sober living and addiction

CHOOSING SOBER LIVING OR ADDICTION. WHICH WILL IT BE?

A faith filled perspective of life’s paradox. To understand Sober living and addiction and the paradoxes that the two extremes offer, consider that there are always, always at least two paths or highways you can take. One sobriety in our work. The other addiction and compulsion. One has a present and future. The other does not. There is always a way out, and in turn there is also always a way in. Sober living and addiction are so closely woven,…

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impulse control and addiction

Addiction and impulse control

When impulse controls you. You have problems controlling your impulses if you act too quickly on your feelings. With addiction and impulse control, you constantly suffer negative consequences because you act without careful thought.  If you had stopped to think, you would not have gotten into all that trouble.  Maybe you ended in jail, struck someone you cared for or just got drunk.  This set of exercises is for those people who lose control over their behaviour.  It outlines the…

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12 step addiction programme

What is a 12 step addiction programme

WHAT IS A 12 STEP ADDICTION PROGRAMME REALLY? A 12 step addiction programme is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. Originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism, the 12 step addiction programme was first published in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. As summarized by the American Psychological Association, the process involves the following: admitting that one cannot control one’s addiction or compulsion; recognizing an…

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Relapse danger signs

Relapse danger signs

Relapse Danger signs Many relapse danger signs warn us of a possible relapse.  If we do a weekly inventory of the danger signs listed in this section, we may be able to prevent some relapses. Recovery helps us develop healthy responses and attitudes.  We learn to deal with life on life’s terms, not on the unhealthy terms dictated by our disease. Recovery is not a single event, but a long and often difficult process.  It takes discipline – day in…

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emotions anonymous

Emotions anonymous and addiction

Call Now 082-442-4779 or email info@pathwaysplettrehab.co.za Addiction and emotions anonymous Emotional habits are the key to addiction. Such habits creep up on us, without us being aware of it, until we get to a point where nearly everything triggers the same response—fear, grief, or anger. Overwhelmed by these emotions, we seek relief—who wouldn’t—in some act or substance that can distract, divert, or deaden our feelings. The problem is that this “solution” is not one. It deals with the symptoms but…

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Feelings and depression

Understanding Feelings and depression

Feelings and depression by Dr. David Burns. Most of us would recognize classic signs of depression, with its heavy veil of sadness and hopelessness. But what if you just started getting stomach aches or were suddenly very snappy? Could you be depressed without knowing it? What about just feeling low? Feelings and depression are not as simply understood as one may think at first.  And then the big question, does depression cause addiction or does addiction cause depression? Id it that…

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Individualized Drug Addiction Rehab Centre

The Addiction Recovery Group

The Importance of the Addiction Recovery Group Adapted from Group psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom Addiction recovery requires intensive therapy in a single and group setting. Many people are afraid of talking in groups, but once they start their rehab recovery process, it becomes much less daunting. The more important the members consider the addiction recovery group, the more effective it becomes. I believe that the ideal therapeutic condition is present when clients consider their addiction recovery group meeting to be…

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Commitment in recovery

Commitment in recovery

Commitment in recovery from addiction You are capable of whatever you put your mind to, however you must remember that putting your mind to it is not enough. You need commitment in recovery. You need to walk it through with willingness. You need to take your thought and theory and put it into praxis, which is real, practical action. Commitment in recovery is not negotiable. Many, many people waste their time and money when they enter any kind of drug…

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Control in addiction

Control in addiction

  Characteristics of Controlling Behaviour Participants in a lottery experiment believed they had more control over the outcome if they chose their numbers rather than having them randomly assigned. People believe they are less likely to get into a car accident if they are driving than if they’re riding in the passenger seat. In the game of craps, gamblers tend to throw the dice harder when they need higher numbers, evidencing an implicit belief that with “skill” they can somehow…

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dishonesty in addiction

Dishonesty in addiction

 The Truth will set you free “Everybody at AA meetings keeps talking about the importance of dishonesty in addiction in all our relationships. Boy, I don’t know where to begin.  It’s been so long since I told the truth.” Dishonesty in addiction becomes a way of life for most alcoholics and addicts.  They lie to themselves and they lie to others. About feelings. About substance abuse. About money. About where they’ve been and what they’ve done.  Partly it’s a way of…

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