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Addiction is a neurological, progressive, compulsive, chronic, habitual behavior that limits freedom of human desire; it is a state of obsession or preoccupation that enslaves a person’s will and desire to grave consequences in long term.
Addiction is a powerful, cunning and baffling physical and mental disease that cannot be cured but can be STOPPED.
Addictions include alcohol abuse, drug abuse, self-medication, gambling and dependency on pornography, sex, internet, exercise or work.
People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using thus unable to control the aspects of addiction without help.
Addiction leads to feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, despair, failure, rejection, anxiety and/or humiliation.
Addiction requires long term management
WE are ALL addicts to feelings, objects, occasions and actions
Classification of psychoactive drugs
Why addictive substances are apparent
Coping with Addiction – Spirituality
Spirituality IS A THIRST for the connection with ourselves, others, the world and a power beyond us. A loss of this creates being cut off from the world, lost in loneliness and despair creeps in.
A spiritual experience is NOT a monopoly of a single religious grouping. It is universal for all humans; atheists, agnostics, humanists, monotheists, polytheists, rich, poor, rural, urban, civilized, uncivilized …
} Addiction peels off the layers of human connections like community, friends, hobbies, peers, family and finally the SELF.
} IN RECOVERY layers are stitched back again. This is a painful job and needs spiritual energy and stitching that takes away pride, grief, shame, guilt, anger and resentment.
} Own will power is not possible, there is need to surrender to higher powers. Refer (12 steps of alcoholic anonymous)
} Types of spiritual experience vary greatly but include mysticism, religious conversion, altered states of consciousness, trance and spiritual practices.
Spirituality mends again, human relations.
Coping with Addiction – Family Support System
When an individual is battling with addiction, the whole family is affected, specifically emotionally and mentally. All need to be part of the healing process.
The support family members provide each other to reduce stress shortens the time in therapy.
There needs to be a forum for communication, especially for the expression of anger and the resolution of conflict.
Family members should recognize individual differences, needs, sensitivities and the right to privacy.
Establishment of the rights and responsibilities of each family member is vital.
Four major goals
A human individual and his/her surrounding environment are regarded as inseparably intertwined; one has no meaning when treated independently of the other.
A fully functioning family
13 PRINCIPLES AND GOALS OF TREATMENT (drug and substance addictions)
THE TWELVE STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.