This article is the second in a two part series. In the first article, 6 of 16 character traits were listed for adult children of alcoholism. These are traits experts in the field of drug addiction treatment have identified. Specifically, the traits listed in this article series were written about by Dr. Janet Woititz, author of the book, Adult Children of Alcoholics.
Sometimes, it’s helpful for family members to know what to look for in someone who might be using drugs. It’s helpful to have pieces of information in order to connect the dots and ultimately decide whether that person needs drug detox or drug withdrawal treatment.
Below are the typical warning signs that might lead someone to use drugs or drink. They are listed here to point out that there are characteristic behaviors that people participate in, which put them at risk for an addiction. However, this list is not exhaustive, nor is it predictive. In other words, there are many who might exhibit these behaviors and yet they don’t develop an addiction, and they won’t ever need drug addiction treatment.
Perhaps it doesn’t come as a surprise to know that when a child has been abused in their family of origin, he or she is more vulnerable to developing an addiction to either drugs or alcohol. Studies related to drug addiction treatment show that adults who were abused as children tend to perceive the use of alcohol or drugs as a positive experience and were not able to identify the risks associated with substance use. Also, in the year 2000, there were over 2.7 million children who were reported as being abused, and of these cases, 879,000 confirmed the presence of some form of abuse.
This article is the second in a two part series on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), often used in drug addiction treatment. The first part of this series provided an overview of this treatment method. This article will explore CBT’s Thought Diary, a tool that individuals use to monitor their thoughts in order to be able to change them, which is necessary in healing.
A Thought Diary is a documentation tool for monitoring feelings of anxiety, fear, hurt, anger, shame, guilt, or sadness. Along with noting when and where these feelings were experienced, a recovering addict would also write down the associated thought he or she had with that feeling, in a particular situation. Doing this can create lasting change. For instance, reflecting on the self-talk one had during a specific situation can lead to finding those thoughts that are harmful and self-defeating.