A lack of self-control is a common challenge we all face at some point in our lives.  Some people tend to have more self-control overall than others, due to a variety of psychological and experiential factors.  It can be frustrating when it feels like every goal you ever set goes unaccomplished due to a lack of self-control. While some significant life changes require more than sheer willpower, there are strategies you can use to increase your self-control and help you achieve your intentions. Psychologists often recommend the following techniques when you wish to change problematic behavior.

While it might seem cliché, it is important that you believe in your ability to make a change.  Research has shown that having a positive attitude and taking control of your circumstances gives you a better shot at success.  It can also be helpful to keep track of your progress by writing down your goals and achievements in a journal or diary. This will keep your goal at the forefront of your mind throughout the day, and remind you of how far you have come.  You should also engage in activities that boost your confidence and self-esteem as often as possible, such as physical exercise and spending time with people that lift you up and motivate you.

For those with substance use disorders, self-control development is important, but also complex.  Many people with addictions believe the only reason they are unable to quit using drugs or alcohol is due to a lack of self-control or willpower.  The truth is that drugs and alcohol create physical and psychological dependencies that usually require professional treatment to overcome. Working on self-control in recovery from addiction, however, is an important aspect of personal growth. 

If you or someone you love has developed an addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.