Acceptance & Change

Acceptance & Change

It’s easy for an addict to say something like, ‘I’m an addict’ or ‘I’m addicted to…‘ whatever.  They may say it, but it’s only lip service and not enough to produce change.  They don’t really accept it down in their soul. They don’t accept it wholeheartedly, and so somewhere down the road there will be …

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What Is Holistic Addiction Treatment?

Holistic Treatment

A holistic approach to substance abuse treatment focuses on the entirety of a person. That focus is a balance of the spirit, mind, and body in order to achieve a healthy state of being. Some of the more sophisticated approaches to addiction treatment today offer programs to help guide individuals or couples towards tailoring a …

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Addicted To Gaming

Addicted To Gaming

Human beings respond to a reward system.  In essence, this system helps to cement positive behavior with pleasurable stimuli and discourage adverse behavior with negative reinforcement. At the center of the reward system is the idea of motivation. Motivation may be intrinsic, that is, inherently pleasing or extrinsic which requires conditioning and learned actions. These …

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Dissociation & Addiction

Dissociation & Addiction

Addiction can be viewed as a form of dissociation. The dissociative states are depersonalization, an individual’s separation from a sense of personal identity, and derealization, a detachment from reality, or the external environment. Through addiction there is a separation, an estrangement from both self and environment. It is as though the addiction places a buffer …

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