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Unfortunately, addiction can rob a person of everything. From their families and personal relationships to their jobs and sense of security, everything is stripped away until there’s nothing left. Likely one of the most important things that an addict gets robbed of, however, is their self-esteem, confidence, and sense of worth.
When you’ve become so attached to a substance that you will do just about anything to get it, it can put you in a very vulnerable place causing you to do things you wouldn’t otherwise do. You feel ashamed and, therefore, isolate yourself in guilt. Despite attending drug rehab centers in Utah or wherever you attended, and learning skills to turn things around, your apprehension about reality can cause you to lose your confidence.
Why Confidence Matters to Your Sobriety
Having low self-esteem and abusing drugs or alcohol tend to go hand and hand. When you don’t think much of yourself, often you will use to try and cover up those emotions. Now that you’ve gone through addiction recovery, however, it is imperative that you have high confidence in yourself. When you’re confident in who you are and your ability to succeed at sobriety you are more inclined to work the skills, tools, and resources provided to you in rehab to find a new and positive normal.
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How to Boost Your Confidence
You may be feeling a bit insecure or nervous about going back to reality and trying to pick up the pieces of your life, but you can make it. As long as you work diligently every day at rebuilding your confidence, you’ll find the inner strength to reach your goals and remain sober. Here are some tips on how to do this:
Consider Your Journey
Not sure you can handle what’s ahead, think about where you’ve been. You may have succumbed to addiction but the moment you realized you needed help, you got it. You found the right rehab, you detoxed, you followed the program, and you’ve learned the skills you need to beat addiction going forward. That’s a huge accomplishment. Though you had the support of rehab staff, it is your willpower and determination that got you through it. Think about that and be proud.
Hang with Positive People
The worst thing you could do for your self-esteem is to start hanging around people that are negative. Individuals that will remind you of things you might have done during your addiction, put you down, or not support your efforts forward will only make you think less of yourself. You need to be around individuals who have your best interest at heart and want to see you do good.
Stick to Your Goals
During your stay in rehab, chances are you were asked to come up with goals you have for the future. The idea is to create a plan that will help you rebuild your life and stay on the straight and narrow. Keep those goals close to you and stick to them. As you see yourself progressing towards them you will feel empowered and, therefore, more hopeful about your future.
Addiction is a rough and hard experience for anyone to go through. It is a time where you’re at the lowest point of your life. Naturally, you start to think negatively of yourself as you feel ashamed or even guilty for where your life is at the moment. However, the only way you’re going to continue to press forward is if you continue to rebuild your self-esteem and confidence. Hopefully, these tips will give you some ideas on how to keep believing in you and your ability to remain sober and live a long, happy, and prosperous life.
Website Author and Editor Bio
Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach (DipLC), Teacher (MA) and author of Self Esteem Secrets. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run More-SelfEsteem.com since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Confidence.