Drug Addiction Therapy: It’s Okay To Grieve After Losing a Loved One

For many recovering addicts, their childhood was absent of feelings. Feelings were either not allowed to be expressed or parents kept feelings at bay and prevented their children from feeling. Then, if there was a significant loss or trauma, the need to keep yourself from feeling anything might have continued, and perhaps that’s where drinking and drug use came in. …

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Watching Movies on Addiction and Recovery

Sometimes, we need to hear the stories of others. We need to touch upon the dark circumstances they faced in order to have compassion for ourselves. Movies are an easy way to see the intimate experiences of others and how they overcame challenges. One form of drug addiction therapy is to watch movies that mirror the challenges you went through, …

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Drug Addiction Therapy: Healing the Child Inside

Drug Addiction Therapy | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comOften, those who struggle with an addiction have experienced trauma at some point in life, preventing psychological development that reflects their physical development. In other words, adult addicts may have grown up and appear as though they are in their 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s, but on the inside the inner child holds the strings to their emotional life.

To give you a clearer picture, below is a list of six characteristics adults living their lives as children tend to have:

  • React to life with a mindset of “survival”. Perhaps an early trauma or a series of traumas in childhood, which were never resolved, keeps an adult possessing this worldview. Survival was the main goal of childhood, and it remains to be so in adulthood as well.
  • Possess feelings that they are not “normal” and they are forever convincing the rest of the world that they are.
  • Tend to have an all or nothing, black or white kind of filter.
  • Can be incredibly judgmental of themselves and of others.
  • Tend to be always searching for validation from external sources rather than believing in themselves or having a strong sense of self worth.
  • Have great difficulty maintaining intimate relationships.

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Drug Addiction Therapy: Replace Thinking For Drinking in the Big Book

Let’s say you’ve been sober for three years. You’ve got the rhythm down. You’re no longer drinking; you’re attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and you’re surrounded by people who don’t drink. But somewhere inside you feel like you’re still vulnerable. If you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could relapse. If this is true for you, perhaps …

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