psychic change

Social Reflections of Substance Abuse

One of the first caveats in overcoming addiction is self-reflection.  A person dependent on a substance will be asked to do some major introspection in treatment.  Successful treatment must start with an individual admitting they cannot control themselves.  12-step programs can help greatly as most of the steps focus on self-reflection followed by action.  After dealing with self, successful treatment …Read More

Leave Shame Behind You

Leave Shame Behind You

Shame is a toxic emotion; it has only negative effects on us. Shame is defined as “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” Sometimes, that “foolish” behavior is ours, and other times, it belongs to someone else. Either way, we feel a loss of respect or honor as a result. As …Read More