6. Empowering Yourself through Support and Self-Care

Barriers to self-care


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Consider some of the barriers you may have to practising self-care.

    How could you start to overcome these barriers?


    lack of awareness of your own needs
    preoccupation with the person who has a substance use problem
    having many responsibilities
    putting others’ needs before your own
    guilt about spending time and money taking care of yourself
    difficulty in managing time
    anxiety about the consequences for the person with a substance use problem if you were to engage in self-care.