Self-Compassion as a Recovery Tool
When used as an addiction recovery tool, self-compassion has shown to help people overcome cravings, deal with the stresses of early recovery, and better manage their emotions. It involves being mindful, but the practice also boosts self-esteem, reduces self-criticism, and allows the person to feel more comfortable in his or her own skin – qualities that are essential for lasting sobriety.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, “compassionate mind states may be learned, and may alleviate shame, as well as other distressing outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, self-attacks, feelings of inferiority, and submissive behavior.”
by Nikki Seay