Behaviors that a person engages in during active addiction can often have a negative impact on self-image and self-esteem. They can lead a person to believe that they are “bad” or “weak”. These beliefs can further fuel the addictive-based cycle of “Toxic Shame”. Guilt is healthy remorse for what a person does in active addiction, while shame is feeling bad about whom a person is.
- Understanding the difference between behavior and identity
- Sharing shame-based feelings with others
- Attending peer support groups
- Experiencing painful feelings
- Developing more accurate thinking using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Working to resolve grief and loss
- Corrective experiences