Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) & Their Roles in Pain Recovery

The premise that thoughts have significant effects on feelings and behavior and that shifts in thinking lead to emotional and behavioral changes is the basis of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This knowledge has an extensive history, having been a topic of discussion among Stoic philosophers in ancient Greece and Rome (notably Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius).…

Why Withdrawal is So Difficult.

“The giant tree grows from a single seed. A journey of a thousand miles starts with the very first step.” Recovery consists of two basic parts: 1) getting “clean” (in the parlance of my twelve-step program)—discontinuing using, becoming abstinent, and halting the vicious obsessive-compulsive circle of active addiction; and 2) staying clean—remaining abstinent by learning…

The State of Crisis In Individuals and the Addict.

The State of Crisis In Individuals and the Addict.

As human beings we have a remarkable capacity for dealing with serious events when things hits the fan. It is when difficult, challenging circumstances are perceived as insurmountable—when we find ourselves without the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual resources to deal effectively with stressful events—that we find ourselves in crisis. A crisis can be any…