Article by Philip Johnson
Addictions and Recovery
Addictions have several defining characteristics.
There are usually psychological, biological and societal influences which contribute drug addiction.
Which ones influence the most is open to debate.
Addictions are sometimes not recognised as harmful. If a behaviour is rewarding it is often difficult to recognise as harmful or potentially harmful.
choosingchange offers psychological counselling for addictions. Working toward reducing harm by modifying behaviour can contribute to eventual abstinence. However, some people merely wish to lessen reliance on addictive behaviour.
Attitude, why it is so important...
People who manage to change their addictive behaviour are more than likely to have an attitude that is accepting of the fact that they are addicted but that that they can change their habits. "I am addicted... I want this to change."
Keeping your goals in line with your ability and understanding immensely helps the capacity to change. Process is another word for journey... for living and that is what we discuss. What is your life path and what goals and expectations do you have, excite you.
Recovery from addiction is best viewed as a process and in a continuum. Relapse often occurs during a curative process in addictions. View the relapsing nature of addiction as part of the process and much heartache is saved. Learning from relapse is often a very positive force in the process.
Who Is Vulnerable To Addiction?
Addiction vulnerability is indicated by several factors, including —
Dealing with unhelpful drug & alcohol abuse
Whatever the drug (alcohol, marijuana, speed, cocaine) if it is hindering getting on with life it is considered unhelpful. There are many things you can do to change unhelpful drug-related behaviour.
More information can be found on the: choosingchange site
2 Nov 2010
Last Update: 23 Apr 2012
Article/Information supplied by Philip Johnson
Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.