Role of shame in women’s recovery from alcoholism: The impact of childhood sexual abuse

This study compares the recovery experience of female members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) who reported a history of childhood sexual abuse (68 percent) with those who did not report experiencing childhood sexual abuse.

A sample of 53 women was obtained from AA.

A significant relationship was found between shame and two measures of difficulties in recovery,

  • problems in social adjustment and
  • relapse.

Though the hypothesis that experiences of child sexual abuse predicted difficulty in recovery was not supported, these data suggest that shame may be an important variable in both the etiology and treatment of alcoholism in women.

Research; Wiechelt, S.A.; Sales, E. Role of shame in women’s recovery from alcoholism: The impact of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1(4):101-116, 2001.
Healing the Shame that Binds You: Recovery Classics Edition (Recovery Classics)
by John Bradshaw

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