Shame refers to the underlying belief that we are not good enough, not worthy, or lacking in some way. In order to avoid the negative feeling of shame, people often turn to substances or other unhealthy coping mechanisms. Unfortunately, many people in recovery struggle to overcome feelings of shame and it serves as a roadblock to successful recovery efforts. When we learn to let go of shame, we open ourselves up to the possibility of acceptance, confidence, and feelings of worthiness.
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Ali Devine, SAC-IT, Intern