Overwhelming shame prevents people from seeking treatment to overcome addiction. Rather than allowing professionals to assist in developing a solution, people choose to stay numb to emotional pain and fear of judgment. This perpetuates a cycle of distress and substance use- people stay stuck. Often this shame is a direct result of a departure from a values based life, thus the person attempts to keep their behaviors and habits hidden for fear of being seen.
According to Researcher and Storyteller, Brene Brown, in her TED Talk on The Power of Vulnerability, “Shame is understood as the fear of disconnection…and in order for connection to happen we have to allow ourselves to be seen.”
At The AToN Center, we understand that this is easier said than done. This is why we don’t use labels and provide an individually tailored treatment plan to each resident we serve using CBT, DBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, holistics and mindfulness. Connection requires a level of comfort and respect between clinician and resident.
The clinical team wants all of the residents at The AToN Center to feel safe to “be seen” and process their pain and shame while also being uplifted and inspired to be courageous. According to Brene Brown, “the courage to be imperfect” is to “tell the story of who you are with your whole heart”. Overcoming addiction requires our residents to go through, not around the pain and shame. We are honored to facilitate this courageous and vulnerable process.