Low Self-esteem Related to Drinking
As alcoholism works as a depressant, many different emotions can develop surrounding the effects of continued alcohol abuse. These emotions can include anxiety, depression, emotional stress and low self-esteem. Battling an addiction can already be a massive mountain to climb, but handling the low self-esteem that can be magnified by it can only make the situation more complex.
Feelings Associated with Low Self-esteem
People who suffer from low self-esteem may suffer any of the following problems:
- Alcohol use will magnify any feelings that a user may experience, including not feeling up to par with friends, family, co-workers and other peers. These feelings can quickly become invested in a person and force the user to look at the different aspects of her life, bringing up any past, present or future issues with her low self-esteem.
- Many alcoholics tread around the question, “What’s wrong with me?” They are chartering dangerous territory, as many of them have created things about themselves that are false. For instance, they might feel that they cannot make friends, or that they do no fit in well at social gatherings or have trouble at relationships. Many times there are underlying problems in these areas, but are not being caused by the users themselves, but rather by the effects that alcohol is having on them.
In these ways those with a low self-esteem may struggle dangerously with alcohol.
How Rehab Can Help Low Self-esteem Related to Drinking
If you have a low self-esteem and alcoholism, rehab can help you with the following methods:
- Traditional one-on-one therapy can go a long way in terms of digging up the root cause of what makes the user feel inadequate. It can allow users to voice their feelings in a safe place where they can receive the appropriate skills needed to combat these emotions. Group therapy can also be highly effective, as it can teach social skills designed to make users feel more confident in a social setting.
- Many alcohol users find that adventure therapy can be greatly beneficial to their self-esteem. In adventure therapy, most of the therapy is administered through activities like rock climbing, zip lining, rafting and more. Through these activities where courage, confidence and teamwork are encouraged, users can develop a stronger sense of self as they begins to rebuild their self-esteem through these activities.
It is important to remember that drinking alcohol is going to make a user feel depressed or anxious, and will most likely make them feel inadequate in one way or another. This is all normal, as the substance entering the body enhances these feelings and always will. The most effective way to rebuild self-confidence is to find a treatment center specifically focused on rebuilding self-esteem after substance abuse. Doing so can provide excellent results in an alcohol user.
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