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How is shame related to addiction?

How is shame related to addiction?

Shame is a painful feeling that many people experience at some point in their lives. Find out how it is related to addiction in this article from Confidant Health.

Our Culture's Perspective on People with Addiction

"Addict" is a stigmatizing word frequently used in our culture to define people who experience addiction. The prejudice against these individuals is widespread. They are viewed as untrustworthy and criminal, which deepens the shame that they experience. This attitude does not recognize the potential for recovery. 

Shame can create a cycle of drug use that becomes difficult to overcome. The more shame someone feels, the harder it is to avoid using a drug to escape that feeling. 

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This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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