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Let Us Love You Until You Can Love Yourself

If you are new in recovery, chances are that your self-esteem isn’t as high as it could be. Most of us come into the rooms of AA, NA, SMART Recovery, etc., battered, broken, and beaten down from addiction. The idea of loving oneself seems foreign to the newly sober. Low self-esteem and even going so far as hating oneself often stems from the shame and guilt associated with having an addiction. When we get sober, we have to face the wreckage of our addiction, and that is nothing short of true courage. The things we did while drinking and using can feel humiliating and any other negative adjective you can think of, but these acts do not define who we are.

Sometimes, it takes a village for us to see through the muck of our past in order to see ourselves for who we are and who we are becoming. This phrase, “Let us love you until you can love yourself,” is well known in 12 Step groups because recovery is about togetherness, helping one another, and showing those who feel unlovable that they are truly loved. Most of us didn’t see ourselves as lovable in early recovery, yet, as time went on, we came to find the exact opposite to be true. Through the support and guidance of others, we found out that our past was no different than the past others. We all walked down the same road, and we are all worthy of loving relationships.

If you are new, this may all seem strange. You may feel awkward or uncomfortable when people extend themselves to help you, but they really do want to help in any way they can. Believe it or not, it helps keep them sober by helping you out. Out of these relationships comes compassion, understanding, and yes, love. When they say they love you, believe them. Recovery isn’t easy, but it is much easier when you forgive yourself, and choose to march forward with your life. Be gentle on yourself, you are worthy of every wonderful thing that recovery has to offer.

Are you struggling with drug or alcohol addiction? Call Resilient House and let us help you. You are not alone. Your life can transform into one of peace, joy, and freedom from drugs and alcohol. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at 833-242-6431. Recovery is possible, call now.