Drug Addiction Therapy: Breaking Through Shame For Full Recovery

Drug Addiction Treatment | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comShame is a common emotional response in adult children of alcoholic parents. When children grow up in a home filled with an unspoken addiction, it often creates a strong sense of vulnerability, helplessness, and feelings of inadequacy. Other homes in which shame can easily develop are when children grow up with depressed parents, abuse, oppression, or a death in the family.

Having to hide anything is the quintessential element of shame. Whether it’s your thoughts, feelings, mood, or the very essence of who you are, if you’re hiding a part of yourself, you’re likely experiencing shame. According to Marilyn Sorenson, PhD, author of “Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem” and clinical psychologist, guilt is a feeling of having done something wrong while shame is the feeling of being something wrong. Shame penetrates down the very core of who you are.

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Addiction Help: Abused Children Are More At Risk for Addiction In Adulthood

Addiction Help | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comPerhaps it doesn’t come as a surprise to know that when a child has been abused in their family of origin, he or she is more vulnerable to developing an addiction to either drugs or alcohol. Studies related to drug addiction treatment show that adults who were abused as children tend to perceive the use of alcohol or drugs as a positive experience and were not able to identify the risks associated with substance use. Also, in the year 2000, there were over 2.7 million children who were reported as being abused, and of these cases, 879,000 confirmed the presence of some form of abuse.

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Drug Addiction Treatment: Healing Distorted Thought Patterns – Part Two

Drug Addiction Treatment | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comThis article is the second in a two part series on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), often used in drug addiction treatment. The first part of this series provided an overview of this treatment method. This article will explore CBT’s Thought Diary, a tool that individuals use to monitor their thoughts in order to be able to change them, which is necessary in healing.

A Thought Diary is a documentation tool for monitoring feelings of anxiety, fear, hurt, anger, shame, guilt, or sadness. Along with noting when and where these feelings were experienced, a recovering addict would also write down the associated thought he or she had with that feeling, in a particular situation.  Doing this can create lasting change. For instance, reflecting on the self-talk one had during a specific situation can lead to finding those thoughts that are harmful and self-defeating.

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