While we often forget the reality of the situation, we have to remember that addicts do legitimately feel bad about their behavior and are fully aware that they are inflicting pain on themselves and their loved ones. Ultimately, the resulting feelings of depression and shame can trigger more addiction episodes, driving the victim further and further into the bowels of insanity. At times, drug addicts and alcoholics feel so hopeless that they wonder how they will dig out of this hole. If you have suffered through this problem, then you know that there is always hope on the horizon. Feeling sad or ashamed means you have a conscience and have a loving heart. Nevertheless, this overwhelming anguish can be crippling, especially when you have set out on the road to healing. Here is how you can overcome your feelings of guilt and shame during rehab and recovery.
Guilt and Shame Are Natural
Ultimately, you do not need to be concerned about your emotions. Feelings of guilt and shame are living proof that you have a conscience and feel love and concern toward your family and friends. Just remember, psychopathic and sociopathic people do not express these emotions whatsoever. Being an addict does not make you a bad person. Still, these feelings of remorse can still wreak havoc on your mind and body. Here are some examples of behavioral problems stemming from guilt and shame:
- Overwhelming sense of insecurity and disgrace
- A terrible feeling of hopelessness and inadequacy
- Feeling that you are not worthy of love
- Being hateful or exhibiting disgust towards yourself
Coping Mechanisms for Your Emotions
Despite your overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame, there are ways you can cope with your distraught sense of self-loathing. Here are some coping mechanisms to keep in mind:
- Identify the source of your guilty feelings.
- Talk to your sponsor or therapist about your shame.
- Try to forgive yourself for your problems.
- Stop holding onto the past and think about the present.
- Completely change your habits and take on new activities.
- Apologize to all the people you feel that you have wronged (including yourself).
Always remember that drugs and alcohol do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction troubles today.