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…

An Excerpt on Addiction – by Dan Mager, MSW — Author of Some Assembly Required – A Balanced Approach to Recovery from Addiction and Chronic Pain

Addiction begins with the mood-changing effects of substances. At first, people often experience positive effects by using drugs to change the way they feel. Through using they feel “good” or “better.” Many drugs of abuse produce distinct feelings of pleasure, some of which are especially striking and powerful. Using helps people temporarily avoid or lessen…

Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM on Co-occurring Chronic Pain and Addiction

By themselves, addiction and chronic pain can be debilitating. When brought together, they comprise extremely complicated co-occurring disorders. Addiction is among the most serious public health problems in the United States. In 2010, an estimated 22.1 million persons aged twelve or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year—8.7 percent of…