Why We Self-Sabotage Our Recovery

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So many people end up squashing their own chances of success in the personal and professional lives, and for no good reason. Most of the time, they don’t even know why – no matter where you’re at in life right now, think about the ways in which you’ve self-sabotaged your own love life, work endeavors, health goals, recovery and more.

Self-sabotage happens when we take any action that holds ourselves back from reaching our goals. A clear example of this would be sabotaging your talk with an employer in order to get a promotion, or even procrastinating until the last minute to submit a report on a project just so that you get points off of it in a class that you’re currently taking. If you’ve been working really hard to eat healthier, self-sabotage may involve suddenly eating more fast food throughout the week which sets you back in your weight loss goals. No matter what it is, self-sabotage has a wonderful way of making sure we don’t get what we truly want. And it happens for a variety of reasons.

For example, low self-worth can be an incredibly damaging factor at play. If a person doesn’t feel good enough, they may hold themselves back from success. In addition to this, a person may desire control – because if too many events have gone wrong in their life, they may want to feel as though they know what’s going to happen, and self-sabotage gives them a clear outcome. Another potential reason is if a person is scared of succeeding – they may self-sabotage their goals because it’s more comfortable to fail than it is to enter a new territory. Ultimately, self-sabotage can become a cycle of disappointment that a person gets used to over time, and this can be a hard habit to break. 

Addiction recovery is about learning why we self-sabotage and working through it. If you’re ready for complete healing and restoration, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today. 

Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 844-857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you – it’s never too late to begin taking steps towards a happier, healthier life. 

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