Substance Abuse

20 Lies Addicts Say to Justify their Addiction

by on October 7, 2018

Angel came into counseling knowing that something was wrong but not knowing what it was. After being married for seven years, he noticed his wife became more secretive and distant. Money from their savings account was missing and unaccounted for, his wife would disappear frustrated and return weirdly happy, and she seemed to get angry… (more…)

The Addicted Narcissist

by on October 12, 2017

One of the hardest types of people to deal with is a narcissist in the middle their addiction. They are completely exhausting. The combined selfishness of narcissism and addictive behavior is overpowering, relentless, callous, and frequently abusive. This destructive blend of arrogant thinking in that they are always right and that they do not have… (more…)

How to Survive the Holidays with an Addict

by on October 12, 2017

Addicts plus holidays usually equal disaster. This is because addicts have a tendency to divide family at a celebration, not unite. Relatives fall into one of three categories: those who see the addiction and have no tolerance, those who see the addiction and tolerate it, and those who don’t see the addiction at all. An… (more…)

Reasons to Consider Utilizing Behavioral Hospitals

by on October 12, 2017

Ever wondered if a behavioral hospital might be a good idea? These facilities are designed to help: an out of control addict, an unusually intense manic episode, a desire and means to commit suicide, a severely abused victim, a troubled teen who threatens to harm others, an intense anger rage, a person hallucinating, or a… (more…)

Recovering from an Abusive Narcissist

by on May 25, 2017

The path to healing after an abusive marriage is more like a winding mountain road than a straight line. Just when a person thinks they are moving forward, the road makes a sharp turn backwards. Sometimes the best way to illustrate the journey is through a story. Here is Michelle’s route. After 25 years of… (more…)

The Bridge to Recovery in 12 Steps

by on May 16, 2017

The road to recovery is paved first with good intentions then morphs into hard work, determination, resolve, and commitment. Good intentions can start the process but it is not enough to complete it. Imagine a stretch of highway on a flat road which is far easier to pave then it is to engineer a bridge… (more…)

Can You Be Addicted to a Person?

by on March 3, 2017

The short answer is yes. While this might seem like a strange concept, those who have been victims understand it all too well. An acquaintance starts sending excessive messages, magically showing up unexpectedly, asks too intimate or probing questions, gives inappropriate gifts, and seems to immerse themselves into environments or other friendships just to stay… (more…)

The Difference Between an Obsession and an Addiction

by on March 7, 2013

Helping  your clients discern between an obsession and an addition can be quite a challenge. They may believe their behavior is obsessive when in reality it is addictive. The distinction between the two determines they type of treatment necessitated. An obsession and an addiction can look the same but the root is different.  For instance,… (more…)

How Anger Fuels Addictive Behavior

by on March 5, 2013

Are your clients caught in a downward addiction spiral causing helplessness and frustration?  While there are many reasons for addictive behavior, certain emotions such as anger can fuel the addictive cycle. This in turn increases the intensity of the emotion and amplifies distructive behavior resulting in an out of control moment. Here are some examples…. (more…)

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