28 Oct 2016

What is self-efficacy? And why is it important?

Self-efficacy is an important element of recovery. So what is this exactly? Self-efficacy is the belief one has in his or her ability to achieve a goal. This concept can be directly applied to recovery and addiction treatment.

Low self-efficacy can make small hurdles and challenges appear impossible, thus holding an individual back in recovery. There is good news though! Self-efficacy can be improved. Here are some tips to help improve your state of mind, attitude and faith in oneself:

  • Keep living. Personal experiences can help improve your mindset. Take note of your successes—big or small—and use that to raise your confidence. As you see what you’re capable of, you’ll know continued future success is possible, you’ll begin to believe in yourself more and more.
  • Get motivated! This may be easier said than done, but it is possible to find new motivation. A therapist can help you examine your situation and provide guidance. Sometimes people just need a little convincing, so seek personation from reliable sources, like trained therapists or self-help books.
  • Find peer support. AA and NA groups or a sponsor can provide a sense of community and encouragement when you’re feeling low. Seeing the success and achievements of others in similar scenarios can help one realize that recovery is possible.
  • Set goals outside of recovery.Start small to regain faith in your capabilities. Find a hobby or skill you neglected during your addiction and revive it. Whether it’s finishing a book you’ve always wanted to read or learned how to play the guitar, knowing you can accomplish these tasks can mentally assist your in your daily recovery.

The phrase “Believe in yourself” is more than just words. It’s an expression of self-efficacy, a state of mind necessary for a successful recovery. This may seem like a grammar lesson, but possessing a recovery-centric vocabulary can bring awareness to aspects of your treatment you may not know existed.

How have your improved your self-efficacy? Share your story on Twitter at @SoberChi!