Called into Recovery

Recovery has been along and painful journey. In 1997, a counselor told me I carried Toxic Shame. I couldn't grasp what it meant. I read books on it and pondered on it until two years ago, I finally was able to grasp that subconsciously I had the constant feelings and thoughts about myself of being inadequate, inferior, not good enough, not lovable, not wanted, not likable, something is wrong with me, why can't I fit in, etc. while being in a group of friends or family or work associates, or parties. I learned that I would isolate myself within a group of people and withdraw inward with a huge weight on my chest that was very painful. I did not know what it was or how to deal with it. I just sat in my pain of the unknown within myself. I now have at least recognized what is going on, but have no idea how to heal my wounds of toxic shame.

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Nov 28, 2016
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by: Don

Hello CiR,

Very good! "How to heal?" is the right question to ask after one can see the wounds. There are a lot of pages on this website devoted to answering that question -- so much so that it can get overwhelming trying to find a place to start. Not to mention the triggering that happens when we begin to look inward!

Reaching out like this is ALWAYS a great place to start... In fact, if you or anyone else ever feel stuck, please do not hesitate to email us your question or set up a free 20 minute telephone consultation to talk about it.

With Regards,
Don Carter, MSW, LCSW

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