Maintaining Active Addiction

Maintaining active addiction necessitates a set of defensive maneuvers to evade the natural corrective consequences of cognitive, behavioral, and ethical dissonance as the disease progresses. Addiction is especially insidious in how it convinces those of us who suffer from it that we do not have it. Those who become addicted almost always believe they can…

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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…

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The Attraction and Power of Familiarity - The Emotional Cement that Keeps People Stuck in Active Addiction

The Attraction and Power of Familiarity – The Emotional Cement that Keeps People Stuck in Active Addiction

Change rarely comes easily. Making significant change in any aspect of life is really hard, as well as frightening. The greater the change, the higher the degree of difficulty and fear associated with it. Similar to physical workouts, there is a general correlation between the discomfort we are willing to go through and the outcomes…

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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…

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