Shame in Recovery

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a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
"she was hot with shame"
humiliation, mortification, chagrin, ignominy, loss of face, shamefacedness, embarrassment, indignity, abashment, discomfort, discomfiture, discomposure 

Hi, it's Dermot again. If you read my last blog from 10th May, you will know that this is a follow up to that blog and part of a "Recovery from Addiction Series", If not read on:


Shame in early recovery can be extremely paralyzing as suddenly without the cover of your drug of choice or alcohol you are raw. People feel humiliated having to acknowledge or admit that are alcoholic, they don't want to be seen at AA meetings or have anything to do with other people in recovery. AA covers this by promoting anonymity & confidentiality. This is to protect people and also make it more attractive for people to join.

Shame though is just a form of pride, and you've heard the saying: "Pride Goes Before A Fall", thus to maintain your recovery you have to process and let go of your shame.

An example of the insanity of shame in recovery is people who are mortified for anyone to know they are in recovery, but thought nothing about falling about the place in a drunken stupor, for all to see. 

Shame and addiction

Shame is deep-rooted, and not always our fault, unlike Guilt, which takes an action from us.

Shame and Addiction go hand in hand.

Where one leads the other must follow.

Both exist behind the wall of Denial.

Not to be exposed

Shame hides behind Masks, just as addiction does.

Hidden by what it is not:
-  Rage.
-  Indifference.
-  Need to Control.
-  Depression.

-  Obsession.
-  Panic.
-  Flight.

Without chemicals

We are very vulnerable in early recovery if we don’t begin to deal with our Shame.

Getting back to basics.

Facing our own Fears.

If we don’t deal with our Shame, we will drink or use again.

Living Death

Irrational Beliefs that appear very real.

The Vicious Circle.

Self Rejection.


Giving up Control.

Combating shame


Get a sponsor.

Do a step one.

Continued therapy.

Shame &  Spirituality

You cannot find a Spiritual awakening if you have shame.

Has God Forgotten Us?

Do we trust God?

Am I alone.

Be gentle with yourself.


*I am a Child of God and I deserve Love, Peace, Serenity, and Prosperity.

*I am Loved because I deserve Love.

*I forgive myself for hurting myself and others.

*I forgive myself for letting others hurt me.

*I forgive myself for accepting sex when I wanted to love.

*I am willing to accept Love.

*I am not alone, I am one with God and the Universe.

*I am whole and good.

*I am innocent and totally deserving of love unconditionally.

*I am capable of changing.

*Just for Today, I will respect my own and others’ boundaries.

*Just for Today, I will be vulnerable with someone I trust.

*Just for Today, I will take one compliment and hold it in my heart for more than just a fleeting moment. I will let someone nurture me.

*Just for Today, I will act in a way that I would admire in someone else.

My Next Blog is on Spirituality

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Recovery is about growth and everyone does grow at a different pace. My advice to anyone in early recovery is to wait at least 2 years before making any major life-changing decisions that might have emotional ramifications. An example: get a mortgage, get married, change career, emigrate. In light of this everyone has dreams and we all do want to better our lives in one way or another, so it is important in early recovery to start to put those dreams into reality by creating achievable goals which can be reached in time. I found in my early recovery, although I had dreams, I wasn’t aware of creating goals and my life unfolded by default. It turned out well for me but had I had clear goals, I do feel that it would have been even better.

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