Addiction often leads to feelings of mistrust and disappointment, putting a big strain on your relationships in life – including your relationship with yourself. An essential part of recovery, then, is making an effort to regain trust in yourself and others. After all, trust is at the heart of every significant relationship.
How can self-trust help your recovery? Re-establishing self-trust will allow you to …
- Become your own best friend.
- Make (and keep) promises and commitments to yourself.
- Be kind and forgiving to yourself.
- Heed your needs and wellbeing.
- Belief in yourself to endure unexpected circumstances.
- Refuse to give up on yourself.
- Follow your personal principals and moral and ethical codes.
- Trust your ability to survive mistakes.
- Know when you need to care for yourself first.
- Have compassion when you make a mistake.
Tips to Build Self-Trust
Regaining trust is a process of self-discovery or rediscovery and it will take some time. There are many ways to learn how to trust yourself again – here are a few ideas to get you started. Check out the list and build upon whatever works for you.
- Start fresh. Your first day of recovery is the first day of your new relationship with you. Don’t dwell on the past but focus on how you can move forward toward trust.
- Make being reliable a habit. Addiction can make you undisciplined and unpredictable, which can make it hard to trust yourself. Make an effort to be on time, stick with daily goals and show up to places when you say you will.
- Celebrate small wins. Recovery is made up of many personal milestones, and acknowledging your hard work and victories can help you to rebuild confidence and self-trust.
- Set, list and prioritize goals. Self-trust often results from self-accomplishment of goals and belief in your own abilities to do what you need to do in recovery.
- Learn from mistakes. Be patient with yourself and the recovery process. If you do slip-up, learn from it, get back on track and trust yourself to persevere.
Trusting Us to Help With Your Lasting Recovery
Participating in a recovery program is the best way to begin building self-trust. To learn more about our full continuum of addiction treatment services, call today: (866) 247-3307.