Today’s episode of Addicted Mind Plus is a game-changer for anyone feeling stuck in their journey toward sobriety. Hosts Duane and Eric Osterlind dive deep into the world of cognitive distortions – those tricky thought patterns that keep us from achieving our fullest potential and lock us in cycles of addiction. They shine a light on the top seven distortions, from all-or-nothing thinking to personalization and blame, and offer practical tips for challenging and changing these thoughts. Whether you’re battling addiction, supporting someone who is, or just looking to understand your mind a little better, this episode is packed with insights and tools to help you reset your thinking and embrace a more positive, empowered life. Remember, changing how you think can truly change your life.

Key Topics:

  • The impact of cognitive distortions on addiction
  • Overcoming all-or-nothing thinking
  • The power of challenging negative thoughts
  • Recognizing and reframing mental filters
  • The importance of acknowledging positive steps in recovery

Key Moments Timestamps:

  • [00:01:00] Introduction to cognitive distortions
  • [00:03:48] Discussing “all or nothing” thinking
  • [00:05:58] Exploring mental filters and their impact
  • [00:07:40] Addressing the habit of discounting the positive
  • [00:09:23] How jumping to conclusions affects us
  • [00:11:24] The problem with labeling ourselves
  • [00:13:48] The importance of challenging cognitive distortions

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