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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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