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Self-esteem is key in rehab and addiction treatment, involving how individuals perceive and value themselves. Introduced by psychologist William James in the late 19th century, self-esteem has become recognized as a key component of mental well-being. In addiction recovery, it’s particularly important due to its influence on the recovery process. Low self-esteem, often accompanied by feelings of guilt, shame, and hopelessness, can hinder efforts to overcome addiction. Enhancing self-esteem is therefore vital for a successful recovery. This enhancement involves recognising personal strengths, exploring values and beliefs, setting achievable goals, and practicing self-compassion. In recovery terminology, “self-esteem building” refers to activities that create a healthier self-image, while “self-compassion” highlights the importance of kindness and understanding towards oneself during recovery, recognising setbacks as part of the process.

Self-esteem, your subjective sense of personal worth or value, is closely linked to self-confidence and a belief in one’s abilities and attributes. It influences motivation, mental well-being, and overall quality of life. Healthy self-esteem involves a balance, avoiding extremes of too high or too low, which can both be problematic. Key elements of self-esteem include self-confidence, feelings of security, identity, sense of belonging, and competence. The level of self-esteem typically stabilizes in adulthood after increasing through adolescence.

High self-esteem is characterized by a firm understanding of one’s skills, maintaining healthy relationships, realistic expectations, and the ability to express needs. On the other hand, low self-esteem can result in doubts about abilities, lack of motivation, relationship issues, and feelings of unworthiness. Excessively high self-esteem may lead to overestimating abilities and entitlement.

Notably, self-esteem differs from self-efficacy, which is about beliefs in handling future actions or abilities. Factors like age, disability, illness, socioeconomic status, thought patterns, and experiences with discrimination can impact self-esteem. It’s often shaped by life experiences, such as feedback from family and friends or experiences of unconditional positive regard.

Healthy self-esteem enables you to have a positive outlook, feel equal to others, express needs, and accept your strengths and weaknesses. It motivates you to pursue goals and maintain healthy boundaries. Conversely, low self-esteem can manifest in constant self-doubt, difficulty expressing needs, and prioritizing others’ needs over your own, potentially leading to mental health disorders and impacting life quality.

Improving self-esteem involves becoming aware of and challenging negative thoughts, practicing positive self-talk and self-compassion, and seeking professional help if needed. Therapy and medications can be effective in addressing underlying mental health issues related to self-esteem.

Self-esteem, shaped by various life experiences, tends to fluctuate throughout the lifespan. It often grows until around age 60, then stabilizes before declining in old age. Factors such as a childhood filled with disapproval, dysfunctional family life, poor school environments, or unsatisfactory work conditions can lead to low self-esteem. This sense of self-worth has a significant impact on different aspects of life, including academic and professional achievements, relationships, and mental health. Contrary to being a fixed trait, self-esteem can change with life’s successes and setbacks.

Boosting self-esteem involves recognising that everyone has equal worth and importance. It’s helpful to avoid negative self-judgments and all-or-nothing thinking. Instead, treating oneself with the same kindness and understanding shown to a loved one can gradually shift perceptions and improve feelings of self-worth. Self-actualization, a concept introduced by psychologist Abraham Maslow, describes the pursuit of reaching one’s full potential. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, once basic physiological and safety needs are met, individuals can seek fulfillment through creativity, intellectual growth, and social progress, ultimately striving for self-actualization and realizing their true potential.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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