BEING in an active addiction takes its toll on the person, in all spheres of their lives.
They neglect to take care of themselves, and this in turn has a negative impact on their self-esteem.
Self-esteem is an internal belief system and how you experience life externally. It is based on your attitude towards your value as a person, the career that you are in, your achievements, your interpersonal relations, your purpose in life, your potential for success, your strengths and weaknesses, your social status and your independence.
Low self-esteem causes depression, unhappiness, insecurity, and poor confidence.
Other’s desires may take preferences over yours. Inner criticism, that nagging voice of disapproval inside you, causes you to stumble at every challenge and challenges seem impossible.
Building self-esteem is a focal point for addicts in recovery, and it is an aspect that requires continuous work.
Self-esteem increases your confidence. If you have confidence, you will respect yourself, and if you respect yourself, you can respect others.
Here are some suggestions to improve your self-esteem:
face your fears – they are not as bad as you may think;
forget your failures – learn from them and avoid making the same mistakes;
know what you want and ask for it –you deserve your dreams to come true;
reward yourself when you succeed – no one else will.
Self-image is how you see yourself in relation to others. This may be how you see yourself physically, or it may be more about the idea you have of yourself which could also be called self-concept.
All of these aspects are important as it affects your self-esteem. You are only limited by your efforts and confidence, believe in yourself.
It is easier to stay away from drugs than to get off them.