The Addict's Dilemna
"Addictive behavior attempts to repair a state of bad feeling
but is a Faustian Bargain that perpetuates itself and often asks
the ultimate price. Addiction can be compared to an unhealthy,
fanatical love." Abstract of article.
Addiction and Its Mechanisms
"Harmful and ultimately painful addictive behaviors
require a bodyguard of lies, distortions, and psychotic denial
to fend off the natural corrective consequences of cognitive and
behavioral dissonance resulting from addiction." From
Addiction, Lies and Relationships
"As the addictive process claims more of the addict's self
and lifeworld his addiction becomes his primary relationship to
the detriment of all others. " From the article.
Alcohol Addiction: A Psychobiological
Drug Therapy of Alcohol
Antabuse, Odansetron, ReVia(naltrexone)
Excuses Alcoholics Make
"By the time a chronic addictive process such as alcoholism
has become frankly problematic it has invariably acquired a complex
and sophisticated array of psychological defense mechanisms aimed
at protecting its continued existence by minimizing the cognitive
dissonance the addict experiences as a result of his progressively
irrational self- and usually other- harmful behavior." From
The Experience of Loss
and Deprivation in Early Recovery From Addiction
"The early stage of recovery from a serious addiction such
as alcoholism is usually experienced by the addict, not as recovery,
but instead as loss, deprivation or even punishment. For the addict,
the un-addicted life rarely seems worth living. And the prospect
of a life without his addiction often seems to him like a cruel
jest when it is dignified with what to him is the ridiculous name
of recovery." From the article.
The Female Partner of the
may be as hard or even harder than drinking for the alcoholic
because it reveals so many problems that were obscured by the
family«s focus on alcohol. Denial remains as strong as ever as
the family has to face the harsh realities of delusion, illusion
and collusion that have dominated its reality during drinking
and that are now revealed during the period of abstinence. "
Getting Away With Addiction?
"Addiction is its own consequence because addiction distorts
and stereotypes the psyche of the addict by enslaving the self
to a false and unhealthy center -addiction- from which all radii
subsequently emanate and around which the circumference of the
addicted self is henceforth constructed and maintained."
Intervention for Alcoholism and Addiction
"The technique of intervention gives those who care
about the alcoholic-addict a tool and a forum by which they can
express their concern in a structured, focused format that often
leads to the first step in the direction of recovery."
Obstacles to Recovery From Addiction
"The principal obstacles to recovery from any addiction
are ignorance, shame, dishonesty, and personal exceptionalism.
"Unfortunately for the addict these roadblocks to recovery
are almost always cleverly situated and sited like military forts
to provide mutual support in fending off all attempts at recovery."
Prescription Drug Abuse
discussion of concepts, treatment, resources.
Prolegomenon to the Metaphysics
"Entering the world of recovery from addiction can be like
exploring a vast, frightening and unknown continent without maps,
guides or landmarks of any kind - despite the fact such such maps,
guides and landmarks exist in bounteous plenty if only those in
need of them were able and willing to make use of them. But usually
it is not so; and the perplexed alcoholic or addict, a rugged
and defiant individualist to the end typically insists upon making
and discovering his own way."
Resistances to AA Attendance
"Given all of the powerful obstacles and resistances to
AA attendance and acceptance, the wonder is not that so many alcoholics
refuse to go to meetings or, if they go, decline to return - but
that any at all do so and that at least some of these keep going
back until they are able to connect with the program and begin
to receive help from it."
What is Recovery?
"Recovery at its simplest and indeed in its essence is about
nothing more or less than the recovery of life itself. It is about
getting back something of value(life), not merely giving up something
that is strongly desired(addiction)."
Why Is Recovery So Hard?
"Addiction invades and destroys the self the way a malignant
tumor invades and destroys the body."
Worried Sick About His Drinking?
"The wife of the drinking alcoholic believes herself to
be in a troubled relationship with the person who drinks too much.
But, at least in the more advanced cases, she is actually in
a relationship with the addictive process itself. "
Your First AA Meeting: An Unofficial
Guide for the Perplexed
"Practically nobody looks forward to going to their first
AA meeting. In most cases this in fact is an occasion of shame,
dread and despair. The majority of individuals going to AA for the
first time are doing so reluctantly, either because they have promised
someone else to go or because they have been directed to attend
by a judge, an employer, a therapist or an addictions treatment
program. Even first timers who "go on their own" are usually
in an intensely ambivalent and negative state. Nobody wishes to
require the help that is provided by AA, and as a result virtually
everyone attending their first meeting wishes that they were someplace
else doing something else."
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