It’s easier to stay dependent on substances when you believe that you deserve the consequences associated with it. You may not think much about yourself. Perhaps you did something that makes you believe that you deserve everything that is happening to you. Or perhaps you believe that you deserve the positive effects that the drug gives to you because life has been hard. However, your worth shouldn’t be based on your drug use. In order to recover from drug addiction, you need to recognize your self worth and improve your self esteem. Here are a few tips on how to achieve just that.
Reflect on Your Talents
Everyone is given some form of skill or talent. Yet not everyone is immediately aware of their skill or talent. It may be a case where your talent or skill hasn’t emerged yet because you haven’t been in a situation where it can emerge. Or perhaps you just haven’t been able to utilize it to its maximum potential yet.
Recognizing your talent or skill requires a lot of reflection. You may have to dive deep into your past to find a moment in which you utilized your skill or talent.
Perhaps your talent was helping someone out of a bad situation. You could use that to take part in other organizations designed to help others. There are variations of what kind of people they work with, too, so you can work toward your strengths. For example, perhaps you especially enjoy helping the youth. Then you could use your talent with an organization devoted to helping out youths in various things.
Maybe you’re a veteran. Helping your fellow veterans may be a talent that you have. You can invoke that sense of brotherhood and give them the kind of treatment and love that they deserve.
Or perhaps your skill or talent rests with the arts. There are plenty of ways that you can help others with your art. There are also plenty of ways to monetize art if you wish to make it a career.
Sometimes you can’t see or recognize your skills or talents on your own. In this case, you might want to engage your close friends and family members. It might even be worth it to speak to a therapist. With their help, you can discover the particular talent or skill that gives you a purpose in this world.
Improving Your Self Worth
Self-worth is defined as the importance you place on yourself. If you don’t feel that you’re important, then you are more likely to engage in destructive behavior. Self worth is often tied to self esteem. You can’t necessarily have one without the other. If you don’t have a lot of self-esteem, then you likely don’t have a lot of self-worth either.
The best way to improve your self-worth is to engage yourself in a community. Many humans label themselves based on their relations and the impact they make in certain circles. Start making an impact by recognizing your skills and talents and utilizing them for others.
How to Improve Your Self Esteem
In order to achieve a high level of self-worth, you need to work on your self. The best way to do that is to start thinking and speaking to yourself positively. It’s easy to say optimistic words like, “I am going to be a success.” However, if you don’t believe that your day was successful, you might believe that you’re to blame. This starts a cycle of self-abuse that could land you in square one.
Instead, you need to use positive phrases like, “I am going to preserve until I succeed.” In this way, you give yourself a reachable goal. If things don’t go well immediately, you won’t criticize yourself. You’ll keep at it and admire yourself on your progress along the way.
Who Can Help
Music City Intervention can offer you a safe place to recover and receive help. Through our caring and confidential approach, we can help those struggling with substance abuse find their purpose and self-worth. Together, we can help you put an end to your addiction and put you on the path toward success. Reach out to us.