The Importance of Liking Yourself

The Importance of Liking YourselfPsychologists and other mental health professionals use the term “self-fulfilling prophecy” to describe a pattern of behavior among people who do not think highly of themselves. Here’s how it works: a person struggles with addiction and feels loathing for himself as a result. He believes that he can never succeed in overcoming addiction because he is such a horrible person. He will tell himself that he is worthless, incompetent, and stuck in his addiction. As a result, he gives up on his addiction recovery efforts. In doing so, fulfills his vision (prophecy) of himself as being unable to deal with his addiction successfully. This is just one example of why a positive self-image is so critical in achieving and maintaining sobriety. Without a sense of worth and value, a person will continue to spiral downward in the cycle of addiction and self-criticism. You take drugs like Lortab to feel better about yourself for a while, only to feel intense guilt and shame at taking drugs. To alleviate the shame and disapproval, you take more drugs. Downward the cycle continues.

Fostering a Positive Self-Image

In order for a person to work through addiction issues, he must also work through underlying self-image problems. He must find a way to foster a positive self-perception rather than feeding a negative self-image. While self-image is fluid, constantly changing with successes and failures, along with personal insight and the opinions of others, you can develop a solid core of self-worth.

Ways to foster a positive self-image include:

  • Create a list of your positive qualities. Keep it close so you can refer to it when you get discouraged.
  • Ask a trusted friend to describe your positive qualities. Seeing others’ perspectives can give you a better perspective of yourself.
  • Confront and discard distortions in your thinking. Avoid phrases like, “I’m always” and “I’ll never” and replace distorted ideas with the truth. For example, you could change “I’ll never be able to live without drugs” to “I can live a sober life, even if it gets difficult.”
  • Develop the strengths you have. Take a class or two. Continue to learn. Feeling successful in one area will help boost success in another arena.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Most often, you will compare your weaknesses with others’ strengths. Remember, you are not perfect—and neither is anyone else.
  • Allow yourself to make mistakes. Telling yourself horrible things when you make a mistake will not be the key to future success. It will only ensure future failure.

Keep in mind that liking yourself is an ongoing process, and you will have ups and downs. Over time, though, you can create a positive sense of self that will propel you to success in addiction recovery.

Getting Help for Your Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to like Lortab, we can help. You can call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators about your history and the nature of addiction. Together, you can decide the best treatment options for your situation. Your life is too important to stay in the downward cycle of addiction, so call us today to start on the road to recovery.