Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Life After Treatment / Recovery | Self Awareness

Figuring Out What to Do

Faced with several options, many people early in recovery have a tough time figuring out what to do. A big choice—such as choosing what to study in college or what to do for a career—can

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Life After Treatment / Recovery

It’s Okay to be Imperfect

Those in early recovery from substance use disorders usually don’t like the person they see in the mirror. They often wonder if they’re strong enough to resist a severe craving. They’re often unsure if they

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Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose | Victor Frankl

Practical Exercises to Help Live a Meaningful Life

The great psychiatrist Viktor Frankl was convinced that addiction is a response to living a life that lacks personal meaning. One reason for this empty life is that the person is not true to himself

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Addiction and the Media

Too many people are talking about addictions these days. It’s almost impossible to read a newspaper, listen to the radio, watch a television newscast, or scan the internet without finding yet another article or segment

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Addiction and Society

Wellness and Recovery

Wellness is common buzz word these days. Schools have “wellness centers”, employee assistance groups have “wellness programs”, and magazines and blogs regularly publish articles on the topic.

Addiction and Society | Exploring Addiction | Relapse Prevention

Addiction, Recovery, and the Dark Side

Those with addictions are famous for living in the dark side of life. For thousands of years, artists and thinkers have described the lives of the intoxicated as unhealthy, achieving nothing, an affront to good

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Addiction Research & Theories | Exploring Addiction

Addiction & a Lack of Authorship

At SCHC, we assume that each adult is the author of his or her life. Even though we have limitations imposed on us, we’re still responsible to make decisions that dictate the quality of life

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Meaning and Biology in Addiction

When we talk about meaning—making sense of our lives—most people tend to forget that our biology, our physical bodies, give us messages all the time, which help us make sense of ourselves and the world

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment)

Addiction Talk

We’re talking far too much about addiction these days. How we talk about this thing called “addiction” has been radically transformed into something well beyond the simple fact of an individual using drugs. Addiction has

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Addiction Research & Theories

Evidence-Based or Science-Based Addiction Treatment?

First of all, let’s call it science-based therapy (SBT) rather than evidence-based therapy (EBT). The cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) psychologists have essentially usurped the term EBT, and they argue that the only solid evidence is quantitative

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Addiction Research & Theories | Addiction Treatment Help

Do Clients in Addiction Treatment Need to be Controlled?

Popular portrayals of people suffering from addictions show them as untrustworthy or incapable of making healthy decisions. They assume that anyone with an addiction is a liar or con artist. There’s even an old joke

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Disease Model of Addiction | Geoff Thompson

Strengths and Limitations of the Brain Disease Model of Addiction

Of all the theories of addiction that researchers have proposed, the biomedical model of addiction seems to get the most attention. This model says that addiction is a brain disease. Its defining feature is that

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

Relapse and Fear For families with loved ones in recovery from addiction, the R-word is a very scary word. Family members typically fear relapse because they make sense of it as a disaster or failure

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