How To Rebuild Your Relationships And Self-Esteem After Alcohol Abuse

How To Rebuild Your Relationships And Self-Esteem After Alcohol Abuse

If you’ve ever used alcohol, you’ll know how hard it can be to regain your former life. Drinking has a nasty habit of touching everything, from your relationships to your job. 

The good news is that there are ways back: it’s just a matter of finding them. Many people have returned from alcohol abuse as stronger people and have gone on to experience remarkable success in their lives. 

Here’s how to rebuild your self-esteem and relationships after using alcohol. 

Celebrate Recovery Milestones

Celebrating recovery milestones is an excellent way to rebuild your self-worth after years of alcohol abuse and addiction. It reminds you that you can live teetotally and that you don’t need to reach for a drink, even if there are problems in your life. Looking back and recognizing the steps you’ve taken to where you are now shows you the steps that you’ve taken and the real difference you’ve made in your life. 

Start Engaging In Healthier Activities

Another excellent way to boost your self-esteem is to engage in healthy activities that make you feel better. Doing things that made you happy in the past, such as sports or hobbies, can be an excellent place to start. Once you have a new focus, you’re far less likely to go back to your old ways. 

The goal is to feel fulfilled in what you’re doing. You want to have a sense that life can be rewarding and go on, even without alcohol. 

Talk To A Specialist

A behavioral health consultant is someone who helps you change your short-term behaviour. These professionals can be a good way to help you turn your life around, even if you’ve stopped drinking because they can show you how to return to life as normal.

For many people who use alcohol, life without a drink seems surreal. It was such a fundamental part of what they did with their time that moving beyond it doesn’t feel normal. Coaches and specialists can help you see new perspectives and accept a new life, free from alcohol or dependency. 

Reconnect With Positive Influences

To rebuild your relationships, you’ll want to reconnect with people who positively influenced you in the past. Surround yourself with individuals who respect your boundaries and who won’t encourage you to drink with them after your recovery. You want sensitive individuals who know where you’ve been and where you want to go in the future. Don’t spend time with judgemental individuals, or anyone who might influence you to return to nights at the bar. 


Finally, you may need to apologize to some people about your drinking and the harm caused by it. Addiction doesn’t just damage your life, but also those of the people around you. 

When apologizing, explain what went wrong. Be sincere and acknowledge the challenges that other people faced when you were at your worst points. Talk specifically about your actions and how they led you astray. Give people time to accept your apology and forgive you. It doesn’t always happen automatically.

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  1. Shirley
    July 14, 2023 / 7:57 am

    This is great advice I never heard of a behavioral health consultant before

  2. SLGy
    July 26, 2023 / 10:44 pm

    I have a relative that abuses alcohol and we haven’t spoken for about a year now due to her drinking and also due to my mentioning it out loud one time in anger (I said she was drunk as a skunk.) She hung up on me and blocked me. Doesn’t feel good but I don’t think she sees where she has caused the problems in all her relationships due to this alcohol abuse. She’s been to rehab a few times but only when in severe crisis. I have to work up the nerve to send this article to her, especially because I’m not sure she’s ever seen a Behavioral Health Therapist, and maybe never even heard of it though she’s a social worker herself. Thanks for posting this