No matter what stage of our recovery we are in most of us struggle with negative thoughts about ourselves and our recovery process. Even though it’s uncomfortable and frustrating, it’s a normal part of the recovery process. Understanding why this happens is a first step toward minimizing the effect these thoughts have on us and leads to self-acceptance. Self-acceptance frees us to gradually let go of the negative self-talk and affirm ourselves instead. With work and patience with ourselves these habits of thought can be changed.