enough to make positive choices.

Sometimes, it’s just easier to make the negative choice. It’s easier to eat fast food instead of making a healthy meal at home. It’s takes less effort to spend time watching television, rather than go to the gym. It takes willpower to turn down a drink with colleagues or order grilled chicken instead of pasta. Because it’s so easy, the individual does it over and over, and the negative addiction is born.

Rationalizing Negative Behavior

Because an individual believes that they don’t have what it takes to start and stick with positive addictions, they rationalize their behavior. How many times have these words been said:

  • I don’t have the time to work out;
  • It’s too hard to cook at home after a long day at work;
  • I’m not athletic enough for that.

Of course, not everyone can do everything. It’s important for individuals to know their strengths and weaknesses. That being said, sometimes it’s not about not being able to do a thing, but not knowing how to do it. Wanting to swim for exercise doesn’t mean swimming at the level of Michael Phelps. It does mean getting to the pool and swimming a few laps.

Turning the Negative to Positive

Wanting to turn the negative to positive is the first step towards building positive addictions. The second step is identifying the negative choices which have led to negative addictions. Once those have been addressed, then an individual can start making new decisions, immediately (not later) that will promote happiness, health, confidence, or whatever positive reinforcement they want.

Do It Now!

There is no time like the present. Start with something easy and doable today. Evaluate your choices. Want to be fitter? Take a walk today. It’s as easy as that. It doesn’t have to take too long or be too hard. Positive addictions can be created, and the time to create them is now.

Hired Power provides information and resources for addiction intervention and recovery. If you are struggling to kick a drug or substance use habit, call us. Let us help you create a solid foundation for lasting recovery. 1-800-910-9299

Most Recent Blog Posts

5 Ways To Forgive Yourself In Recovery

    Sometimes, in active addiction, we do things we aren’t proud of. We may have hurt the ones we love, do things we are ashamed of, and caused harm to ourselves. We may feel guilty, embarrassed, and angry. Although you may have gotten substance abuse treatment and are...

    Read More

    Recognizing A Problem With Alcohol

      It can be fun and relaxing to go out for drinks with your friends on Friday nights after a long work week or have a cocktail before bed. Many people drink alcohol and do so regularly, but how do you know when your drinking has become a problem? When many of us think...

      Read More

      Which 12-Step Program Is Right For Me?

        12-Step programs are a common part of addiction recovery. Many treatment programs utilize a 12-Step approach, and many of those recovering choose to attend meetings after they complete their treatment. Attending meetings can help individuals maintain their recovery...

        Read More


        21062 Brookhurst St. #201, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

        ©2021 All Rights Reserved. Design & Development by Goldman Marketing Group | Sitemap | Privacy Policy The information available on this web site is provided for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace a medical consultation where a physician's judgment may advise you about specific disorders, conditions and or treatment options. We hope the information will be useful for you to become more educated about your health care decisions. If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact us at