Even with the best of intentions for recovery, there are times when recovering addicts get trapped by the patterns of self-sabotage that show up. Yes, the person has a choice regarding the decisions that are made each day. But, it is important to understand that addiction is a disease, making it a challenge to stay on-track and avoid the self-sabotaging behavior.
There are a few common trends that might increase the risk of self-sabotage. Addressing these root causes could have a positive impact on long-term recovery:
- Low Self Worth: When a person feels bad about himself, then this inner perception can drive outward behaviors. It is important to focus on tasks that help yourself overcome the self-defeating thoughts that lead back to using again. Self-care routines are essential to building the foundation that is needed for self-confidence.
- Poor Relationships: Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can maintain the same relationships that you had when you were using. If your friends are caught in the world of addictive behavior, then it is harder for you to maintain sobriety. Self-sabotage can happen if you choose to spend time with people who don’t support your addiction recovery goals.
- Emotional Management: Whether you are holding onto anger, frustration, or resentment, these emotions can push you back to a place where you want to escape reality with another high. Sometimes, these emotions are targeted at family members. But, some addicts struggle with these emotions that are targeted at themselves. Work with a therapist to find the right tools that will help you process the emotions so that you can maintain a positive mindset.
Minimizing the effects of self-sabotage can help you build the foundation that is needed to live a long, healthy life. If you have any thoughts or habits that are sabotaging your results, then you need to tap into the resources that are available from an experienced addiction recovery team.
At The Center for Life Change, we are working hard to provide the resources that are needed to help you overcome the common trends and habits that drive addiction. If you need support to change your life, then we invite you to contact us for more information about the services that are available: (951) 775-4000