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How to Build Confidence in Recovery - Momentum Recovery

How to Build Confidence in Recovery

How to Build Confidence in Recovery - Momentum Recovery

Low self-esteem and addiction are often intertwined. This is because your mental health depends upon multiple factors, including staying sober and living in a stable environment. Addiction has a disturbing way of chipping away at your self-confidence. Each time you suffer the consequences of having an addiction, you might feel a sense of guilt that causes you to question your worth to yourself and the world.

You might have even felt the stigma of having an addiction if you’ve tried to quit using drugs or alcohol on your own. If you live around other people who falsely believe that you can just pull yourself up by your bootstraps by sheer willpower alone, you’re likely dealing with tremendous pressure that crushes your self-worth.

Many people enter recovery with poor confidence and low self-esteem. The good news is that your ability to feel confident and proud of your abilities is ever-changing. You can restore your mental well-being by learning how to build confidence as you move through each stage of your recovery.

Why Is Building Self Confidence Important?

Having good self-esteem in recovery makes it possible to weather many everyday challenges that you encounter. Feeling good about yourself makes you want to improve your health, and you’ll find it easier to turn down offers to use drugs or alcohol when you respect your body. Self-respect and confidence also help you begin managing uncomfortable emotions as you work through making amends and improving your personal relationships.

A large part of your success in recovery depends upon you to counteract negative thought processes with positive thinking. Stepping into this process with a healthy mindset gives you an instant edge on recovering from setbacks that you face.

What Are the Signs of High Self-Esteem in Recovery?

Self-esteem and confidence are slightly different, and cultivating both of these traits is beneficial for your recovery. Self-esteem is all about how you feel about yourself. Self-confidence has more to do with how you feel about your skills and ability to handle certain situations. Someone with high self-esteem and confidence will exhibit some or all of the following qualities.

  • Having a generally positive demeanor
  • Being honest with yourself
  • Expressing yourself in safe and acceptable ways
  • Maintaining a rational outlook
  • Coping well with setbacks
  • Seeking out new challenges

What Should Everyone Know About How to Build Confidence?

If you struggle with low self-esteem and confidence, you’ll want to know that restoring these traits doesn’t happen overnight. Just like recovery is a process, so is reclaiming your self-esteem. You’ll occasionally experience some setbacks.

Your self-confidence might take a hit if you try and fail at a new challenge. You may feel your self-esteem take a dip if you’re struggling to find employment in recovery or get a bad grade on a college paper. The important thing is to remember that these feelings are temporary. Your goal is to aim to improve your overall sense of self-esteem as a whole. The more you work on this, the easier it will be to recover faster when something tries to chip away at your happiness.

What Can You Do Right Now to Increase Your Self-Esteem?

Building self-confidence takes work, but it’s also a lot of fun. While your confidence comes from within, you also have the opportunity to enjoy spending time with others who make you feel good as part of the process. Take a look at these ideas to see which ones you can add to your recovery plan.

1. Make a List of Your Best Attributes

It’s pretty standard for people to tear themselves apart when they face a challenge. Creating a list of your positive traits makes it harder to fall into negative thinking. Once you make a list of things you like about yourself, remember to read through it when you’re feeling down.

2. Learn How to Accept Compliments

Have you ever turned down a compliment by making a self-deprecating comment? If so, try to resist the urge to act like you’re no big deal. Simply say thank you. Then, take a moment to commit this moment to your memory. People don’t usually make a compliment unless they truly mean what they say.

3. Engage In a Physical Challenge

Taking care of your body sends signals to your brain that you are important. You can also use exercise to build confidence in your ability to meet a goal. Challenge yourself to learn how to surf or go kayaking. You can also make a plan to do yoga for a set number of days each week. Staying active in recovery is beneficial to your physical and mental well-being, and you’ll have fun watching your self-esteem rise.

As you build your self-esteem, try to remember that the process involves some highs and lows. When you feel amazing, try to soak up the moment. Then, remember to seek support during times that you feel low. Over time, you’ll notice these fluctuations evening out so that you enjoy more good times than rough ones. Focusing on building a positive social support network and continuing to expand your skills and hobbies gives you many opportunities to build confidence that gives you strength when you face a new challenge. 

About Momentum Recovery        

At Momentum Recovery, we treat a variety of addictions and issues that young men struggle with. We understand that treatment is just the first step and are committed to offering you the support you need in recovery to get where you want to go.