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Wecovery - As AA turns 80, an app brings 12 step recovery into the 21st century

 

80 years ago this month, a stockbroker from New York named Bill Wilson was desperately trying to remain sober while on a business trip to Akron, Ohio.  A series of calls put him in touch with another struggling alcoholic, a local surgeon named Dr. Bob Smith.  Dr. Bob agreed to see Bill for 15 minutes, and the two ended up talking for hours about their struggles with alcoholism.  At the end of the meeting, both men were still sober and realized that they had stumbled on something truly special.  That day, Alcoholics Anonymous was born.

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A Very Merry Christmas Eve Recovery Friends, Experts, and Cate!!


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Coming to wish you all a Happy, Blessed, Sober, Clean, and Gamble Free Holiday Season!! Thanks for all you do here Cate for many in or reaching
out for RECOVERY!! My Heart Is Filled With *Gratitude* in Recovery!!

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GOD BLESS ALL,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon :-)

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In this blog, I start a series of blogs which will elucidate on why I believe addictive behaviours to be the consequence of an emotional dysfunction partly perpetuated by genetics and partly by the environmental influence of insecure attachment to primary care givers and also childhood maltreatment.

All these factors appear to alter or impair brain regions implicated in emotional processing and regulation. This emotional dysfunction appears to contribute to initial use, abuse and addiction cycle all addictive behaviours.

Here I will briefly explain what I mean by emotional dysregulation and by emotional processing deficit, while highlighting how it appears to be a pathomechanism in addictive disorders. 

 

Research suggests (1) suggest individuals with poorly regulated emotions often turn to alcohol to escape from or down-regulate their emotions, creating a risk for diagnosable problems in relation to alcohol  difficulties as this impairment in emotion regulation is associated with alcohol-related disorders  and substance-related disorders (2).

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Translating Accurate Diagnosis into Effective Treatment, Part Two

The way addicts and alcoholics themselves talk about their condition (“an emotional disease,” “a parasite the feeds on our emotions”, “an emotional cancer,” “a fear based disease”) is rarely considered in theories of addiction.

 

Within the frame of the current DSM, a number of issues relevant to substance abuse disorders may have been overlooked.

My own experience of recovery, coupled with my research over several years, has made me curious as to why the way addicts and alcoholics themselves talk about their condition (“an emotional disease,” “a parasite the feeds on our emotions”, “an emotional cancer,” “a fear based disease”) is rarely considered in theories of addiction.

I doubt that addicts are wrong in these descriptions of their disease. In fact, I have taken the opposite approach, and started to examine research for clues as to whether addiction and alcoholism have their roots in emotional dysregulation and emotional processing deficits.

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Physical/Emotional BoundariesA HUGE part of recovery for Sex and Love Addicts is learning how to create and maintain HEALTHY emotional and physical boundaries. With this addiction, that often forms in early childhood/adolescence, the addicts physical/emotional boundaries are blurry because the addict is willing to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get his/her physical/emotional needs met. Below is an exercise I give to my clients when they begin therapy. It's a good place to start in identifying a baseline of one's boundaries. 

 

Physical vs. Emotional Boundaries

A Physical Boundary is the visible, physical space given (or taken) between you and another person. An Emotional Boundary is the invisible, psychological or spiritual space given (or taken) between you and another person.

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