“You’ll never be able to beat this addiction.” “You’ll be addicted forever.” “You might as well give up.” Those voices in your head that try to convince you that you can’t recover from your addiction are absolutely wrong, but they can be very convincing. And, as we tell people at our Sacramento rehab, if you don’t take steps to get rid of them, they can leave you feeling helpless, hopeless, and defeated.
Say Goodbye to Self-Doubt
Here are some things you can do to give your internal naysayers the boot:
- Hit the brakes hard. When negative thoughts come up, don’t let them develop any momentum. As soon as you hear them, say “Stop!” (Out loud, if you have to!)
- Talk with someone. Don’t suffer in silence. When you feel yourself starting to surrender to your doubts, tell a loved one. They’ll quickly remind you that this fight is far from over and you will not be beaten!
- Keep a journal. It’s not so easy for self-doubt to convince you that you’re failing when you are maintaining a list of your successes. From the biggest to the smallest, they all count.
- Remind yourself regularly that life’s a journey. It’s great to keep your goal of being clean and sober in sight, but remember that the path you’re taking to get there will be full of twists and turns. That doesn’t mean that it’s the wrong path.
- Draw inspiration from others. From TV shows to movies to books, there is a virtually endless supply of encouraging stories you can find to help raise your spirits. If that person succeeded, so can you!
- Review your past. Yes, you’ve made mistakes, but you’re still here. At no point when you thought, “This is it. I’m done.” were you right. You found a way to make it through, and you will again and again until you’ve achieved recovery.
- Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up about what you’ve done and the position you’ve put yourself in isn’t healthy or helpful. What you need is to say to yourself, “You’re making progress. Keep it up. I believe in you.”
You Can Do This!
Don’t let self-doubt sink your chances of a better, happier life. You can do this, and we can help. Our programs are designed to give you the support and the confidence you need to beat your addiction. To learn more about our Sacramento rehab, contact us today.