Low Self-Esteem and How It Can Lead to Drug Addiction

People with low self-esteem can be at a greater risk for substance abuse and drug addiction problems. Self-esteem is how you view your self-worth and the level of confidence in yourself. Those with low self-esteem tend to be more influenced by those around them.

They want to be able to fit in with their peers. So, if they are asked if they want to experiment with drugs or drink alcohol, they are more willing to participate. In addition, the feelings people experience while drinking or taking drugs often lower their inhibitions.

They no longer care what others think, so they tend to view using drugs or drinking as a means to overcome their problems with low self-esteem. However, as they become more addicted to drugs or alcohol, the opposite occurs.

They need to consume higher amounts of the drugs or alcohol to achieve the same effects as when they first started. Eventually, they reach a point where they “crash” and their self-esteem plummets much lower than it was before they started using.

If you suffer from low self-esteem, you are not alone. There is help available without having to turn to drugs or alcohol. If you have already started using or are addicted and want help, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is here to help. You can call us 24/7 at (855) 859-8808 or visit one of our locations in Palm Beach County, FL or Lancaster County, PA.