In rehab and other treatment for addiction, professionals work toward building self-esteem and positive communication skills.
In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), therapists help patients recognize unhealthy patterns in thought and behavior that may be perpetuating negative self-image or ineffective communication styles. Then, therapists work to replace those patterns with more functional ones.
Therapists may also help identify unhealthy relationship dynamics that fuel low self-esteem and poor communication. From there, coaching on setting healthy boundaries in relationships and family therapy can go a long way to correct those dynamics.
Activities that invite success and allow patients to see their progress and capability can help to reconstruct self image. Strengthening, for example, offers patients the opportunity to improve their physical condition and observe progress. Yoga also offers this, but with additional focus on achieving peace and relaxation, as well as empathy for oneself and the body.
Expressive therapy sessions also can improve self-esteem, as patients learn and develop new crafts—discovering talents and interests. Group therapy builds self-confidence as well, as individuals take the reigns in helping each other process and work through difficult emotions and experiences.
Through a holistic approach to healing, rehab and other addiction treatment services can move to improve patients’ self-esteem and communication skills.