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Dealing with Guilt in Your Recovery

Guilt motivates some people to change; they feel bad about their behaviors and they want these feelings to stop, so they change, and make amends.
 
Shame, however, often paralyzes people. Their distorted opinion of themselves leads them to believe that no one could forgive them for their actions; they think they are so worthless and undeserving of absolution that they often do not try to make amends.

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