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Ignoring the Lie that You Aren’t Good Enough

Ignoring the Lie that You Aren’t Good Enough

A low self-esteem may keep drug users from treatment, but rehab jumpstarts sobriety

If you suffer from addiction, an important step toward recovery is believing that you are capable of it. If you ever think that you are not good enough to get and stay clean, then remind yourself that every individual deserves the opportunity to remove the shackles of substance abuse. Anyone with the right tools can create a positive sober lifestyle, so do not let feelings of inadequacy hold you back from your potential.

How Feelings of Inadequacy Can Prevent Addiction Recovery

Addicts who think they do not deserve recovery often believe that there is no point in trying to quit drugs, because they think they will probably fail anyway. This attitude prevents many people from experiencing the benefits of recovery, which include emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. When you think you will fail in addiction treatment, then remember that these feelings do not reflect reality. If you have the desire to leave substance abuse behind, then know that you are capable of achieving recovery.

3 Ways to Build a Healthy Self-Esteem While Seeking Addiction Recovery

How can addicts ignore the lie that they are not good enough for recovery? How can you achieve recovery despite feeling discouraged? Seek professional help and use treatment to quit drugs, but the following steps can develop a positive self-image:

  • Seek people who are positive influences. If you do not know many drug addicts, then you may struggle with feelings of inferiority. For instance, you may wonder why you are fighting a problem with substance abuse if none of your loved ones have the same issues. However, finding people you can relate to can solve this problem. When you begin addiction treatment, you will join a support group where you can hear the stories of other recovering users. In your support group, you will meet many strong, capable people who can expose the problems with your drug habits. Your support group will help you realize that your addiction problems do not define you.
  • Be open to growth and change. Even positive change comes with its own set of challenges, so make goals and follow a plan to reach your goals. For instance, utilize the tools offered by your recovery center to the best of your ability. Engage your counselors, participate in group discussions and get as much out of your treatment program as you can.Establish stability and predictability in your daily life. Being unsure about the present and future can disintegrate confidence. During treatment, your life will be highly structured and predictable, but once treatment ends it will be difficult to establish stability and predictability. Even as you remain open to growth and change, create your own routine and stick to it. Find relationships with dependable people so that, even when plans go awry, you can go with the flow and make it work. Also, when positive opportunities arise, you will be prepared to reach your goals.

Even if you struggle with negative feelings about yourself and your abilities, you can still overcome addiction and succeed in life. Do not hesitate to seek help, because professional help can provide a healthy self-esteem. If you have the right resources, you can leave drug use behind and accomplish great things.

Find a Rehab Center that Is Right for You and Your Loved One

If you or someone you love suffers from a low self-esteem and a drug addiction, then know that we can help. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about recovery opportunities. Our treatment programs can equip you with the tools that can bring about sobriety, so do not hesitate to contact us today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to take your call.

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