Playing the Victim: How the Victim Mentality is Hindering Your Sobriety

A victim mentality can be a trap that we convince ourselves to stay in, and often contributes towards lapsing in substance abuse. It can lead to feelings of worthlessness, distrust of others, an exaggerated perception of problems, and an inability to cast out previously traumatic events. While the solution can be simple, it does require first understanding that these negative thoughts are holding you back. Once recognized, you can begin rebuilding your self-worth, accepting your personal responsibility for decisions made, and face the mistakes head on. With this new-found strength, you can obtain sobriety.

Key Takeaways:

  • Having the victim mentality is a bad cycle to be in.
  • People with the victim mentality do not want to overcome their problems to better their lives.
  • It is important not to support the addictions of loved ones that have the victim mentality.

“It’s not always easy to identify the behaviors of victim mentality within yourself, but to overcome self-victimization and addiction, it is necessary to identify the beliefs that fuel these behaviors.”

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