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Learning to Believe in Yourself During Addiction Treatment

Learning to Believe in Yourself During Addiction Treatment

The need to believe in yourself during addiction treatment is vital for recovery success

The concept of believing in yourself is so well-known and preached that its message seems to have lost its punch. People almost roll their eyes when someone expresses the simple importance of believing in yourself, thinking that it’s a juvenile idea, or some fluff mantra that the optimists of the world use. It is mind-blowing that self-belief has become devalued because this trait is what separates the men from the boys; it is the criteria that distinguishes what makes a successful person and an unsuccessful one.

Believing in oneself is the key to success. No matter what resources, smarts or luck a person has, people have to believe in themselves if they wish to succeed and accomplish their goals. This notion applies to every aspect in life, but especially during addiction treatment and recovery. A person must come to believe that he or she can do well in treatment and foster that belief throughout a lifetime of recovery.

How Important is it for a Person to Believe in Themselves During Addiction Treatment?

It does not matter how big the goal is or what level of success is involved, if a person wishes to accomplish anything, she has to believe in herself; she has to be determined that she can make her goals happen in spite of all the vulnerability, uncertainty and failure that comes with not settling. If a person wants to make something happen, she must believe in herself.

The importance of people believing in themselves during addiction treatment is pivotal because there will be obstacles, setbacks and failure along the way. If a person does not believe that he can overcome addiction and meet his recovery goals, he is not going to overcome failure. He is not going to be that person who can fall down and get back up as many times as it’s needed throughout a challenging and long-term recovery process.

During treatment a person will gain skills, tools and the knowledge needed to break the cycle of addiction and maintain sobriety, but all of these resources amount to nothing if he doubts his own ability to recover. When someone believes in himself, he is believing in his skills, abilities, talents and is going to make his recovery work. He recognizes the power he has over his behavior; that he is in control of his life and successes.

So often, people develop addictions and self-destructive tendencies in an attempt to deal with negative feelings and thoughts. During treatment the individual must let go of feelings of self-hate and self-doubt and replace them with self-love and self-tolerance. Once a person believes that she is good enough for recovery she will behave in ways that are positive and productive. Although she may not always have the answer when she encounters setbacks and disappointment, she will know and believe that she will eventually figure it out. All the skills and tools developed during treatment will be irrelevant if a person does not believe she is capable of strengthening and utilizing them throughout recovery.

Lastly, a person who believes in herself and her recovery is going to be more successful because of her attitude. Belief is a motivator. It shapes how a person feels, thinks and views life. A person who is self-assured and confident is going to be more positive and optimistic. She is going to look at things differently than someone who is unsure of himself and too afraid of failure to act. With a positive mindset she is going to grasp treatment by the horns, and open herself up fully for change and growth. When an addict has a positive attitude she sees her future and the world in a different light. She is going to be more motivated for a better life in recovery. She will be inspired, driven and empowered, rather than scared, doubtful and stagnant.

How Can You Build Your Self-Assurance During Treatment?

In order for an addict to really come to believe that he can overcome addiction and re-establish self-trust, self-assurance and self-control he is going to have to reconcile the relationship he has with himself. Addicts cannot hold on to the past. They cannot allow old deep-rooted, negative self-thoughts and feelings to weigh them down; they will prevent a person from success in recovery. Individuals need to look at recovery as a new life; the same goes for their relationship with themselves.

Individuals will find it easier to believe in themselves if they take the time to appreciate small accomplishments and achievements. People have to celebrate the little victories in recovery, and understand that each individual success during treatment is a stepping stone towards the ultimate goal. Individuals should track and monitor their progress, while noting how their behaviors made them feel; i.e. taking note of how they have the power to control their destiny and to feel happy. It is also highly-beneficial to practice patience. People who view recovery as a gradual process will be patient, and not freak out when there are setbacks. They will slowly handle each obstacle with patience, and each little success and opportunity to overcome a hurdle will strengthen their self-belief and fuel perseverance that will support a successful life in recovery.

Do You Believe You Can Achieve Recovery? We Do.

If you’re in the midst of substance abuse or addiction, your self-confidence may be dwindling. The life in recovery you hope for may seem far beyond your reach at this moment, which is why you need to take things one step at a time. Do you want to put an end to your self-destructive behavior, and behavior that is hurtful to others? Then take the first step and reach out for help. You may not yet believe that recovery is feasible, but we do, and so do others who have recovered from addiction themselves. We are here to help you reach your goal, and the starting point is now. Pick up the phone and call our toll-free helpline today. We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you with your search for treatment and recovery. Whether you have questions, need information or are ready to find treatment options today, we are ready to help.