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I know personally that when I first came into recovery a number of years ago I did not have a clue about my emotions, they were the things that drove your to the pub as far as I was concerned.

I drank to get away from my emotions, to regulate them through alcohol.

I used to tell my wife that the chief reason I drank was “to get away from myself” which brought out a very quizzical expression on her face.

What does that mean?

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Posted by on in Other Addictions

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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