It is a commonly accepted perception that peopel who are addicted to drugs generally fail when they are trying to stay sober only to please other people. When committing themselves to recovery, they must also ensure they have sobriety on their minds. It they do not, they are likely to return to relapse. This is no indication that the efforts made by other people will not help them. The encouragement provided by people will be extremely beneficial. It can aslo be the difference between a recovery and a relapse. However, it is also essential for the individual to be inspired from within because they can be their best cheerleaders.
“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.” —Robert Collier
What is Encouragement?
Encouragement refers to instilling hope, spirit and courage. It is similar to giving support to another person who could be trying to achieve something. The encouragement can be provided by close friends. The person can aslo inspire themselves through an inner dialogue. This is called self-encouragement.
The Difference Between Encouragement and Praise
The words of encouragement and praise can be used interchangeably and that it is often the case. However, the two words are different. Praising somebody is similar to congratulating them for a job well done. On the other hand, encouraging someone is positively acknowledging their attempts to achieve something. The individual may benefit from the encouragement, even if he or she fails to achieve anything in their endeavor. They may get the feeling that they are receiving undeserved patronage when being praised, but may feel differently when they are being encouraged.
The Importance Of Encouragement During Recovery
- Every individual needs encouragement during recovery because it is extremely important for the following reasons:
- It is possible even for the most motivated individual to feel though during the period of recovery. Proper encouragement can assist them in making it through these difficult times.
- Addicts generally suffer from low self-esteem and they often lack confidence in their ability to achieve things. The encouragement provided can increase the self-esteem among the addicts.
- It is common to notice professional sports stars perform better when their fans are present because they receive the encouragement they are looking for. Similarly addicts in recovery will begin to perform better when they have other individuals supporting them.
- During the period of recovery negative thinking can be a dangerous Which can suck people in without warning. Encouragement can help the individual overcome any negative thoughts which they may be experiencing.
- When trying to complete a successful recovery, the individual will be required to counter certain challenges. Encouragement will give them the motivation they need to achieve their objectives.
- Many people underestimate their abilities and it is only through positive encouragement that they become willing to make the extra efforts.
Low Self-Esteem Can Also Improve With Encouragement
People who are trying to find a new life in sobriety can find low self-esteem a real problem. This is usually a situation where the individual evaluates themselves inappropriately or begin to display their low self worth. They could be doing themselves as substandard human beings, but also have a feeling that they are at fault for the condition. The dangers of low self-esteem among people in recovery includes the following:
- The individual may begin to believe he or she does not deserve to get better which would be similar to giving up before they have even begun.
- If the individual does not value his or her life they may not be interested in making an effort to improve it.
- If they begin to believe they will fail in recovery it is highly possible for them to work towards failure because they were not putting efforts into the project.
- People with low self-esteem will have difficulties in making friends and will often be lonely and use the excuse to relapse.
- People with low self-esteem often try to alienate themselves by being arrogant, which is a dangerous habit.
“… everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it.” —John C. Maxwell
When people decide to become sober, it is essential for them to work on their self-esteem. An effective method to achieving positive results is through encouragement. The victims can look for encouragement from other people, but should also work on using self encouragement to keep them motivated.