How can I get over my shame and guilt about being addicted to alcohol/drugs?

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How can I get over my shame and guilt about being addicted to alcohol/drugs?

You won't get over it. But you WILL get through it. Learn to put the past IN the past, and accept the things you cannot change. If you need to make an in-person apology to those you hurt, do so sincerely and without "dramatics." A simple "I know how much I hurt you, and I'm so very sorry." Forgive yourself for your human mistakes. No one wants to become an addict. Yes, to a large degree you caused your addiction. But once the disease took hold, you were feeling powerless to overcome it. Now that you're sober, reach out to others who are still suffering and help them, as others helped you along the road to sobriety.

   

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