While no one should be blamed or shamed for having an addiction, the pathway to recovery requires sincerely acknowledging the negative impact on self and others of addiction-related behavior.
If you are struggling with substance abuse or alcohol, you can channel the shame and guilt induced by these and other feelings into making positive changes.
All negative emotions have the capacity to paralyze action or to motivate positive change.
In their New York Times Article, Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld argue that shame can motivate an addict to make different, healthier choices. However, people are only motivated to make a change when they feel that the choice to make a change is under their control.
Shame can signal to an individual that it is time to get help, heal the underlying issues that push one towards substance abuse, and feel better.
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You have the potential to change. Dr. Washton can help you discover and address what lies beneath your abuse of alcohol and other substances so that you can eventually break free of your addiction.
With Dr. Washton, therapy is expertly tailored to your needs, helping you address the factors that drive your substance abuse challenges.
In individual and/or group therapy, you can gain the tools and skills that you need to develop healthier drinking habits (moderation) or learn how to abstain completely. Call today or just fill out the contact form and press Send.