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Self-Esteem Issues

Self-Esteem Treatment at Promises

Sometimes self-esteem issues are so severe they greatly interfere with people’s quality of life. Low self-esteem accompanies many of the conditions we treat at Promises such as addictions, mental health disorders and intimacy disorders. Low self-esteem can contribute to the onset of these problems. Self-esteem issues can also be exacerbated by interpersonal difficulties from substance use and mental illness. We can help you break this viscous cycle. Our treatment team helps you learn to value your authentic self and live a healthy lifestyle without drugs, alcohol and other coping mechanisms. Call us to learn more: 844-876-5568

How Inpatient Treatment Helps Self-Esteem Issues

We help you address low self-esteem and other underlying issues in a safe, accepting space. Our treatment centers are welcoming and home-like. You’ll enjoy ample comforts and recover alongside peers with similar struggles. Our mental health specialists build a treatment plan that considers your individual needs and preferences.

Your treatment plan may include:

Individual Therapy

Experiences of low self-esteem often have roots in childhood. Individual therapy helps you begin healing from these situations. Acknowledging and honoring this emotional pain can go a long way in loosening the hold difficult experiences have on you. Our counselors use approaches effective in treating low self-esteem. For instance, therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy teach  you to recognize negative self-talk and unhelpful thinking, then replace them with more realistic and affirmative thoughts. You’ll address the range of issues that can contribute to substance abuse and mental health issues.

Group Therapy

At first, people with low self-esteem may be intimidated by group therapy, but often find it to be a transformative experience. Group therapy provides a safe space to practice open and honest sharing. A group of peers with similar struggles foster powerful connections. Benefits of group therapy can increase your self-esteem by helping you:

  • Learn to be assertive
  • Improve social skills
  • Identify unhelpful thinking
  • Process negative self-talk
  • Practice speaking up
  • Develop confidence through reciprocative sharing with peers

Family Therapy

Early relationships with friends and family can have a long-lasting impact on self-esteem. Family therapy can help you build self-esteem by addressing relationship challenges you’ve had trouble discussing. It often feels safer to confront uncomfortable issues with the guidance of a trained mental health professional. Family therapy helps loved ones heal past wounds and learn to communicate and support each other better.

Medical Detox

People with low self-esteem may struggle with drug and and alcohol abuse. Substance abuse is sometimes a way of coping with uncomfortable feelings. People with low self-esteem may also abuse alcohol and drugs to feel more confident in social situations. The first step in treatment may be detox if you have substance abuse issues. Detox is safe and as comfortable as possible with 24/7 medical staff. We regularly monitor your vital signs and ease any withdrawal symptoms with medications and alternative approaches.

Psychiatric Care

Low self-esteem is a common problem for people with mental health conditions like personality disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. In addition to behavioral therapy, you’ll meet with our psychiatric team to determine if medication can support your mental well-being. We’ll meet with you as needed to assess improvement of symptoms and side effects.

Alternative Approaches

In addition to traditional types of therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy, we offer alternative approaches. These activities can help you feel better about yourself by addressing physical, spiritual and mental well-being. Alternative approaches at our treatment centers may include:

  • Mindfulness training
  • Music and art therapy
  • Fitness
  • Equine therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Psychodrama
  • Native American healing traditions

Aftercare Planning

You’ll learn how to better care of yourself in treatment. An aftercare plan will help you continue to improve your self-esteem, manage mental health disorders and prevent substance abuse relapse once you leave. Continuing care planning may include components like:

  • Outpatient treatment for substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders
  • Appointments with therapists and psychiatrists
  • Sober-living residences
  • Support groups like Co-Dependents Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
  • Promises alumni groups and events

About Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a core piece of an individual’s identity. It’s essential to the ability to experience joy. Self-esteem comes from the inside out. Outside influences such as relationships, culture or media can have the ability to assault and stunt it, resulting in low self-esteem.

Healthy self-esteem, on the other hand, means that you’re not dependent upon anyone else to feel good. You already know you’re valuable and worthy. A person with healthy self-esteem is aware of and confident in their strengths, talents, and abilities and is eager to share them with others. They also recognize areas where they may need to apply more time and effort in order to grow.

Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem

The way a self-esteem issue impacts a person varies by the individual. For example, on the outside, a person may appear to be happy and have their life together, while on the inside they’re miserable and constantly afraid of failing.

Common signs of a low self-esteem issue include:

  • Perfectionism
  • Procrastination
  • Ignoring other people’s opinions
  • Breaking rules
  • Blaming others
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Routinely following the lead of other people
  • Lack of assertiveness
  • Underachievement
  • Isolation
  • Deterioration in physical and/or mental health
  • Self-harm
  • Substance abuse
  • Thoughts of suicide

Causes of Low Self-Esteem

There’s usually not one specific incident or situation that causes low-self esteem. The way people view the world is determined early, usually by the age of 5. How people look at the world and their place in it, whether they view it as a safe or dangerous place, and whether they think in positive or negative terms, is firmly in place by then.

Some contributors to low self-esteem may include:

  • Relationships with parents and peers – Parents are the primary shapers of young minds. They often unconsciously pass on their own limitations to their children. But peers also have an important role to play. Everything that happens later in life serves to reinforce what people internalize at a young age.
  • Authority figures – Some people with low self-esteem were mistreated by authority figures at an early age.
  • Early experiences of low self-esteem – Youth who experienced criticism, were ignored or physically or verbally abused, or who failed to achieve much success in school or in areas such as sports often show signs of a self-esteem issue.
  • Media – How the media plays up ideal representations of women can interfere with a growing girl’s development of self-esteem. Teenage girls are often highly focused on their physical appearance and sexual attractiveness, considering how they look and appear to others to be a sign of their self-worth.

Common Self-Esteem Treatments

People with low self-esteem should participate in treatment and therapy that promotes healing and personal growth. Building self-esteem may involve:

  • Resolving conflicts around careers, friends and family
  • Setting boundaries with family members
  • Self-care
  • Healing from loss and past trauma
  • Letting go of the need for perfection and approval
  • Accepting love from others
  • Exploring personal spirituality
  • Journaling
  • Positive affirmations
  • Mindfulness
  • Certain types of therapy like:
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Acceptance and commitment therapy
    • Relaxation therapy

Trying new things may also help people with low self-esteem move beyond their narrow and self-limiting sense of self. It can help increase their level of confidence and willingness to explore new things, to embrace life and all its possibilities.

Live the Life You’ve Always Wanted

Change your life with treatment that works. Our substance abuse, mental health and self-esteem treatment is evidence-based and engaging. You’ll take part in individual therapy, group therapy and experiential approaches that heal mind, body and spirit. Trusting, supportive relationships with  therapists and peers help you build self-esteem in yourself, your  ability to get well and your value as a person.

Emerge from our treatment centers with improved self-esteem and a healthier lifestyle. Call our recovery advisors today to start your journey: 844-876-5568

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