How to Handle Self-Sabotage After Recovery


APRIL 10, 2020

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How to Handle Self-Sabotage After Recovery

One of the biggest fears you may have about the road to recovery is what will happen if you relapse. All too often, when you’re struggling with drugs or alcohol, you may become your own worst enemy. Self-sabotage in addiction recovery is a real thing. It’s something that addiction treatment Arizona facilities focus on so you have the best chance of sober living.

Are You Friend Or Foe?

When you’re actively in addiction, it’s hard to trust anyone. The drugs or alcohol have changed the wiring of your brain, and making rational decisions doesn’t always happen so easily. The fact is, when you’re actively in addiction, you’re already in the process of sabotaging your life. And, while the substances are definitely not good for you, the reality is that YOU can be as big an enemy to your sobriety. Addiction treatment Arizona facilities work with clients who want to get on the path of sobriety, but on their own, continue to sabotage their progress. That’s why SpringBoard Recovery blends effective treatment options that include holistic living and therapies to encourage you all the way through recovery.

Self-Sabotage During Recovery: The Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a term that was initially coined by psychologists Suzane Imes and Pauline Clance. In the late ’70s, they’d observed that many women who were high-achievers tended to believe they weren’t deserving of the praise they received for their accomplishments and accolades. In essence, the women thought they were ‘just lucky’ they’d ‘made it,’ and felt feelings of self-doubt and insecurities.

You may be able to relate to those feelings if you’ve ever struggled with recovery. Perhaps you find yourself taking positive steps forward, only to wonder if you even deserve to take credit for those gains. Recovery is fragile, and you may be worried that one wrong move can take all your success away. In essence, you sabotage your recovery because you don’t feel worthy of it.

That is the furthest thing from the truth. This is why addiction treatment Arizona facilities like SpringBoard Recovery work with you to show you the value in who you are. We help you disregard the lies you may hear from society, or even yourself. Our staff works with you so you recognize your value and your self-worth. While you’re here with us, you’ll have consultations with medical staff as well as therapy and group meetings led by compassionate and caring staff. We know you may doubt yourself, and that could lead to self-sabotage, but we’re with you in each step to help you stay strong.


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Self-Sabotage In Recovery: What Are The Signs?

Because you may doubt that you even deserve to get your life put back together, you are vulnerable to sabotage your recovery. But, do you know what the signs of self-sabotage in recovery look like?

Be careful if any of the following apply to you:

You still maintain toxic friendships.

When you’ve decided to break the chains of addiction, one of the hardest things you may have to do is cut the ties with friends you had. It’s hard, because they may feel like they’re family since they’ve been there with you in some rough patches. The truth, though, is that many of these ‘friends’ are not good for your recovery. They may encourage you to participate in self-sabotage as well.

You use negative self-talk.

This is common for many who are in recovery because you’re so used to doing it in active addiction. You’re so used to telling yourself you’re not ever going to recover, so why bother? You start to believe this negative self-talk and it can make you feel as if all the work you’re doing is worthless. You’ve been judged enough; don’t pile more on yourself.

You bottle your emotions up.

Deciding to take the first steps of recovery is always frightening. You most likely are struggling as you deal with all the emotions that come with starting your new life. When you feel as if you can’t let your feelings be known, for fear of judgment or simply because you don’t know how to articulate them, you may bury them. Buried emotions are never helpful. That’s why an addiction treatment Arizona facility that offers counseling and therapy is key to your recovery.

You don’t believe you really need it.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest forms of self-sabotage is thinking you don’t really need help. As you start to feel stronger in the process of recovery, you may believe that it was just a slip-up that you became so dependent in the first place. You may begin to think you can handle your addiction alone. This self-sabotaging thought pattern is highly destructive. Not only do you push rehabilitative resources away, but you will push friends and family away too. A strong support system and expert care like we offer is the best way for you to achieve lifetime sobriety.

Addiction Treatment Arizona: The Antidote to Self-Sabotage

If you’re struggling with addiction, you may find that you are your own worst enemy. At SpringBoard Recovery, we don’t want that for you. We want to walk with you and stand beside you. Our staff wants to encourage you to make positive steps toward a new, addiction-free life. We understand it’s hard to make the decision to seek help. It’s hard to feel you deserve that new life. But know that we’ve spent years helping thousands of people stop being their own worst enemy and instead, become self-advocates on the road to recovery.

If you’re ready to put an end to sabotaging your new life, contact us today and let us help.


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APRIL 10, 2020

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SpringBoard Recovery. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to SpringBoard Recovery. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.   The U.S. Alcohol Crisis, Still Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic   Zombies and Other Future Threats to the Health of American Youth Dire Mental Health: A Catalyst for Post-Pandemic Drug Addiction The Benefits of Rehab Center Staff Working Their Own Recovery Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Robert Castan on Successful Addiction Treatment and Entrepreneurship Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale Opioids & COVID Driving Phoenix’s Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Successful Addiction Treatment Programs & Entrepreneurship

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