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How Rehab Restores Self-Esteem

How Rehab Restores Self-EsteemWhen a person is wrapped up in drug or alcohol addiction, his or her self-esteem is almost non-existent. Self-esteem is lost to the substance that is controlling the addict’s life, and no amount of trying to get over the guilt and shame associated with addiction can help. Getting into the right rehab program can help the person struggling with addiction learn to live life without drugs and rebuild the self-esteem that has been lost to substance abuse.

Drug Addiction and Self-Image

People struggling with drug abuse lose their sense of self to their drug of choice. The only thing that matters is getting and using; and cravings become the driving force in all decision making. When you are an addict, the person you used to be is masked by the drug as your body’s need to get and stay “high” in order to function “normally” takes over. Once a person’s sense of self is so intertwined with drug abuse, his or her self-esteem takes a beating. The guilt over not being able to quit on your own, the negative self talk that convinces you to believe you have no value, and the voice of others trying to help but only making the problem worse trample an already weakened sense of self-esteem. However, your self-esteem can recover along with your body and mind through drug rehab and treatment.

Drug Addiction Treatment

When your body is under the influence of a substance, your mind has limited opportunities to function normally. This can impact your ability to make good decisions and eventually destroy your self-esteem. Rehab begins with a period of medically-supervised detox that gives your body the chance to rid itself of the toxins of the drug. Once the toxins are gone, your brain and body can begin to heal. Through individual and group counseling, you will learn how to make good decisions once again. This feeds your recovering self-esteem and lets you know you are capable of making good choices where drugs are concerned. Learning coping skills and employing behavior modification strategies can help to improve your overall outlook on life and give you confidence to face day-to-day struggles without turning to drugs. After rehab, staying involved in a support group continues to help build your self-esteem as you learn to interact with others on the same journey, sharing hopes, struggles, failures, and successes in the recovery process.

Finding Help for Drug Addiction

Drug addiction causes your self-esteem to take a real beating. If you are struggling with substance abuse, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions and help you find treatment.