Letting Go of the Shame of Alcoholism

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If you have struggled with addiction, you’ve likely encountered shame. Perhaps it is what drives you to over indulge in alcohol. Letting go can be an important step in recovery from alcoholism.

Here are a few ways to let go of shame:

  1. Recognize and acknowledge your feelings of shame. Allow yourself to feel the shame without trying to push it away or deny it. By acknowledging and accepting your feelings, you can begin to work through them.
  2. Identify the source of your shame. Think about the experiences or events that may have led to feelings of shame. Understanding the root cause of your shame can help you address and overcome it.
  3. Practice self-compassion and self-acceptance. Shame often arises from negative self-talk and a lack of self-compassion. Try to speak to yourself with kindness and understanding, and remind yourself that everyone makes mistakes and has flaws.
  4. Seek support from others. It can be helpful to talk to a trusted friend, family member, or therapist about your feelings. They can offer perspective, support, and advice for moving past shame.
  5. Challenge your negative beliefs and thoughts. Shame often arises from distorted or negative beliefs about oneself. Try to identify and challenge these beliefs, and replace them with more positive and realistic thoughts.
  6. Practice forgiveness. Remember that forgiveness can be a powerful tool. Try to let go of any grudges or resentment you may be holding onto, and forgive yourself for any past mistakes or shortcomings.
  7. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Engage in self-care activities that nourish your body and mind, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time in nature. This can help to reduce feelings of shame and promote a sense of well-being.

It is important to be kind to yourself.

You are doing the best you can with the tools and resources you have available, and it is okay to make mistakes and not be perfect. Be gentle and compassionate with yourself, and remember that you deserve love and care. You are deserving of happiness and fulfillment, and being kind to yourself is a crucial step towards achieving that.

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