How Shame can Fuel a Drug Problem

There are many factors that contribute to addiction. A problem in one area of our lives such as health, work, or school, can lead to problems in other areas, and as a coping mechanism, many people turn to drugs and alcohol. The shame that follows such behaviors can also be a factor in the increase in substance abuse. 

Shame is more than just feeling guilty. When someone feels shame, they feel guilty and embarrassed too. It hurts and can leave people feeling very vulnerable and even many develop feelings of hopelessness. Feeling ashamed can also make a drug or alcohol problem worse, especially if that person is too embarrassed to get help. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a strong support system and many people go through the traumatic ordeal of facing addiction alone. Sometimes the guilt and shame is so strong that a person breaks ties with loved ones and falls into a life of fear and isolation, so as not to disappoint the people around them. Shame can make a person hate themselves and even develop self-destructive behaviors. It is important to let loved ones know about a drug or alcohol problem and allow them to find ways to help. Fear, shame and guilt are breeding grounds for worsening a substance abuse problem.

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease; there is nothing to be ashamed of. There are a lot of people struggling with the disease of addiction not seeking treatment because of the shame they feel and the stigma that is still in this day and age out there. Shame and guilt can cause addicts to keep secrets and when suffering from addiction, one of the worse things a person can do is let the fear of judgment cause them to stay quiet, and not reach out for help. If you or someone you know is seeking addiction treatment call Florida Center for Recovery. Our Fort Pierce, FL location has provided drug and alcohol detox for over 15 years also offering all-inclusive residential detox on our 12-acre private facility.