Here's a quote I totally agree with:
"Attempting to 'wake people up' by shaming them--an approach that runs deep in American attitudes and folklore--in fact fails far more often than it succeeds." Humiliation, shaming, and intense confrontation are commonly used in many addiction treatment programs in the Prescott area, according to clients and staff that I have worked with. I've also heard of therapists in private practice using these sorts of abusive "techniques." Know that this sort of treatment really has no place in humane, respectful, and therapeutic interactions.
Check out the Health and Behavior section of Pacific Standard Magazine online. They have some really cool articles.