Addicts and alcoholics use drugs and alcohol because of a negative self image and poor self esteem. Addicts and alcoholics do not like themselves, do not love themselves, do not believe that they are enough, do not believe that they are good enough, believe that they are inadequate, incompetent, a failure, a loser, not lovable and many other negative thoughts and beliefs about their value and worth as a human being. The "disease," if you will, of addiction is a belief and a belief that can be changed or transformed.
Addicts and alcoholics are completely responsible for their drug and alcohol addiction because they are responsible for their negative thinking about themselves. Addicts and alcoholics do not use because of the drugs, alcohol, drug dealers, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, their environment, their past, their families, including their parents, childhood trauma, their genetics or any other excuse that can be created with the intent of denying the responsibility that rests solely with the individual addict and alcoholic. However, there is real hope.
If you are an addict or alcoholic, you are only one thought or belief away from transforming your life and ending your addiction to drugs and alcohol forever! Learning to love yourself and believe that your are good enough, that you and your life matters, will change the trajectory of your life and eventually end your drug and alcohol addiction. This work is about changing your thinking about yourself and is something that you can do! Changing your thinking and learning to love yourself is the real secret to your recovery.
Dr. Harry Henshaw