recovery and defence mechanisms

Drugs and recovery defence mechanisms

The ego and the defences we use in addiction When we make conflicting demands upon the poor ego, it is understandable if you feel threatened, feel overwhelmed, feel as if it were about to collapse under the weight of it all.  This feeling is called anxiety, or a state of tension or stress and it serves as a signal to the ego that its survival is in jeopardy. This is a base, need to know, fact about recovery defence mechanisms. When…

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gambling as an addiction

Help for Gambling Addiction

Understanding Gambling Addiction In 2010, a cognitive neuroscientist named Reza Habib asked twenty-two people to lie inside an MRI and watch a slot machine spin around and around. In Charles Duigg’s book about breaking habits he details something that is very interesting when it comes to gambling addiction. Half of the participants were “pathological gamblers”—people who had lied to their families about their gambling, missed work to gamble, or had bounced checks at a casino—while the other half were people who…

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Good substance abuse programmes

Call Now 082-442-4779 or email info@pathwaysplettrehab.co.za About a substance abuse programmes Let’s face it. In the 12 steps, especially step ten we focus on self-discipline, honesty and integrity. These are foreign terms to many caught up in the web of drug and alcohol addiction. Good substance abuse programmes teach integrity and honesty in place of these old behaviors. But to do so they need to be able to connect to their clients on a personal and emotional level. So when you…

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benefits of addiction recovery

The benefits of addiction recovery

Benefits of addiction recovery may seem obvious at first to some. Others not quite so apparent. Why give up alcohol or drugs some often say? What’s the point? Well, that is answered pretty much here, as we look at the benefits of addiction recovery through what AA calls the promises of recovery. They go as far as to say, if you painstakingly commit to the process of a sober life in recovery, that you will gain certain things. They then…

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Add and Addiction Treatment

ADD Addiction Treatment

THE FEEL OF ADD First take a look at the symptomology of ADD, and then we will see how it applies to the addiction of alcohol, drugs and other forms of escape and distraction. ADD Addiction Treatment  stats show us that ADD manifests itself into adulthood just less than half the time. Some people however believe this figure to be much lower. There is however a very strong, marked connection between ADD and addiction. Most people who don’t have ADD…

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double bind of addiction

The double bind of addiction

Pathways Drug Addiction Rehab Centre Call Now 082-442-4779 or email info@pathwaysplettrehab.co.za The double bind of addiction is an emotionally distressing dilemma in communication in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, and one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other (and vice versa), so that the person will automatically be wrong regardless of response. The double bind of addiction occurs when the person cannot confront the…

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adult addiction

The pain of adult addiction

Adult addiction and learning  Learning is the act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information. Adult addiction has been likened to a learning disorder. You can read about that here. Nevertheless, there is a lot to learn about addiction for both users and carers alike. There is a lot we don’t know. Then even more we think we know, that perhaps needs to change. So, how…

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Is addiction a learning disorder?

Call Now 082-442-4779 Is addiction actually a kind of learning disorder? Maia Szalavitz in her book about addiction as a learning disorder, argues here that, fundamentally, addiction is a learning disorder. She is by no means the first to make this call. One just needs to Google the hypothesis and a ton of useful information leaps up at you and begs decent questions. There are three critical elements to it: the behaviour has a psychological purpose, the specific learning pathways…

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Practicing Sobriety 

Call Us Now 082-442-4779 Living Clean When we talk about practicing sobriety and the principles of recovery in all our affairs, the key word is “practice.” We just need to keep trying to apply spiritual principles to our lives, not be able to do it perfectly in every situation. The spiritual benefits we derive from working this step depend on our effort, not our success. For instance, we try to practicing sobriety through the principle of compassion in every situation…

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Honest addiction recovery

Call Us Now 082-442-4779 Why honesty is so important in addiction recovery Addicts tell lies more often than they tell the truth. “I’m not hurting anyone.” “I can stop any time.” Deception becomes so second nature, addicts will lie even when it’s just as easy to tell the truth. Many don’t even realize they’re fibbing or that other people see through the façade until they find an honest addiction recovery to work instead. Living a double life is exhausting, so why…

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