Psychology

drug abuse codependence

Posted on August 5, 2013 in Addiction, alcohol and drug addiction, Psychology

Codependency and Drug Abuse

Codependency is a term which describes a double-sided relationship in which one person enables and the other controls. This relationship can happen between just two people, as in the husband/wife relationship, but sometimes it can be seen in the family unit as a whole. When a loved one has a drug or alcohol abuse problem, the spouse or family members will often respond by attempting to hide the fact from outsiders. Enablers believe they are acting in a loving way when, in fact, they are merely deepening the abuse habit.

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Posted on October 21, 2011 in Psychology

Emotional Sobriety

You can conquer others with power, but it takes true strength to conquer yourself.
– Lao Tzu,  Philosopher

I asked Dr. Jason Powers, our Chief Medical Officer  to help me write on this topic and here is what we came up with:

There are actually two types of sobriety: physical and emotional.  Physical sobriety is the easy part.  Anyone can quit a thousand times, but only the fortunate can stay quit.  Emotional sobriety is not automatically rendered with physical sobriety.   Emotional sobriety can be defined as resiliency, wisdom and balance.  It is a metaphor of sorts for addicts who develop emotional intelligence over the course of their journeys in recovery from substance abuse.

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