Self-centeredness versus self-care in addiction recovery can be summed up like this:
- Self-centeredness is when one is so preoccupied with themselves and their drug of choice they disregard the feelings and needs of others.
- Self-care in addiction recovery is about acknowledging our past, accepting it, making amends, and being the best person we can be. It’s only through awareness that we can really begin to love ourselves and heal through recovery.
For a lot of us, it can feel uncomfortable as we practice self-care in addiction recovery. We’ve spend so much time abusing our bodies, negatively talking to ourselves, and hanging out with guilt and shame that we don’t believe we deserve love from anyone, let alone ourselves. This tends to blur the lines between self-centeredness versus self-care in addiction recovery. By practicing self-care one day at a time, we can change our belief system around what it means to love ourselves.
Here are some examples of self-care in addiction recovery:
Exercise, get enough sleep, and eat healthy: No doubt how we feel physically is related to how we feel emotionally and spiritually. There is a direct relation between addiction and health. Take little healthy steps each day.
Nap, relax, pray and meditate: Yes, you deserve it. Take the time to be quiet and to listen. It’s in these quiet times that self love can shine.
Meetings, meetings and more meetings! Love yourself enough to get to a meeting. This is self-care in its truest form.
Find a creative outlet: Dance. Paint. Color. Sing. Basket weave! We’re all creative in some way or another. Find what you like to do and do it up!
Laugh and let go of things that are not in your control: Remember not to take things so seriously and let God handle what you can’t.
Read, write and rejuvenate: Pen to paper and reading stories of hope can always rejuvenate our souls.
By taking little steps each day, we can begin understand the importance of self-care in addiction recovery. Our recovery depends on it and we’re worth it!
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