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.
Going back to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, in this article we will be looking further into what it means to fulfill your love and belongingness needs.
Remember Maslow? He’s the psychologist that said that we need to build on our basic levels of need before we can really reach self actualization, or the full extent of our potential.
How to meet your basic love and belongingness needs:
Your needs to feel loved and like you belong are vital to your wellbeing. After your physical and security needs have been met, you need to also tend to your psychological and social needs.
How can you tend to these needs?
A good place to start is by getting therapy. Learning to understand the way you currently relate to others is the first step to making sure you have healthy boundaries and the proper tools to advocate for yourself in relationships.
Make sure your friends are your kind of people. Pay attention to who you spend your time around. Make sure the people you spend your energy cultivating relationships with are the sort of people that want to walk with you through both the hard parts of life and the easy times. It helps to make sure you feel safe with them and like you can trust them, but it is also important to share a passion, cause, or basic belief structure with them.
In the next part of this series we will break down tending to your esteem needs so you have the foundation to move on toward understanding your self actualization needs.
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