Memories from your addiction surface and threaten to throw off the balance of recovery that you are trying to maintain. Shame, guilt, loneliness, worthlessness, and hopelessness overwhelm you. There have been so many things you did during your addiction that make you feel like all of this is not worth your trouble.
Stealing, begging, selling yourself, throwing away relationships, and stooping to such lows that sober you is horrified by the memories of what you did. You were driven by the desire, the urge, the need to obtain drugs. Your brain was not itself; it was damaged by the chemicals from the substance. You could not think properly, all you know is you needed that drug and you would do anything to satisfy it.
Now that you are in recovery, you need to understand how to deal with past memories and learn to live with yourself. Self-love is an important thing that can push you to do great things, but without it, recovery can seem pointless. Self-love is the regard of your own well-being through positive thoughts and the desire to be continually happy.
Self-love can help you stay in recovery by improving your mental state of satisfaction and self-esteem. Low self-esteem has been linked to substance abuse. The more you love yourself, the longer your recovery will be. Through the practice of self-love, you can become a powerful force. Nothing is impossible, including recovery. It grows with us. The more we love ourselves, the easier it is to do what we need to do to remain happy and healthy.
Self-love is not easy to come by, especially if you have been stuck in a negative mindset for a long time. When we practice self-love, we begin to think more positively about ourselves, learning to embrace our strengths. We give ourselves the power to hear a negative thought and understand it for what it is and turn it into something positive. Each decision we make affects us, and learning to love yourself can help you to make decisions that are best for you.
The road to recovery begins by imagining a life without addiction. We place you at the center of treatment, and our team coordinates its efforts with you to develop a personalized program. Together we develop goals in treatment and after treatment that support recovery, self-efficacy, and improved quality of life.
After a lifetime of self-abuse, it’s not easy to discover the value of self-love. Wondering what step you should take next? Unsure of what services would be the best fit for you? Call Steps Recovery Centers today – 385-250-1701– to talk with one of our trained clinicians. With levels of care from outpatient to residential, we can meet you where you are and help boost your journey to recovery.