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Does guilt play a role in drug or alcohol addiction?
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Dr. Mark Shukhman
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: No
If you're asking if make somebody feel guilty will help him/her to stop drinking or using, then the answer is 99% no.
If you're asking whether some people use because he feels guilty, then the answer is: very possible, but clearly not the only reason. Find a good therapist, both for the patient and for the family. The problem most of the times is a family problem, even if you don't think so.

In brief: No
If you're asking if make somebody feel guilty will help him/her to stop drinking or using, then the answer is 99% no.
If you're asking whether some people use because he feels guilty, then the answer is: very possible, but clearly not the only reason. Find a good therapist, both for the patient and for the family. The problem most of the times is a family problem, even if you don't think so.
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