The Addict Who Loved Herself

When I was stuck in the addictive cycle of alcohol use disorder, I was suffering, big time. I hated myself for being stuck. I hated myself for not being able to fix it.

The thing that eventually pulled me out forever, was self-compassion, acknowledging my suffering and loving myself despite of it.

I didn’t wait until I was sober to love myself. This is key.

Self-compassion is the act of turning loving kindness in towards yourself. This was so foreign to me. I had to release many long-held thoughts that I had about myself and how the world worked. It was awkward and strange feeling to try this new way-of-being out for myself.

Why did I bother to try? I read about the research behind self-compassion, and I knew it was what I was always missing. I knew this lack was the core of my addiction.

I desperately waned the outcomes that practicing self-compassion promised. So I persisted through the awkward, difficult to believe stages of loving myself for the first time.

I hope you can too. It’s worth it.

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