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What Are Some Tips to Boost Self Esteem Following Relapse?

What Are Some Tips to Boost Self Esteem Following Relapse?

Relapse happens to many people. Even so, you might feel alone, frustrated, even angry with yourself. Your self esteem might feel like it’s falling down the tubes, but there is hope. You can work to restore your self respect following relapse. Try these tips to help boost yourself back up again.

Restoring Self Respect

When you relapse, you might feel weighed down by shame and guilt. These negative, toxic emotions will eat you alive and can lead to further substance abuse. Once you get the resolve to quit and get sober, you can work to rebuild self esteem. Here are some important tips to help you get started on building yourself back up:

  • Damage control. Catch up on school, work, unpaid bills. Do whatever you have to do to make the situation less frightening by refocusing efforts on recovery.
  • Make amends. A relapse can harm your relationships with friends and family. There are people you need to talk to. Take responsibility and ask forgiveness if you missed responsibilities or left loved ones in the dust.
  • Forgive yourself. The quickest way to relapse is through self-condemnation. Let go of negative self-talk and focus on positive recovery. Long-term recovery is possible only if you make peace with yourself.
  • Make a plan. Even if you think you were doing everything right: recovery meetings, new friends, staying away from old haunts, you might quickly realize there’s other things that need to be done. Stress reduction, meditation, avoiding too much drama. There may be ways toxic people and situations crept into your life that make it harder for you to remain sober. Make a strict plan and stick with it.
  • Ask for help. It is not the time to go it alone. Whether you get help from support groups, therapists or religious leaders–get help. Not everyone in your circle of friends and family will be prepared to help, so try to find professionals who understand and will be there for you.

Once you’ve given a few of these tips a try, work on picking up the pieces. The feelings of failure, fear of disappointment and worrying about losing all your progress can drag you down. Don’t worry about all that now. It is in the past. Work to redeem yourself here and now, and keep moving forward. Look ahead and seek to hit those target goals with recovery as the main focus.

Relapse risk is a part of recovery. Even if you relapse, that does not mean it is the end of the recovery road. You can get up and do it again (with help). We will support you every step of the way. Our programs and resources are designed to help you get what you need, how you need it, so that you can be stronger that you were yesterday. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401