Addiction-The Disease Model

As my education is primarily in psychology and I work with addicts of all kinds on a daily basis: in person, over the phone; conversations, texts, social media etc… I find it is just as important to educate family and friends, ministers and doctors as it is the person who has ravaged thier life and the lives of others because of what really is a disease.
The problem is an obsessive/compulsive, passive/aggressive pattern of thinking which self-medication only worsens.
The solution is spiritual, though medicine and therapy can help in addition to a re-programming of negative thought patterns into positive ones.
It can take a long time, or can happen virtually overnight!
Art has proved to be very theraputic in its ability to direct the actions and derail the constant craving in the thought proccesses of any who truly want to recover.
To be able to help someone without enabling thier addiction ca be a tricky tightrope to walk at times. In Al-anon the idea of “detachment with love” is tantamount to being of assistance without being taken advantage of.
For the family to insist on the person to seek treatment and regularly attend 12 step meetings are things one can to to be supportive.
There is currently an epidemic of heroine and methamphetimine abuse not just in America, but many other countries…as well as widespread use of many other mind and mood altering substances, which needs be addressed.
Art therapy is widely used in rehabilitation centers, jails and prisons as well and is equally effective for victims of abuse.

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