Building self-esteem in addiction recovery
Attending an inpatient addiction treatment program like the one at Seasons Luxury Rehab in Bali is a start to living life free from the bondage of drugs and alcohol. However, to stay clean and sober it is essential to keep developing the tools that you have learned in inpatient rehab. Life skills, therapy, how to establish meaningful connections to others, mindfulness and developing a sense of self and self-worth are all essential parts of the tapestry involved in successful sobriety. Likewise, these elements of addiction recovery are also essential parts of relapse prevention.
Ongoing counselling and therapy
During treatment at Seasons Bali you will have received individual counselling sessions which will blend together different evidence based therapies. These include but are not limited to CBT, mindfulness and motivational interviewing with our counsellors tailoring their approach to the individual concerned. Moreover, after you leave treatment it is an essential part of your ongoing addiction recovery is stay engaged in therapy. This is one of the ways you can prevent relapse and find support
Stay connected to peer support
The ongoing support of people who have been though similar things to you and who are also establishing their lives in recovery is essential. Establishing these connections keeps bringing you out of the isolation of addition and also gives you a safe place to practice these new skills with people who really understand what you are going through.
Daily readings and meditation
Every morning in rehab you will begin your day with some sort of exercise, spiritual reading and a mediation. This really helps to bring the things of importance into focus. When you leave rehab it’s important to keep up this practice of connecting with yourself and your day.
The importance of building self-esteem in recovery
Addiction and the things people do to protect and feed their desires destroys self-esteem and work, be it paid or voluntary, is one of the best ways antidotes to this. Building self-worth and confidence is another essential element of a fruitful ongoing recovery practise. Futhermore, volunteering is a great way to kick this off without the pressure of paid work.
Again, as in pretty much every area of recovery, the secret to success is in the action. Incorporating some sort of voluntary work into your ongoing recovery plan is a great way to be accountable and to develop self-esteem. Just doing something good for someone less fortunate potentially helps foster gratitude too, another essential principle of recovery.
Developing a sense of self in recovery
There are multitudes of opportunities too, for example, befriend the elderly, work with children or help out in a charity shop. Just google volunteering in your area to find organisations that can help put you in touch with the right people. Trawling the internet can also be a great way to look for inspiration about the sort of areas you might be interested in.
One advantage to starting over, although this is admittedly an overwhelming task, is the fact that you get to experiment with what makes you happy Early recovery, is a great time to try out new things, experiment with what want in your life and find out about what you are good at.
For addicts who have never worked or have not worked for an extended time this is a brilliant way to start to develop new skills or sharpen up old ones. This experience can be invaluable to include in your CV to show to prospective bosses when the time is right to look for paid employment.
Establishing new connections
Having spent an extended time in isolation followed by inpatient rehab, returning to the ‘real world’ can be fraught with understandable anxiety.
Volunteering offers a relaxed way to start taking on these fears and to try-out a structure of routine and responsibility without the added pressure of paid work. By volunteering you will meet new people and create a fresh, positive social network thus stepping further away from the people places and things from the bad old days.
Things to be aware of…
Addicts and alcoholics, especially in early recovery, have a tendency to swing from one extreme to the other and often because they are feeling so amazing can overcommit to things. Don’t work 100 volunteer jobs at the expense of other area of your life! It is just another part of the schedule for your ongoing recovery and relapse prevention.
Many, having benefitted from their treatment education, see an obvious path into helping others who have suffered from the same problems as themselves. This is certainly informed by noble sentiments but working with addicts must be approached with a certain amount of caution. It is advantageous for some characters to stay away from the worlds they have just retired from. On the other hand, with the right direction and support, helping others in this way can be tremendously rewarding.
Volunteering in whatever sector you chose provides an opportunity to discover new passions or rediscover dormant ones. It can be an amazing way to work on your recovery skills, help others and generally enrich the tapestry of your new life.
Establishing a good addiction recovery practice is all about incorporating the things that you have learnt in treatment: engage in ongoing therapy, have a morning routine, take part in peer support and find ways to build self-worth and self-esteem
If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and want some help to start on the path to recovery, call our expert team at Seasons Luxury Rehab today.