Addiction As A Family Disease

Addiction in the Family

Addiction is often thought of as a disease that affects a single person – the one who is dependent on and is unable to break free from a chemical substance. This is an understandable misconception. The life of the person addicted to drugs and/or alcohol becomes clearly unmanageable as the dependency progresses. We see the

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Media, Youth and Addiction

Media, Youth and Addiction

Media has an influence on adolescents. The question is: is the influence positive or negative? As society seeks to find answers to the rise in adolescent addiction, a 2013 survey by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (2015) 22.6% of all teenagers reported using an illicit drug, many people are focusing on media both as

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From Caterpillars to Butterflies

Butterfly in a Field Indicating Addiction Recovery

My last blog talked about the importance of feelings in the formation of chemical addiction, more specifically how the suppression or inability to express emotions in a healthy way often causes people to seek unhealthy outlets for these feelings. At Genesis Recovery we work with people who have spent years, sometimes decades, drowning their emotional

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Unresolved Feelings and Suppressed Emotions in Addiction

Unresolved Feelings in Addiction

In the recovery world, addiction is viewed as a complex disease that affects every aspect of a person’s life, damaging and eventually destroying the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual parts of it. But what about feelings? What is it that originally causes a person to put chemicals into his body, and continue using despite the

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Can I Smoke Marijuana In Recovery?

Couple Smoking Marijuana

“Marijuana maintenance” is what it is called and for the REAL alcoholic or addict, it can be deadly. The disease of addiction has a three-fold facet: physical, mental and spiritual. According to the book of Alcoholics Anonymous the mental obsession is classified as: “The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking

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Dinosaur Wisdom

Understanding Addiction and Rehab

In retrospect, some of the things I learned in early recovery still make good sense to me today – particularly, a few of the common clichés that were often said by the old timers (aka dinosaurs). The dinosaurs of the fellowship are those with 20+ years of recovery, who occupied the rooms and freely shared

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