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The holidays are upon us, and stress and anxiety are in full swing. Attending parties, going to family gatherings, clea...
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Thirty years ago, I was introduced recovery. It was not long after my 27th birthday. Because I come from generations of families that had at least one practicing alcoholic, I made it my mission to learn as much as I could about the disease of addiction. The first book I read on the topic is titled, "Under the Influence." The book today is just as enlightening and relevant as it was three decades ago. I encourage all of my clients with a family history of addiction to read this ground-breaking book. And I encourage fellow collegues who do not embrace a family systems approach to therapy to read it as well.
Long before the psychological community adopted a family systems view of counseling, the addiction community emphasized the importance of including family members of addicts in the treatment process. The 12-step community already had Alanon and Adult Children of Alcoholics groups to support the family. Modern-day rehab facilities lagged far behind this grass-root ef...
The holidays are upon us, and so is drinking, drugging, and acting crazy. Dinner at Aunt Edna’s where she talks non-stop about her personal life. Another family member drinking and passing out in the mashed potatoes. OR its the dreaded holiday party where the alcohol flows and everyone is getting frisky with each other, only to regret it in the morning.
So what is a person to do?
HIRE A SOBER COACH OR SOBER COMPANION!
They can help get you through the holiday stress! We offer sessions via phone (hourly), in person, or 12 and 24 hour blocks of time to get you through the event. We can coach you remotely, and be available to you as the needs arise. We can even go to the event with you and assist you in getting through it. Holiday parties, weddings, etc. are our specialty.
Click on our link ‘sober companions’ to see our staff.
Every year in the U.S., 120,000 people die of addiction. That’s 350 a day.
Desperate to save the life of an addict, a parent, family member or friend will turn to obvious treatment -enter a “rehab facility”. But what is the definition of a rehab?
Turns out, there’s no standard definition of it; instead it’s a generic word for a wide variety of treatments, including some that are outrageous. Exorcism? Tough-love programs in which patients are made to scrub bathroom tiles with a toothbrush or cut grass with scissors? Even in more-typical rehabilitation programs, patients are not seen by licensed practitioners — no doctors or psychologists — only self-anointed “experts” with no training or credentials, unless you count their own recoveries from addiction to heroin, alcohol or other drugs.
No one actually knows how often treatment works, but an oft-quoted number of those who abstain from using for a year after rehab is 30%. Even that...
Persons in recovery from addictive disorders such as drug or alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, internet/gaming addictions, as well as those recovering from the effects of a relationship with an addicted individual, tend to be especially vulnerable to emotional upsets during the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving, and continuing through Christmas, Hannukah, and the New Year observances. These emotionally trying times can lead to relapse into active addiction, if not prepared for. Here are some ideas that may be helpful:
1) A holiday need have only the emotional impact that you allow it to have. In other words, the individual has a lot of control over how he/she thinks about the holiday and the resulting emotions. Begin thinking about the particular day, for example, New Years Eve, as just another 24 hours of recovery during which you need to stay abstinent, sober, or emotionally balanced.
2) The recovery tool that I believe to be very helpful here is living one day at a tim...
At this particular stage, the addict's life is breaking down emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. this situation breakdown is due to the stress and anxiety created by the acting out. The acting out no longer brings about pleasure and the pain is simply unavoidable. The addict may start acting in ways they never thought possible and they get to a point where their own conduct begins to alarm them. By this particular point the addict will not actually be able to break the addictive process without having some type of intervention(loved ones, job, legal).
The lifestyle of the addict ends up being a ritual and they cling to a very fixed way of living. They will end up being extremely uneasy with any type of change. The anxiety of the unfamiliar is too much to handle. The addict ends up being more comfortable with the pain because at the very least it's familiar. New scenarios become a nightmare for the addict (this includes treatment).
The addict at this stage has numerous ...
Alcohol and Drug Addiction- Stage One
During the initial stage of addiction the addicts' character is permanently altered. The basic illusion addiction is founded on is discovering alleviation via substances. The journey commences when the addict experiences the first high/mood change. In the mood change there is the illusion of control, convenience, and perfection.
- Compulsive gamblers = first win
- Compulsive spenders = purchase
- Alcoholics = intoxicated for the initial time, really feel different
- Anorexics = sense of control brought about by way of not eating
Having these encounters brings the awareness that through an attachment with a substance, event, or substance, one's moods can change. Individuals turn to natural relationships for support, caring, direction, love, and emotional and spiritual growth.
EX) Loved ones and friends, Spiritual Higher Power, Self, Community
When individuals don't establish these types of connections, dependency comes in. Within natural relation...
Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, its negative effect on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder develops. Gradually, the addict usually has to redouble the obsessive behavior to obtain the same results.
For many sex addicts, conduct does not progress further than compulsive masturbation or the extensive use of pornography or phone or computer sex services. For others, addiction can involve illegal activities such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, profane phone calls, child molestation or rape.
Sex addicts do not necessarily turn into sex offenders. Moreover, not every sex offenders are sex addicts. Roughly 55 percent of convicted sex offenders can be deemed sex addicts.
About 71 percent of child molesters are sex addicts. For many, their problems are so severe that imprisonment is the only way to guarantee society's safety against them.
Society has accepted ...
In George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, the Devil asks Don Juan why he bothers learning about himself and his core motivation. Don Juan replies: "Why, to be able to choose the line of greatest advantage instead of yielding in the direction of the least resistance. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift, to be in heaven is to steer."
If you do not steer, your actions will be dependent upon the cause-and-effect principles that define the path of least resistance, rather than by your interests and principles. For example, the Problem of Immediate Gratification [the PIG] refers to the principle that a small but immediate payoff has a much greater influence on motivation, and behavior, than a larger but delayed payoff. The PIG tricks people — even those who know better — to trade what is dear to them [health, wealth, relationships] for the trivial but immediate payoff of using an addictive incentive.
While escaping an addictive trap is much more diffic...
The holidays are upon us, and stress and anxiety are in full swing. Attending parties, going to family gatherings, cleaning the house, working, dealing with the kids, dealing with the family. All of it leads to high stress. Add in buying gifts, wrapping, long lines, short tempers and lots of angry people this season and it becomes one big recipe for disaster. If you are trying to stay sober, it only makes the stress worse. So what do you do? You hire a stress and anxiety coach! Let her assist you in reducing the stress and anxiety and help you deal with the crazy family at gatherings.
Here are 3 quick tips you can do to reduce stress:
1. Plan Ahead Spend one or two hours and prepare a list of everything that needs to be accomplished between now and the holidays. Start crossing items off the list over the next 25 days. The list will seem more manageable if you do not wait until the last minute and rush to get it ...
As a psychotherapist in San Jose, California, I have a lot of clients ask me what addiction does to the brain. Through all of the research done about drug addiction and its affects on the brain, one can see how drug addiction is considered a brain disease. Drug addiction is a disabling disease and can ruin a person's life. By taking drugs, a person's brain becomes rewired to tolerate high amounts of dopamine neurotransmitters, but once those high amounts of dopamine cease to exist, the person experiences withdrawal symptoms. However, there are ways drug addicts can control their drug intake by using classical conditioning techniques, which allows them to associate drugs with negative attributes.
For some time, researchers have suggested that addiction may be a brain disease. The latest research indicates that addiction disrupts brain circuitry. Studies at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National ...
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