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Recovery from Addiction Slowed by Guilt

Recovery from Guilt in Addiction - The Bergand Group

Unfortunately, it’s often at rock bottom that people realize things in their lives need to change. If not, there could be very dangerous consequences (certainly for themselves and often for others). “An addict will only change  when they want to, for themselves,” but that knowledge doesn’t make the recovery experience any easier for someone with an addiction.

How to Move past Blame and into Recovery after Addiction

Despite close-calls and/or seeing others go through very perilous situations, a lot of struggling addicts still have difficulty turning things around. This makes sense, considering the general nature of addiction and the chemical hold that it has on people. It doesn’t help that people already have a lot of self-destructive tendencies, so, sadly, it makes sense that those who are even more inclined to follow through with their questionable decisions will continue to do so… to a point.

“When you are doing anything, you don’t want someone you love to be doing, you’re engaging in self-sabotage.” Recognizing this is one of the first steps toward turning things around. Behaviors associated with self-sabotage include intentionally creating negativity within relationships, behaving poorly at work, and relapsing. To combat this, professionals suggest that you try and stay “self-constructive,” or that you should follow the part of your brain called the ego rather than the id (or, your base instincts).

‘Being critical’ often comes with negative connotations, but it can actually help you within recovery if you allow it to. You can change how this critical voice functions so that it is working with you and not against you. For example, thinking critically about why you feel a certain way can reveal that you were, perhaps, the victim of bullying or abuse, which lead you to use drugs. It could help you to understand that the addiction of a parent isn’t the fault of the child, letting you ‘off the hook’ for that guilt. Thinking rationally in this way allows you to take an objective approach to the intense feelings you experience and can maybe help you to move past them… and past your addiction.

Within yourself, there may be one or two things from the distant or recent past that seem to stick with you. It’s likely that they are negative, particularly if they in any way contribute to the reasons that you abuse drugs or alcohol. Hopefully, being able to isolate and identify these feelings can help you to speak more freely about them to others and to release yourself from the associated guilt.

“The kind of things we carry around often is so irrational. These all can be explored in therapy, where, hopefully, a resolution can be reached.” This is why the entire recovery process is crucial, from rehab to therapy and all the programs in between. It may begin with a commitment to turn things around, but that is just the start. 

If you are trying to keep your head above water while fighting an addiction, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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