Dealing With Doubts About Your Recovery

Updated July 18, 2023

People who go through addiction recovery often face self-doubt. They doubt themselves and their ability to get back to a normal life. If you have doubts about your addiction recovery, you are not alone. Here are some of the common doubts that people in treatment face and how you can overcome them.

1. "I'm not working hard enough toward recovery."

Everyone has a unique experience with recovering from addiction. If you feel that you don't put in enough work toward your recovery, ask for an honest opinion. Your recovery team can tell you where you stand and if there is more you could be doing. Chances are that you are doing what you can if you worry about your efforts in the first place.

2. "I don't deserve to get better."

The stigma surrounding addiction can make you believe that your substance abuse disorder is a personal failure. We want you to know that addiction is a disease, not a moral problem. It has risk factors and triggers like any other medical condition. Your treatment will have its highs and lows, but you can work toward healthy living. You deserve to recover and live your best life, and treatment centers can help.

3. "I'll never become sober."

Recovery brings plenty of obstacles for people to face. Some people trying to get better will relapse, but they can get back on the path to wellness. Having a relapse means you need an adjustment in treatment and still have the ability to recover. As a chronic condition, substance abuse will have an impact on your life. However, you can develop a treatment plan and coping strategies that allow you to manage it.

4. "Nobody understands my addiction."

Many Americans consider drugs and addiction as taboo topics. The lack of discussion about substance abuse can make it seem that nobody cares about people who face it. You are not alone, however. In 2017, around 20.7 million American adults needed substance abuse treatment. You may not hear about them because of the taboo nature of drug-related topics. Think about your loved ones and treatment team members supporting you in your recovery when you feel misunderstood.

5. "I just need to get over it."

Uninformed people have the misconception that you can get better whenever you want when you have a substance use disorder. They don't realize that addiction is a disease. While you can train yourself to stop a bad habit, you often need professional help to become sober. You have different brain patterns than someone without a substance abuse disorder that a treatment team can address.

Let Us Help You Travel the Path to Recovery

We can help you create a strategy to manage your substance use disorder. At Diamond House Detox, we offer a home-like environment where you receive round-the-clock support for your recovery. Our team specializes in dual diagnosis, an approach that involves finding the underlying causes of addiction. Please get in touch online or call (888) 205-9455 for more information. You can heal, and you are not alone. Call today for same day admittance at (800) 205-6107.

Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on February 6, 2019.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Diamond House Detox
Vicky is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her nursing career in healthcare by working in the intensive care unit, and then an inpatient psychiatric hospital. After realizing the mental health needs of both the patients and the families she served, she became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her experience working with clients, she has developed a passion for those with dual diagnoses and specializes in helping individuals recognize the issues driving their substance use. This recognition has been crucial to the individual’s success in treatment. Vicky opened Diamond House Detox so that she can address these issues early on in a therapeutic environment to allow clients to transition to the next level in their recovery.
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