Taking Care of Your Basic Needs: How to Love Yourself Actively While in the Midst of Addiction Part 6

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.

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Going back to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, in this article we will be looking further into what it means to fulfill your esteem 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 self actualization needs:

Your self actualization is vital to your wellbeing. After your physical, security, belongingness and love, and esteem needs have been met, you need to also tend to your self realization needs.

This is the dream, folks. Getting past all those other need hoops to get to a place that you can spend your time focusing on making you the best you you can be. It’s the fun part where you get to focus on which part of your life you want to spend time bettering and refining. You can think about going back to school or switching careers. Maybe you want to volunteer or get really good at a video game. Throughout meeting your other needs, it likely has become apparent the kind of person whom you would like to be. It goes to show you that when you take consistent and loving care of someone (yourself in this case) you get to know them better than you thought possible. Success here means just becoming the most you that you can be.

Self actualization sounds like a kind of contentment that Buddhism may offer, but really, it is just knowing who you want to be, and working hard to be that person.


Making sure your basic needs are met is an incredible way to start on the journey to a sober life.

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