How to overcome shame in seeking help?

Posted on July 3, 2018

Shame is commonly experienced by people with addictions, and can be a roadblock to recovery from mental disorders. Being ashamed of oneself can hinder self-acceptance and getting help. People feel ashamed of themselves when they feel inadequate and this is particularly evident in people with addiction issues.

When our self-esteem is negatively affected, we start to feel inferior. Only 10 percent of the US people who suffer from addictions actually seek treatment, with shame being the primary reason.

It is crucial to release shame in order for recovery to take place. Here are the essential steps to release shame:

1) Identify past highlights of your life that led to shame

2) Identify your strengths and weaknesses and embrace them

3) Identify perpetuating factors in feeling shame

4) View failures as a chance to succeed in future

5) Do not be afraid to ask for help

Category(s):Addictions, Mental Health in Asia, Self-Confidence

Source material from Psychology Today

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