MHB Consulting LLC
Addictions and Trauma Recovery Skills Teamwork
Mavis Humes Baird
BFA, CASAC (NY), CAC (PA), CMAT-S, CSAT-S, ICADC
Remember that addiction takes many forms, and that you can be addicted to more than one thing:
Addiction is worse than a bad habit. It is self-destructive and progressive, taking on a life of its own,
controlling your life, and harming you and others.
Below is some information about common addictions.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine estimates that there are 17.6 MILLION adults in the United States that are addicted to alcohol, making it one of the most common drug addictions. Alcoholism has many stages and forms, and it is something that is largely biologically determined. If you have a higher tolerance than most, if you drink more than you want to, if you tend to lose control or do things you regret while drinking, and if you jeopardize your health and the health of others, get help.
Other Drug Addictions
Drug addictions can begin in many ways: from illegal experimentation, to accidental ingestion, or doctor prescription. If you have begun to experience the negative side effects of withdrawal, broken relationships or relationship problems, depression, and an inability to pay for your habit, get help.
Food is an essential and central part of our lives. If you constantly avoid food or feel consumed by a need for food, you might be addicted to food. Many become trapped in a vicious cycle of consumption, deprivation and reaction. If your relationship with food is complicating your life and making you feel trapped, get help.
Our sex, gender, and sexuality are an integral part of our identities. Sexual relations, or certain types of sex may become one's most important need, may seem insatiable, may feel like the source of love, may become the enemy, or may be rejected compulsively. If your sex life or sexuality seems to be in charge of your life, get help.
Spending, Stealing and Gambling Addictions
Society equates money with happiness, but money can also be a source of pain. The struggle to spend, steal, gamble, or exert monetary power over others may end up consuming your life. In the same way, you might become addicted to monetary dependence, under-earning, pauperism or self-neglect. If money is a constant, oppressive theme in your life, get help.
From birth, all humans depend on contact with someone else to survive. You can grow to self-destructively obsess on or deny a need for real, lasting relationships. You can become addicted to a position of power over others who are caretakers or who are weaker or smaller than you are. You can become addicted to a caretaking position, or position of subservience. If you feel restricted or oppressed by an addictive relationship style in your life, get help.
More Signs of Self-destructive Patterns
Whether you are the addict or the family member of an addict, any addiction may leave you experiencing rage and resentment, shock and grief, or numbness; a shameful or inflated self-image; apathy or perfectionism; unmerciful judgment of self or others or acceptance of intolerable situations; compulsive avoidance or walls, and enmeshment; and swinging back and forth between these and other extremes.
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