Recovery self sabotage tends to be the territory of those who have low self esteem. Sometimes people become addicts because they believe they deserve no better. Oddly, this is an unconscious impulse toward self destruction. It tends to be the province of people who have, by nature, low self-esteem. These folks are instinctively They may also have feelings of low self-esteem and y are many and we are going to explore them here. Ultimately self-sabotage comes from either the deep belief, often unconscious, the individual holds that they are not worthy of better things, or the self-fulfilling prophecy that if something is worthwhile, the individual will somehow mess it up..

Don’t Engage In Recovery Self Sabotage

Self-sabotage is much more common in early recovery. You’ve done a lot of good work and made great leaps forward, but there’s still enough of the “old addictive you” around to do harm. As I’ve said in earlier posts, replacing lifelong habits in thought and feeling is very challenging and sometimes, even after months of good practice, we can find ourselves slipping back into the following bad ideas:

We feel better, hopeful–so of course we get the idea we do not deserve that after hurting so many people.
We perceive ourselves as less than others.
We become so afraid of relapse we become sure it’s going to happen. So sure it does happen!
We engage in self pitying feelings without talking out our frustrations
Our resentment and anger rises up without our addressing it. Some people say they begin to feel “itchy and prickly” with these emotions.

Considering Recovery Self-Sabotage
Considering Recovery Self-Sabotage
Some actions indicating self-sabotage include:

Perceiving suggestions and helpful hints as insults or criticismSkipping your regular support group meetingsYou look at regular meetings with your sponsor or therapist as something to be endured, instead of an opportunityYou start confusing privacy and secret-keepingYou start keeping secrets againYou communicate evasively with others, defensively instead of openly
Skipping your regular support group meetings
You look at regular meetings with your sponsor or therapist as something to be endured, instead of an opportunity
You start confusing privacy and secret-keeping
You start keeping secrets again
You communicate evasively with others, defensively instead of openly
You look at regular meetings with your sponsor or therapist as something to be endured, instead of an opportunity
You start confusing privacy and secret-keepingYou start keeping secrets againYou communicate evasively with others, defensively instead of openly
You skip meetings, thinking there’s nothing left to learn in recovery.
You begin to look fondly at some aspects of your drug using days
You forget or deride the bad consequences that brought you into treatment
You start shifting blame for your addiction
You start thinking your addiction “wasn’t that bad”

People self-sabotage all the time. In another post we’re going to talk about how to beat it. But right now, for this post, examine your own recovery and see if you have slipped into any of these old thought patterns or behaviors. They are traps that lead to relapse, and the first step in avoiding a relapse is to know the risk factors for the situation. These are the risk factors associated with self-sabotage. No one need go through this process.

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