Addicts and alcoholics can get used to blaming other people for how they feel. Taking responsibility for your own feelings can be a humbling experience, especially when you realize how terribly you feel about yourself. Thankfully, acknowledging your problems with yourself is the first step! Recovery will help you gain your self-esteem, one day at a time.
- Recovery helps you to examine your thoughts and behaviors regarding how you perceive yourself and how you think others perceive you. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychotherapy process which focuses on identifying behaviors and the thoughts behind them. Working with a therapist, you can find out where your self-defeating beliefs originated and how they’ve been reinforced over your lifetime.
- Recovery gives you the tools you need to change the way you think, the way you behave, and how you feel about yourself. Through practical tools utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, you can interrupt the process of low self-esteem. There is a general philosophy in recovery: in order to gain self-esteem, do esteemable acts. What makes you feel good about yourself? Start doing what works to make you feel better about being who you are.
- Recovery redefines your pain into purpose. One day, you’re going to be on the other side of feeling terrible about yourself. You’re going to look in the mirror and like what you see. A different smile will spread across your face. Living more authentically, you’ll realize that all the people who encouraged you along your path were right. It does get better. Understanding why you had to suffer for so long is a clarity which may never come. What you can understand is that all of it was for a reason- here you are. Now that you have gone through the journey, it’s your turn to reach out to others. Full of compassion and empathy, you are able to share encouragement with someone new to the path of discovering self-love.
- Recovery is awesome! Every day, you are a living miracle. By continuing to do the work and help others you have a lot to be proud of. Humbled by the experience you’ve had as the result of working the steps, you’ve been able to find an immense of gratitude in your life. Recovery has given you the hope and freedom you were always hoping to feel in your own skin.
Taking action always results in change. Recovery is about taking action in your life to create change. Everyone is capable of recovery. Everyone is capable of change. If you are ready to action in your fight against addiction, the treatment programs at Design For Change will help you come out victorious. For more information, call (877) 267-3646.