Addictionary: A Primer of Recovery Terms & Concepts from by Judith A. Wilson C.A.P.

By Judith A. Wilson C.A.P.

Early restoration is a demanding time. it will probably even be complicated end result of the strange phrases and words which are primary in restoration teams. equipped alphabetically, the addictionary is a accomplished source that defines hundreds of thousands of restoration phrases. The authors offer transparent, in-depth definitions that demystify the language of restoration, tackle a number of restoration concerns, and concentrate on addictions to medicines, alcohol, playing, meals, intercourse, and codependency. specific good points comprise definitions grouped by means of subject matters and a listing of restoration teams and firms.

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If you are not an acknowledged alcoholic, this may seem extreme. But here are some good reasons: · Even if you have no history of alcohol or other drug abuse, there is such a strong tendency for addiction to mutate into another form that the chance of developing alcoholism/ chemical dependency does not seem worth the risk. · Alcohol is a powerful mind-altering drug, so it will be much more difficult to maintain good judgment about your specific abstinence or other choices while drinking. · Alcohol usually metabolizes into fat, not carbohydrates, and it interferes with carbohydrate metabolism, so it makes no sense for anyone with weight concerns to use it.

It may be easier to identify addiction by the struggle required to maintain an illusion of control. For example, elaborate and excessive measures to control your weight can suggest food addiction, though you are not overweight, and seldom binge or purge. Page 23 Progression One characteristic of addiction is that over time things tend to get worse. This means not only the physical aspects of tolerance and the breakdown of the body's immune system but a progressive emotional, mental, and spiritual deterioration.

When you use the word abuse it is important to remember that you can be talking about anything from the most horrendous of physical acts to poor parenting behaviors that we know are unhealthy, like verbally discounting children or discouraging their independence. What you call abuse is a matter of opinion. Pia Mellody (1989) defines abuse broadly, identifying it as any experience that was less than nurturing. She says abuse is the major factor in codependency. John Bradshaw (1989) perceives abuse as an underpinning of toxic shame that results in the inability to have a good relationship with oneself.

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