Improving self image and self-esteem is fundamental to the recovery process. Our judgement-free facilities offer the freedom and guidance to discover who you really are.

What Is Low Self-Esteem?

People with low self-esteem – people who don’t feel good about themselves – often look for ways to make themselves feel better. Many turn to alcohol and drugs to give them an escape from their negative thoughts about their self-worth. While this may provide temporary relief, over time the impact of their substance abuse can drive their self-esteem even lower as they continue to struggle with feelings of failure and a loss of control.

When someone has high self-esteem, they have confidence in their abilities and life skills. They are fully aware of their strengths, and while they acknowledge their weaknesses, they don’t feel bad because of them. This all contributes to their overall state of well-being. 

When someone has low self-esteem, however, they lack confidence and they don’t recognize the strengths they have. Instead, they dwell on their weaknesses and they don’t believe anyone sees any value in them, either. Some other signs of low self-esteem include:

  • Believing you’re not important
  • Believing others will humiliate you
  • Not trusting others
  • Loneliness
  • Letting negative thoughts drive your behavior

What Causes Low Self-Esteem?

Many factors can contribute to low self-esteem, including past trauma, such as neglect or child abuse, or mental illness.

People who struggle with their physical appearance, weight, and body image often develop negative feelings about their self-worth. Children with unsupportive parents, teachers, and other authority figures may struggle with low self-esteem and those issues can carry over into adulthood. 

But any disappointing or distressing situation can contribute to low self-esteem. Losing a job or going through a rough breakup in a personal relationship can create doubts and eat away at your confidence. Some people see such problems as a normal part of life, but others blame themselves and find it hard to get over the setbacks.

If your personal relationships are strong and you receive positive feedback and encouragement, you are more likely to view yourself as a valuable person. If you receive a lot of criticism and negative feedback, you’re more likely to have lower self-esteem.

Self-esteem in Substance Abuse Recovery

At Niznik Behavioral Health centers, your self-esteem is one of the many factors we consider in our comprehensive assessment that determines your addiction recovery plan.

We understand that improving your self-esteem can play an important role in your recovery efforts. Improving your self-esteem can have a positive impact on your rehabilitation program by helping you overcome co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression, which often contribute to alcohol and drug addiction

Our team of clinicians, therapists, and counselors are experienced in offering evidence-based therapy modalities – such as cognitive-behavioral therapy – that can help improve your self-esteem. Our treatment plans include activities and sessions that help you develop new life skills and discover new interests that encourage you to feel better about yourself and your abilities.

Guilt, shame, and other feelings that contribute to low self-esteem can hinder your efforts to overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol. These emotions are counterproductive to recovery and increase your chance of relapse. At Niznik, we help you establish a more positive outlook that gives you the confidence you need to overcome setbacks on your road to recovery and achieve lasting success.

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