Substance Abuse and Negative Self- Image
Research has made some very important discoveries linking substance abuse and negative self-image. Whether the negative views began during childhood from bullying or came later in life from some type of physical or emotional abuse; many turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope.
One study determined that individuals who struggled with low self-image or low self-esteem were more likely to experience stress, anxiety and depression, all of which can lead to alcohol and drug abuse as a means to find relief. Emotional distress that stems from pressure at school or work or from a relationship that has taken a turn for the worse can seem not so bad through substance use. However, after the effects of drugs and alcohol have worn off, the stress returns and the individual usually feels a greater sense of depression, which has a rebound effect and leads them back to drugs and alcohol.
Learning to Cope with Drugs and Alcohol
For many in drug and alcohol detox treatment, addressing the source of their negative self-image is a step toward overcoming substance abuse. Learning to cope with negative self-image, emotional stress and low self-esteem – in a way that does not include drugs and alcohol – is important to overcoming the self-destructive behavior that prevents individuals from moving forward.
Avoid the Negative, Embrace the Positive
One way to correct self-image is to avoid the negative and to embrace the positive. Constantly comparing yourself to others is not fair to all that you have within you. When negative thoughts creep in, push them out of your mind. You will be surprised what 20 minutes of fresh air and positive energy will do for self-esteem and confidence. When you are faced with a negative situation or thought, think optimistically about it and look for the good in the situation.
Be a Volunteer
One of the best ways to work on building a positive self-image is to volunteer and give back to the community! It is a proven fact that lending your time to a worthy cause, such as in a soup kitchen, food bank, or at a hospital will make you appreciate life more.
Talk to Someone
Whether it is a substance abuse counselor, a member of the clergy, or a dear friend; having someone to talk to when you are feeling especially stressed or down can help lighten the load. Be honest about what you are feeling and don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Are you struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction and need help? Gallus Detox Center works with most insurance providers. Call us today for a confidential consultation. 855-338-6929