Here’s the thing. Your beliefs about yourself are absolutely, totally, and inextricably tied to your recovery.
Because recovery from addiction is only successful when we believe that we are valuable — that we are worth loving.
Because recovery from addiction is only possible when we dare to believe that others love and accept us, even when they know everything about us.
Because recovery from addiction requires us to trust others enough to ask for help.
And because recovery from addiction means we no longer have the need to escape from ourselves through some substance or behavior, since our greatest needs have been met in relationships with God and others.
So, if we are going to be successful in recovery, we must face our shame and find freedom from it.
–Melissa Haas, Emotions 101
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