“…Because addicted individuals generally possess such strong feelings of shame, embarrassment and self-loathing, it is extremely curative when they learn that they can be viewed by others in a positive manner.
…Shame, a more profound feeling all alcoholics and addicts (saddicts) struggle with implies “I feel bad because of what I am.” Addiction from this view implies that group therapy must enhance the self understanding and the acceptance that one is worthwhile despite their strong feelings of self loathing and self-hatred. (The Depressed Anonymous Fellowship Group. ED) ….before a person can be healed, they have to know they can heal another. …It is this opportunity to learn that one has the ability to help another in being a healer which supports the use of group psychotherapy. In fact, this is the very same principle which AA (DA) applies within the Twelfth Step of its Twelve Step program for recovery. The alcoholic and the addict (saddict) maintains their own sobriety by helping another alcoholic get sober.” Source excerpts: Group Psychotherapy with Addicted Populations. , (1988) Flores, Phillip J., The Haworth Press. NY
Likewise, the person depressed has a better chance of overcoming depression when they hear someone else, with the same situation, feeling better and overcoming their depression.
SOURCE: Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications.Louisville.