Do I Deserve to Recover? (Yes! & Here’s Why)

When you look back at past mistakes you have made in your life, it can be easy to write yourself off as a bad person that does not deserve good things in life. This feeling can be familiar to those struggling with addiction. They see the hurt they have caused in their own life and the lives of others and do not believe they deserve to get better. Low self-esteem, pain, grief, and other emotions play into this feeling of being unworthy of recovery. However, everyone deserves a chance to get better and find healing from addiction, including you. 

You Are Already Worthy of Recovery

No matter what you have gone through, what you have done, or what mistakes you have made, you are deserving of a happy and healthy life. Why? Because you are a human. As a human being, you deserve love, kindness, compassion, and a chance at the best life you can live. No matter what your past looks like, you are worthy of recovery because of who you are. 

You Deserve to Experience Real Life

While amid addiction, you most likely did not have time to go after your hopes and dreams because you became fixated on your next high. You are often not present in the moment, as you may be using drugs or alcohol to escape from current feelings or emotions. However, you deserve to experience life as it is happening right now. There is beauty in everything if you change your perspective, and you deserve to be a part of it.

You Are Not Your Mistakes

Even though you may know that everyone makes mistakes, it is easier to be harder on yourself when you mess up compared to someone else. It is common to hold yourself to a higher standard and be hard on yourself when you slip up because you believe that you should not make mistakes. However, everyone makes mistakes. The truth is that mistakes do not define who you are. What is important is that you learn from your mistakes to live a better life for yourself and those around you. Learning to forgive yourself will give you a chance at another day without holding yourself back.

You Have Your Whole Life Ahead of You

You don’t have to be a young adult to change your life and plan for the future. You can discover who you are at any age and live the life you want to lead. Addiction will try to take your life from you, and at times it will seem like it is succeeding. However, you have the power to take control of your life and take charge in terms of living the life you want to live. You have your whole life ahead of you, don’t spend it wallowing in the darkness of addiction.

You Deserve to Heal

No one should be condemned to live with the pain of their past traumas forever. Coping with unresolved trauma and past negative experiences can leave you feeling hurt, helpless, and broken. Realizing that your experiences and feelings do not define you can motivate you to know you also deserve to heal. Once you find healing, you can work towards living a happy and healthier life; something recovery can bring you.

You Are Worthy of Being Alive

Unfortunately, there are often high fatality rates for those that suffer from long term addiction. The body weakens over time due to drug and alcohol abuse, causing it to become weaker and more susceptible to illness. Even if you have only been using drugs or alcohol for a short period, you have most likely already noticed changes in your body both internally and externally. Remember that you deserve to be alive and enjoy your time on this earth. Recovery can breathe new life into you if you are willing to accept it.

You Deserve to Make Amends

Addiction affects not only the person struggling with it directly but also those closest to that person. You may lose the friendships and relationships that you have had for years as a result of addiction. You are deserving of making amends to those you have wronged and the chance at rebuilding the relationships. Recovery can offer you this chance.

You Deserve to Be Sober

You are deserving of sobriety. You deserve a second chance at life and feeling happy with who you are. Addiction can never offer you the happiness, healthiness, and love that sobriety can. You deserve all of the good things that accompany sobriety no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done. You are worthy of love, positivity, and healing. Recovery will offer you all of these things and more.


When you hit rock bottom in addiction, it can be easy to tear yourself down and convince yourself you are not worthy of recovery. However, everyone is deserving of healing, especially you. You are not your past mistakes, your story doesn’t have to end here, and you are worthy of living a life you are proud of. Recovery can offer you an escape from addiction and into a life that is better than anything you could have imagined. All you have to do is take that first step. At Northstar Transitions, we can help you find the courage to start recovery and discover the healing you have been longing for. Through our traditional and experiential treatment modalities, you can be assured that you are in good hands. Call us today to begin your recovery journey at (303) 558-6400. You are deserving of happiness, and we at Northstar are determined to help you find that in sobriety.


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