Overcoming self-doubt

Overcoming Self-Doubt and Building Self-Esteem in Substance Abuse Recovery

Substance abuse can cause significant damage to an individual’s physical and mental health. It can lead to a loss of self-confidence and self-esteem, resulting in self-doubt and low self-worth. Overcoming self-doubt and building self-esteem is an essential part of substance abuse recovery. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and strategies to help individuals overcome self-doubt and build self-esteem during substance abuse recovery.

Understanding Self-Doubt and Low Self-Esteem

Self-doubt is a feeling of uncertainty or lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. It can be caused by past experiences or negative thoughts about oneself. Low self-esteem is a deep-seated belief that one is not worthy or valuable. It can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and inadequacy. Self-doubt and low self-esteem often go hand in hand and can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental health and well-being.

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Self-Esteem

Substance abuse can have a profound effect on an individual’s self-esteem. The negative consequences of addiction can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and self-blame. As a result, individuals may feel unworthy of love and respect, leading to further self-destructive behavior. It’s essential to recognize the impact of substance abuse on self-esteem and take steps to improve it during recovery.

Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt and Build Self-Esteem in Substance Abuse Recovery

  • Recognize and Challenge Negative Self-Talk – Negative self-talk can be a significant barrier to building self-esteem. It’s essential to identify and challenge negative thoughts about oneself. Replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations and focus on personal strengths and accomplishments.
  • Practice Self-Care and Healthy Habits – Practicing self-care and healthy habits can improve self-esteem and overall well-being. Exercise, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and engage in activities that bring joy and fulfillment.
  • Focus on Personal Growth and Achievements – Focus on personal growth and celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. Setting achievable goals can help boost self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Connect with Supportive and Positive Individuals – Surround oneself with supportive and positive individuals who encourage personal growth and provide emotional support. Join a support group or seek out a mentor or therapist.
  • Seek Professional Help – Don’t hesitate to seek professional help to overcome self-doubt and build self-esteem. A therapist can provide guidance and support and help identify and address underlying issues that may contribute to self-doubt and low self-esteem.

The Role of Gratitude and Positive Affirmations in Building Self-Esteem

Gratitude and positive affirmations can be powerful tools to help individuals build self-esteem. Practicing gratitude involves focusing on the positive aspects of one’s life and being thankful for them. Positive affirmations involve repeating positive statements to oneself, such as “I am worthy and deserving of love and respect.”

Research has shown that gratitude and positive affirmations can help rewire the brain and shift focus away from negative thoughts and emotions. By focusing on the positive aspects of one’s life and personal strengths, individuals can improve self-esteem and overall well-being.

Substance abuse can take a significant toll on an individual’s self-confidence and self-worth. Overcoming self-doubt and building self-esteem is an essential part of substance abuse recovery. By recognizing and challenging negative self-talk, practicing self-care and healthy habits, focusing on personal growth and achievements, connecting with supportive individuals, seeking professional help, and practicing gratitude and positive affirmations, individuals can improve their self-esteem and overall well-being.

FAQs

How can substance abuse affect self-esteem?

Substance abuse can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and self-blame, which can have a significant impact on an individual’s self-esteem.

How can negative self-talk impact substance abuse recovery?

Negative self-talk can be a significant barrier to building self-esteem during substance abuse recovery. It’s essential to identify and challenge negative thoughts about oneself.

What are some self-care practices to improve self-esteem during substance abuse recovery?

Practicing self-care and healthy habits, such as exercise, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment, can improve self-esteem during substance abuse recovery.

How can building self-esteem benefit substance abuse recovery?

Building self-esteem can improve overall well-being and make it easier to stay motivated and committed to substance abuse recovery.

When should someone seek professional help to overcome self-doubt and build self-esteem?

Individuals should seek professional help if self-doubt and low self-esteem are affecting their daily lives and ability to function. A therapist can provide guidance and support and help identify underlying issues that may contribute to self-doubt and low self-esteem.

Call OC Revive Today!

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse and self-doubt, know that you are not alone. There is help available. Contact OC Revive in Lake Forest, CA, to learn about their substance abuse recovery programs and resources. Remember, building self-esteem is an essential part of substance abuse recovery, and it’s never too late to start.

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Tyler Michaelis

Founder & CEO

Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families

Kelly Pearson

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Chandra Medina

Lead Therapist

Brian Welsh

Director of Admissions

Levi Sweet

Director of Operations

Anthony Fletcher

Director Of Business Development

Anthony is an Orange County local and has been a great addition to the Oc Revive team. Since 2015, Anthony has been working in the substance abuse field and has also pursued his drug and alcohol counseling license. Since being with Revive Anthony has established a relationship within the School Districts and serves as a voluntary speaker for substance abuse awareness in the community. By sharing his personal testimony, he has excelled in gaining trust and building rapport with others. He always seems to have a smile on his face and brings a positive vibe wherever he goes. With that being said, Anthony is very passionate about the work that he does and goes above and beyond to provide our struggling youth the care that they so desperately need.

Patrick R. Smith

Program Director

Patrick is a mental health and addiction professional who has a passion for recovery and helping others. He was inspired and encouraged by his mentors to work with individuals and families that have been affected by mental health issues, and alcohol and drug addiction. He has been working in the field of addiction recovery for 23+ years and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Patrick is also certified in Adult and Adolescent Anger Management. His career in addiction treatment began in 2001 at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage CA. as an Addiction Specialist working on the inpatient campus and is the co-creator of Betty Ford Center’s “Young Adult Track” specializing in work with 18-25-year-old Patients. He also excelled in working with addicted and impaired professionals in the “Relapse and Recovery Program”.

Patrick transitioned to Orange County in 2011 where he accepted a position as the Program Director for Orange County Recovery Services. Patrick is a gifted lecturer, group facilitator, and counselor with a passion for recovery who has been an active recovery member for over 25 years.

Brittany Astrom

Clinical Supervisor

Brittany joins the OCR team with over 15 years of experience in the Mental Health adn Substance Abuse field. Brittany has been licensed for almost 8 years and has worked in various settings throughout her career, including inpatient psychiatric treatment, outpatient, residential treatment center, PHP and IOP settings. Brittany has been supervising Associate Marrige and Family Therapists and Associate Social Workers for almost 6 years and works in compiance and auditing to ensure that treatment centers are up to par with biling regulations. Brittany has worked with young adults and adolescents for most of her career.

Brittany earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California Baptist International University. Brittany enjoys working with adolescents and young adults and believes that ever single person has the ability to set goals and meet them, even when they can’t see it themselves. Brittany loves spending time with her family, traveling, good coffee, and being outdoors.

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Derek Walsh

Co-Founder & COO

As Co-Founder & COO of OC Revive, Derek has a wealth of personal and professional experience dealing with the issues faced by today’s troubled teen. Throughout High School and College, Derek struggled with peer pressure, learning challenges, and substance abuse. Working with the support of family and friends, Derek set out to conquer those obstacles and find a richer, more fulfilling life.

On 15 October 2012, Derek overcame his own substance abuse problem and dedicated himself to help others work through their own addiction. A year later, Derek began a new journey and started his career in the recovery industry. Throughout his career, Derek has worked his way through numerous roles at top-rated treatment centers. While working at those treatment centers, Derek began to see a pattern that those struggling individuals would’ve benefited immensely from receiving earlier in life.

Derek decided that he wanted to be a part of the solution, and find a way to address those issues at an earlier age. He concluded that there needed to be interventions before adulthood, and he didn’t want to see anyone going through the same cycle that he did. That was when he and Tyler Michaelis decided to start OC Revive, to make sure teens get the help they need to find a purpose that leads them to a life of happiness and success.

Derek attended college at Orange Coast College and Santa Barbara City College.

Stephen Carmel

Co-Founder & CFO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when i moved to California from New York.Along with my recovery and beginning a new way of life, I began to develop a heart for others struggling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growth. I truly believe I would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.

I first opened an adult treatment center, California Prime Recovery(CPR) as a way to work with those struggling on a daily basis. Over the last 3 years, CPR has evolved into someting much more impactful and beautiful than i could’ve ever imagined. I have come to realize that my own happiness and growth depends on being involved in the lives of others in recovery. Helping people through recovery is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, and it has become the most important aspect of personal life. Giving back to those still suffering is the only way not to lose what you have gained.

Throughout this journey, and by mentoring many adolescents, I realized i wanted to offer more to teens who were struggling just as i was. This is when i decided to start OC Revive. I had built many wonderful relationships throughout my professional journey and found two others who shared the same vision, and passion that i had for the youth. It didn’t take long for myself, Tyler Michaelis, and Derek Walsh to turn our dream into a reality. We are committed to providing the best possible treatment for adolescents and truly believe “their future is our collective responsibility”.

Tyler Michaelis

Founder & CEO

Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families