Combating Feelings of Low Self-Worth in Early Recovery
One of the biggest challenges I see for people in early recovery is that many of them tend to struggle with feelings of “low self-worth.” These feelings are the result of years spent living a, “less than spiritual” lifestyle which can follow an individual when they come to treatment. It is a sad fact that this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy if the individual continues in that same thought process. If they continue to think of themselves as, “less-than” or “not good enough,” then that is exactly what they will be. And that will only bring about more of the same; they will continue to surround themselves with the wrong people, limit their potential, and will eventually find themselves right back where they started.
For this reason, one of the key goals in treatment is to restore hope, a sense of self-worth, and to inspire the individual. This will build their confidence and will be the catalyst to bring about positive change. In early recovery, new associations, better employment, healthier relationships, and new experiences all begin with improving our opinion of ourselves. We are not the same person we were a year, a month, or even a week ago.