Working to break the cycle of addiction in our own lives, our families and our communities, is some of the hardest work we’ll ever do. We’re put to the ultimate test – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. There are some ways in which we can help ourselves, and each other, break the toxic and destructive cycles of addiction.
Removing the shame
Shame is one of the most debilitating and paralyzing emotions we cling to when living with addiction. Shame keeps us stuck, unable to move forward. It blocks the healthy flow of emotions within us and keeps us from getting the help we need. It keeps us from opening up to other people and sharing our stories, which can help us process our experiences and learn from them. When we feel ashamed, we hinder our healing progress. Healing our shame can help us to shift ourselves out of this stagnant, fearful place we’ve been stuck in. It can help us to connect with other people, allowing us to learn from each other and help one another. It allows us to feel empowered to reach out for help.
Shedding the stigma
A lot of the shame we feel is due to how stigmatized addiction still is in our culture. Addiction is associated with immorality, with poverty and homelessness, with shamefulness and deceitfulness. The stigma that prevails around addiction keeps people silent and afraid to disclose when they have a problem. It blocks their ability to ask for help when they need it the most. It makes people feel inadequate. It’s a dehumanizing element of our culture that we must work to shed. Without stigma, people can feel comfortable with themselves, rather than ashamed and embarrassed. They can break free from the chains our culture has imposed upon them.
Any time we reach out for support, we’re taking an important step in breaking the cycle of addiction. We’re deciding not to let shame and stigma hold us back anymore. We’re confronting ourselves, our pain and fears, openly and honestly. We’re mustering our courage to do what’s best for ourselves, for the good of our lives, our families and communities.
When we increase our mindfulness, we stop patterns from repeating unconsciously. We tend to operate on autopilot, perpetuating destructive habits and cycles that we often aren’t aware of. Many of us inherited these patterns from our families, who also weren’t conscious of them. Mindfulness helps us to face these things head on, rather than continuing to avoid and deny them.
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