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How To Rebuild Self-Esteem During Recovery

Drug use and addiction takes a heavy toll on a person, both in mind and body. A person’s self-esteem often takes a lot of damage during addiction, so rebuilding it during recovery can be quite a challenge.

According to the NIDA, there has long been an association between substance abuse and self-esteem, and it can affect a person’s treatment and recovery outcomes. Knowing what steps to take in order to rebuild your self-esteem after substance abuse can be the best way to help with your recovery.

Pay Attention To YOU

Addiction usually results in a lack of control, so it can be very important for you to regain some control and listen to your needs and wants. Ignoring what your mind and body asks for can make you feel worse about yourself. To bring your self-esteem up to a healthy level, start off by listening.

If you feel like talking with a friend, listening to your favorite music, or even like you need to take a break from a task then do it. Start slowly with what you are able to do and build your way up. Call 800-736-5356(Who Answers?) for more information on getting help.

Practice Self-Care

Taking care of yourself is a huge part of rebuilding self-esteem during recovery, SAMHSA recommends. With that in mind, the actions that you do for yourself and your wellbeing will often make you feel better about yourself.

Your emotional health often hinges on the status of your physical health, and vise-versa. Having a healthy diet can not only help you feel better, but it can also be good for your body as it recovers. Physical activity can also be good for your self-esteem, as exercise often triggers hormones that invoke a positive feeling.

Do Things You Enjoy

Rebuild Self-Esteem

Taking part in activities that you enjoy boosts self-esteem.

When you do something that you enjoy, it tends to make you feel great about yourself. Taking the time to do something you enjoy—whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, crafts, or something else—boosts your mood.

Self-esteem benefits from happiness and joy, so you should do things that make you feel those emotions. If you’re worried about losing interest in something or fear that you might not enjoy it as much as you once did, put together a list of activities that you like. Mix it up and add new things as you go.

Make Your Space Yours

Your personal space should be an extension of yourself and you should feel good being there. Make it comfortable and accommodating of your needs. Fill your space with reminders of what you are working towards or tokens that keep you motivated.

You can even turn your space into a creative outlet during your journey through recovery. Display things that are going to make you feel good about yourself. If you share your space, make sure that you have an area that is all your own that you can peacefully make your own.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, please know that help is available. Consider calling 800-736-5356(Who Answers?) for the opportunity to speak with one of our caring specialists for more information about your treatment options.

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