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Self-esteem therapy in addiction recovery is a vital component that focuses on enhancing individuals' self-worth and confidence during their journey to sobriety.
self esteem and mental health

San Diego Self-Esteem And Substance Abuse Counseling

What is self-esteem? Basically, it’s how you feel about yourself. Are you confident in your abilities? Are you comfortable with where you are in life? Do you value yourself as a person and believe others value you as well?

Someone with high self-esteem can answer yes to all those questions. They are well-aware of their strengths. They are confident in the things they do well, and while they recognize their flaws, they don’t obsess over their weaknesses. 

Someone with low self-esteem, on the other hand, doesn’t have faith in their abilities and may not recognize their strengths at all. They constantly think about their perceived weaknesses and often believe that others don’t value their abilities, either.

Other signs and symptoms of low self-esteem include:

  • Letting negative thoughts drive your behavior
  • Believing you don’t matter to the people around you
  • Withdrawal from social settings
  • Low expectations from your life
  • Lack of trust on other people
  • Inability to accept negative feedback
  • Anxiety and emotional turmoil
  • Eating disorders
  • Feelings of self-consciousness
  • Self-neglect
  • Lack of social skills
  • Overly concerned about that other people think of you

Some people may begin to develop self-esteem issues as children, and these can carry over into adulthood. There are many possible causes of low self-esteem, such as bullying, unsupportive parents, teachers and other authority figures; past trauma, such as neglect or child abuse; or an obsession with weight, body image and physical appearance.

But low self-esteem can also develop from any disappointing or distressing situation. Experiences such as losing a job or going through a breakup in valued personal relationship can negatively impact a person’s self-image. Some people are able to see such problems as a normal part of life, but others blame themselves and find it hard to get over the setbacks.

Personal relationships are very important to a healthy level of self-esteem. If your relationships are strong and you receive encouragement and positive feedback, you see yourself as a valuable person and your self-esteem increases. If you receive a lot of negative feedback and criticism, you’re more likely to have a lower opinion of yourself and your self-esteem decreases.

We’ve Helped Thousands of Individuals Overcome Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one are ready to overcome drug or alcohol abuse, our addiction specialists are here to guide you through every step. Many of our dedicated staff members are in long-term recovery themselves and understand firsthand the challenges of the recovery journey. This personal experience, combined with our professional expertise, allows us to offer compassionate, effective support tailored to your unique needs.

Self-Esteem And Addiction Recovery

It’s common for people with low self-esteem to struggle with substance abuse. Whether it’s an attempt to dull their pain, fit in with peers or cope with feelings of inadequacy, they seek out ways to try to feel better about themselves and often turn to drugs or alcohol for a temporary escape from their negative emotions. As this pattern continues, however, the negative effects of abusing drugs and alcohol can add to a person’s sense of failure and loss of control, driving their self-esteem even lower. 

Your ability to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol can benefit greatly by improving your self-esteem. Our programs at Right Path Rehab include therapies and activities that help you discover new interests, meet new people and develop new life skills that will help you feel better about yourself and your abilities. All of this can play a significant role in your recovery from substance abuse as well as co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Recovery Starts at Our Drug and Alcohol Rehab by Requesting a Call

Our drug addiction and mental health treatment center proudly offers only the highest standard of care in addiction medicine and behavioral health, underpinned by our state-of-the-art facilities and a team of esteemed alcohol and drug treatment professionals. To get started, give us a call or request a call from an addiction specialist who can offer support and guidance for you or a loved one.

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Alexis Ecoff MA, LMFT, MCAP
As the Clinical Director for Right Path Recovery in San Diego, Alexis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of counseling and therapy. She has a strong academic background with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Alexis is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy in California, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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