Sometimes it can be hard to see all of the things that you have achieved. The saying “we are our own worst critic” is valid for a lot of people. You might need an outside perspective to get a clear understanding of how much you have genuinely survived and accomplished in your life. Therapy can be an excellent tool for building up self-esteem and boosting confidence—strengthening your motivation to remain sober.
Learning to embrace your inner strength after years of self-doubt and guilt can be challenging, which is why there are specific psychotherapy methods explicitly designed to encourage a positive mindset. One option that researchers have found helpful for teenagers and adults struggling with addiction is strength-based therapy.
Many therapies focus on negative thought patterns or behaviors and how you can transform them to improve your well-being. Strength-based therapy goes with an entirely different approach. Instead of analyzing negative aspects of your beliefs or actions, a therapist will help you identify your inner strength and resilience. A few benefits of focusing on positivity include those listed below.
During a session of strength-based therapy, the focus will be on your goals, personal interests, strengths, skills, hopes, knowledge, and ambitions. Your therapist will guide you through accepting the role you have played in your successes and recovery. Then they will create positive messages to address various aspects of your behaviors, thoughts, and feelings.
A 2013 study by Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran “showed a significant association between […] self-esteem test results and smoking, and illegal drug abuse like heroin, pills, alcohol, Nas, and other substances.” The researchers recommended increasing self-esteem to decrease the risk of addiction in teenagers and adults. There is evidence that low self-esteem can increase anxiety, stress, depression, social isolation, and worsen certain physical and mental health conditions. Overall, “self-esteem has been demonstrated to predict health and well-being.”
Here are a few of the known benefits of strength-based therapy in treating substance disorders.
Psychotherapy involves many constructive conversations between you and your therapist or peers (if you are in a group therapy session). Strength-based therapy is no different. You will share your experiences and life goals. Sometimes it can be hard or even emotionally painful to accept praise, so your therapist may ease you into recognizing your self-worth. You will learn how to identify positive areas in your life and why they work so well. You can then translate that into other sectors of your life that might need some readjustment.
Strength-based therapy is about finding ways to empower yourself and build positivity in your life. The primary principles of this treatment that can aid in your recovery are listed below:
Practice will be essential when it comes to learning how to think more constructively. You can work on some of the exercises you will learn for everyday situations. You might find that it helps you feel more comfortable looking at yourself as someone who is valued and influential.