Understanding Relapse

Many people I work with have often been successful at maintaining some sort of long-term sobriety/abstinence from alcohol or drugs. If you participate in AA/NA, getting your one month chip is often described as exhilarating. There is a boost in self-confidence and hope in one’s ability to regain control of one’s life. But something happens … Continue reading Understanding Relapse

Relationship Addiction

So the question is can relationships be addictive? Many of us have known one of those couples who keep breaking up only to then make up, again and again. This can be very confusing to us watching from the side lines. Can you make up your mind already? Didn’t you want to kill that person … Continue reading Relationship Addiction

NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Since I believe that addictive behaviors have a obsessive-compulsive nature I thought this info would be useful. This was taken from the National Institute of Mental Health publication on Anxiety Disorders @ http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/complete-index.shtml NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. “I couldn’t do anything without rituals. They invaded every aspect of my life. Counting really bogged me down. … Continue reading NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

It’s A Matter Of Love And Death

For someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs, that pill or joint or line of cocaine, that glass of wine, beer is the object of one’s desire. When you’re addicted you LOVE that glass of wine, that glass of wine is your best friend, you miss it when it’s not there, you panic when … Continue reading It’s A Matter Of Love And Death

Addictive behaviors

When someone is compulsively obsessed with any activity, substance, object, or behavior that gives him/her pleasure we can say they are engaging in addictive behaviors. In the case of drugs, there is a chemical dependence that occurs, which has several components but basically means that if you stop using the drug you will experience negative … Continue reading Addictive behaviors