Addiction and Recovery: Forgiving Yourself

As a drug or alcohol addict in recovery, you have already overcome so much. You have fought through some of the worst emotional and physical pain of your life and you are on the road to sobriety. Along that road, you may have to face many things, but one of the most difficult can be forgiving yourself. These steps can help you get there.


Combat Negative Self-Talk

When you are finally clean and sober, you may start to realize the damage that has happened to relationships, in jobs, and even with your physical property. It is easy to begin berating yourself when you are plagued with guilt, but you must learn to control your negative self-talk. You do this by combatting it with positive self-talk. You remind yourself of how far you’ve come. Even if you’ve only jut started your journey to sobriety, you are trying. That does count.



To learn to forgive yourself, you must learn to reflect on your past, present, and future. You can achieve this through meditation, which helps you clear your mind so that you can focus. Whether you simply sit in a quiet room for ten minutes a day and focus on breathing and clearing your mind or you go through some kind of guided process, meditation is a healthy path to self-forgiveness.


Surround Yourself with Supportive People

One of the best ways to overcome negative self-talk and forgive yourself is to spend time around people who care about you, lift you up, and support you. These may be people you met through rehab or family and friends who supported you during your deepest moments of struggle. See yourself through their eyes and recognize the good they see in you.


Stay Involved with Your Rehab Program

Wasatch Crest alumni programs includes regular meetings and outdoor adventure activities with other alumni of the program. After any inpatient rehab experience, it’s important to find meetings and a community to connect with and lean on when in need – and everyone has a time of need after treatment! Aftercare is a crucial part of recovery and remains a part of your life indefinitely. No matter what you need rehab for you can feel confident in knowing when we help with your addiction treatment, you will be treated with kindness, compassion, and care during your stay.

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