For many people new to recovery, self-esteem and self-worth are things they’ve lacked in their recent history. Addiction isn’t fun, and sometimes it can cause a big dent to your self-esteem. It can be embarrassing to try to stop getting high and fail multiple times. Many people with substance use disorders have done things under the influence that they’re not proud of doing. It’s also common for addicted people to feel bad about themselves for the things they did to get ahold of their drug of choice.
3 Exercises to Build Self-Esteem
Building your sense of self back will take time as you get clean. Long-term recovery involves emotions and reconciliation with your past. As you stay clean, you will start to heal from your past. If you’re in early recovery, be kind to yourself. You’re not going to get well overnight.
Here are three things you can do to build self-esteem in recovery:
- Write affirmations for yourself. Affirmations can help you change negative self-talk and interrupt your mind when you start to think negatively. For example, if you have a terrible habit of calling yourself “stupid,” write down a statement that says the opposite, and what you’re doing to continue to be positive today. Examples of affirmations: “I’m a smart woman that’s learning about myself every day.” “I’m a good person who is healing the pain from the past.” “I’m getting better every day I stay clean.”
- Do good deeds. Be kind to people and strangers. Some great ways to do this is to volunteer at nonprofit organizations as well as your 12-step meetings. Offer people at meetings drives to the next meeting. Help somebody you love clean up after dinner.
- Work your recovery program. As you continue to stay clean and sober, make sure that you’re striving for positive changes. Recovering your self-esteem and your sense of self will take time, but it’s worth it. Addiction causes a lot of pain, but through recovery, you’ll start to heal and feel better about yourself and the world in general.
Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible. Thousands of people celebrate recovery milestones every day, and you can, too! Take things one day at a time and have patience with yourself. You are forgivable and worthy. You will continue to heal as you work your program.
Rebuilding your self-esteem and reclaiming your life from addiction is possible. If you’re using drugs and you want to stop, please give us a call. We can get you headed in the right direction in a sensitive, caring environment. Please call us today at 1-800-970-8774.