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No matter where a person finds themselves in the process of addiction recovery, or if they have a loved one who is dealing with the difficult disease of addiction, often times they will likely recognize that the experience of addiction comes with a debilitating amount of shame.

The actions taken by the many who struggle with addiction to satisfy their addictions are often hurtful to those around him, and the addict is generally aware of the damage done to relationships as they slide down the paths offered by addiction.  While many may choose to deceive themselves about the hurt they bring to those around them, even justifying actions that cause physical and financial harm, the truth is that the impacts are not lost on those who struggle with addictions. Family relationships, friendships and even marriages can be torn up by the addiction, and are often very difficult to mend.  The self-esteem of the person who’s life has become unmanageable as a result of alcohol or substance abuse has been damaged over and over again as the choices they make takes them further from the support of their families and friends, thus deepening feelings of emptiness, which in turn perpetuates the addiction cycle.

When in recovery, there is ample time to meditate upon the damage the addictive behaviors have caused.  There is a finite amount of this shame-based thinking that is helpful.  The emotional issues of depression and anxiety, which lead to a feeling of detachment and emptiness, are often at the root of addiction and addictive behaviors. Obsessive dwelling upon the mistakes of the past can prove detrimental to the patient’s overall mental health and to their long term recovery.  When someone is in a good recovery program, there should be a focus on the fact that those who struggle with addictions, while sometimes make bad choices, and sometimes engage in destructive and hurtful behaviors, is still a worthwhile and worthy human being with strengths and weaknesses like all other human beings. 

The process of recovery should be one of learning and self-discovery, and those who struggle with additions must be skillfully drawn to recognize their Focusing on weaknesses is too easy for most addicts and can become an ongoing excuse for further addictive behaviors. The strengths inherent to the addiction recovery patient are what will enable him to overcome or even eliminate the weaknesses that allowed addiction to take hold, are must warrant equal focus. Therapists and recovery professionals who work with patients in a recovery treatment program of quality, must not just focus on illness, but also steer therapeutic interventions toward the positive, allowing each individual to gain insight into and the ability to utilize to his or her own internal resources.


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