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What Are Some Tips to Boost Self Esteem After Relapse?

What Are Some Tips to Boost Self Esteem After Relapse?

Relapse happens to many people in recovery, for various reasons. One of the reasons is that addiction recovery is hard work. There are triggers in the environment, work, and difficult people to cope with on a daily basis. Sometimes people just need to find a way of releasing anxiety about relapse and embracing it if it happens. Find some tips to help boost self esteem and confidence following relapse and how to prevent it in the future.

Restoring Self Respect

When relapse happens, it can feel like a weight of guilt and shame heaped on your shoulders. Negative thoughts and feelings can lead to further substance use. Once you decide to quit and get sober again, you can work to rebuild your damaged self esteem. Here are some tips to help restore confidence and self esteem after addiction relapse:

  • Take care of your personal affairs. Catch up on work, school, make sure bills are paid and get the essentials in order so you can focus on recovery
  • Make amends to people you harmed and get brutally honest with yourself. Take personal responsibility to make it happen
  • Offer forgiveness to yourself and others
  • Release self-condemnation for relapse. Recovery is hard and not everyone is going to make it. Be sure you are the one who does by picking yourself up and asking for what you need
  • Make a plan that you will stick with. Go to a support group that will help you become stronger and more focused on your goals
  • Ask for help by gritting your teeth and owning it. Whether it’s from support groups, therapists, or religious leaders, ask boldly. Not everyone will be prepared to help so try to find professionals whose job it is to understand and be there for you.

Pick Up the Pieces

Once you are ready with the right tools and resources to get on your feet, it is time to pick up the pieces. The feelings of failure, fear of disappointing others, and the linger doubts may remain. The biggest and best thing you can do is pick yourself up and keep going forward. Find a rehab center with aftercare programs that focus on your recovery plan. Don’t let others tell you what you need, ask for it yourself. Go after what you know you need to do and don’t wait for others to give you permission. This is your life, your recovery. Own it.

Serenity helps you take ownership of your recovery for a better life. Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. Whether it’s detox, aftercare, group counseling, or something else, we will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964