Trying to cope with low self-esteem is one reason why a number of people use drugs. For a while the drugs make them forget their "unworthiness." There are other ways to be exorcise those negative thoughts. Here are some ways to overcome low self-esteem: - Learn to love yourself. If you don't and people notice the way you don't treat yourself well, they won't want to be around you. - Don't criticize yourself for failures or mistakes you made. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone fails. Don't torture yourself with thoughts of what you could have done right. Leave the past in the past and focus instead on the present and how you'll avoid making similar mistakes in future. - Don't compare yourself to others. It will make you miserable. - Write down all you accomplishments and read them from time to time. They'll instantly make you feel good. All the best!