Everyone who has suffered from addiction has done things they feel guilt over. And on some level, this is normal and healthy: guilt can drive us to do better. It’s when guilt turns into shame — punishing ourselves continuously, declaring ourselves bad or irredeemable — that it becomes a problem.
Though it might not seem like it, as someone in recovery, you’re in a position to be a role model. You’ve overcome a lot of obstacles, and you’re living proof that a person can face some real challenges and come through the other side.