We’ve all experienced insecurity. It can be associated with any number of things… starting a new job, meeting someone who intimidates you, moving to a new city. It’s never pleasant, but it’s typically a short-term thing. However, for some people, insecurity progresses from being an occasional occurrence to a persistent pattern and ultimately to a deeply ingrained personality trait. At our Sacramento addiction rehab, we caution the people we work with about how damaging insecurity can be if it’s not addressed.
The Slippery Slope of Self-Doubt
A lack of self-confidence can do more than just make you unhappy. If left unchecked, it can cause a series of changes in your outlook on life that can lead to drug and alcohol abuse and even addiction. Here’s how it works:
- Insecurity destroys your belief in your abilities. As you begin to struggle with self-doubt, it’s easy to convince yourself that you no longer have (or perhaps never had) what you need to succeed in life. Consequently, you come to believe that your efforts in some or all areas of life are doomed to failure. That belief saps your strength and you find yourself not putting forth much effort toward achieving your goals. As a result, you rarely meet your objectives or feel any sense of accomplishment. Your self-doubt has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
- Insecurity destroys your feelings of self-worth. When you start to accumulate a list of what you consider failures, you lose your sense of self-esteem. Now you don’t just think you’re lacking in focus or determination, you begin to think you have no self-worth. Often this leads to looking to others for some sign that you do have value, and that is a very unhealthy way to live.
- Insecurity changes who you are. Ultimately, insecurity robs you of your identity. You’re no longer the grounded person you used to be. Instead, you’re constantly at the mercy of the forces around you. You spend a great deal of time and effort trying to please others, but that’s typically a losing battle.
At any of these stages, you are at a greater risk of getting involved in substance abuse. But certainly after you’ve made it to the third stage, you have very little strength left to fight off an addiction or recover from one that has taken root.
Getting the Real You Back
At our center for addiction recovery in Sacramento, our counselors are skilled at getting to know the real you and helping put that person back in control of your life. You have every reason to be a strong, confident individual and we can help you get there. From that position of strength, it’s much easier to face and beat an addiction. Learn more about our programs today. Give us a call.