Taking Care of Your Basic Needs: How to Love Yourself Actively While in the Midst of Addiction Part 1

One of the most challenging aspects of recovering from alcohol and drug addiction is helping rebuild your confidence, which may have crumbled a bit, and the first step to building confidence is the most important thing you can learn, which is how to love yourself. This blog series will explore the tangible ways you can show yourself some love.

Giving yourself this kind of intentional attention and care can help you stay on your road to recovery and help you stay focused on a sober life. There is no better source of inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and hope than that which you find in yourself as you learn to love yourself again, or even for the first time.

(kitty pictures are definitely a basic need)

Take Care of your Basic Needs

Have you ever heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Well, here’s a crash course. Just consider it a quick and dirty Psych 101. Maslow was a psychologist who talked about human motivation. He created a pyramid, a hierarchy to explain the levels of need priorities. His theory was that you couldn’t move up the pyramid if the needs of the level below weren’t fulfilled. This may seem obvious to you. But honestly, as a population we don’t allow ourselves this very logical truth. If you don’t have your basic needs met, you cannot build on them. They are your foundation and without these needs met, you will have nowhere to build the infrastructure of your sober life.


The Hierarchy looks like this, beginning with your most basic needs, and moving up through the different levels of need:

  • Physiological Needs: food, water, warmth, rest
  • Safety Needs: security, safety
  • Belongingness and Love Needs: intimate relationships, friends
  • Esteem Needs: prestige and feelings of accomplishment
  • Self-actualization Needs: achieving one’s full potential, including creative activities and endeavors.

In the next part of this series we will break down tending to your Physiological Needs so you have the foundation to move on toward feeling safe.

Read Part 2 Here

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