Learning to Believe in Yourself During Addiction Treatment

Seeking treatment for cocaine addiction is often one of the most exhilarating yet scary commitments addicts will make. Going from a world they have become comfortable with to a place where there are so many unknowns can cause addicts to question if treatment is the best option for them. Cocaine addicts typically continue to use to avoid the anxiety and stress of treatment, but because they desire sobriety, find themselves struggling to maintain their confidence and belief in themselves.

Recovery is a lifelong process and requires big life changes — from where you frequent, daily choices and who you interact with. At first, simple decisions can seem impossible but as you progress in treatment, you will realize that most are rewarding and support your new sobriety. Recovering addicts often find one of the most difficult aspects of sobriety is staying motivated and believing in themselves that they can do it.

Ways to Encourage Yourself

Maybe it was a loss of motivation or a brief moment of poor judgment that took the recovering addict off course. This is common and does happen but what is important is that the recovering addict knows how to regain his confidence and believe that he can overcome his current obstacles. Included in the following are some examples of ways an individual can get the encouragement he so desperately needs to both achieve and maintain his sobriety:

  • Join a support group
  • Reach out to others
  • Challenge yourself
  • Have an emergency plan

Often times, typically earlier in treatment and recovery, recovering addicts find themselves with a lack of motivation or have tremendously low self-esteem because they have realized the impact of their addiction. Although a common occurrence, suffering from low self-esteem or a lack of motivation can put your sobriety at risk and cause you to make choices that don’t support your sober lifestyle. Whether this occurs in the early stages of treatment or further down the road in recovery, you must take the proper steps to regain belief in yourself. For some this could mean joining a support group — either in person or online. Support groups are extremely beneficial for those desiring contact with others who either have experienced or are currently experiencing the same issues as themselves. They can receive feedback and bounce ideas off one another on what worked for them. By joining a support group, addicts in recovery are able to start building relationships with others.

Reaching out to others, whether they are recovering addicts as well or even loved ones, can give recovering addicts a way to voice their concerns without the fear of judgment. Finding someone to confide in that supports your choices is helpful and encouraging. Surrounding yourself with supportive peers can help boost self-confidence and encourage you to continue to make healthy choices. New relationships can be formed, relationships that were once broken can be repaired and current relationships can be strengthened if the recovering addict gives them the opportunity. Having a solid foundation of support and love can inspire anyone to make better choices and continue to maintain course.

Recovering addicts often stick to a schedule to help them maintain their sobriety and avoid “unknowns” that could challenge their sobriety. Some may find this comforting while others may get bored quickly and seek a more varied routine. For those in the latter group, finding healthy ways to challenge yourself can help you stay inspired and build self-confidence as you accomplish activities you never deemed possible. Some of these challenges could include improving your physical health, furthering your education, going outside your comfort zone and seeking new hobbies. Just be careful to not become overscheduled and worn out because this could lead to stress, which in turn, can lead to relapse.

Relapse Prevention or an emergency plan can help recovering addicts get back on track and avoid any further pitfalls that promote drug use and abuse. Although you may not like to think about relapsing, having a solid plan in place can help you feel more comfortable that if it were to occur you know what to expect and how to react. Believing in yourself is important for recovery. At times your morale will be low and you may question your choice to get sober. Remembering why you chose sobriety, whether it be family, health, or better quality of life, can help you stay on course and headed in the right direction.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know and love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine and has little to no hope that they can achieve and maintain sobriety, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. One call can change a life, so call us today!

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