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Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol: Self-hatred, Cravings, and Therapy

If you have struggled with alcoholism or drug addiction, it’s likely that you have also struggled with feelings of self-loathing, self-contempt, and self-hatred. You probably found yourself doing things you wouldn’t normally do, and maybe even doing things you find … Continue reading

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Expect the Unexpected: Living with Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families

Kids in dysfunctional families learn a lot of lessons: don’t tell; don’t have friends over; keep a close watch for signs of an explosion; try not to be noticed; be ready to fix everything. Life is chaotic, unpredictable, and violent. Maybe you always wondered why you are so hard on yourself, or why your relationships are so difficult, and never connected those things with growing up in an alcoholic household. Deep wounds need to be cleaned and healed, but healing and recovery is certainly possible. Many people need psychotherapy. Many people find comfort and help from ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) groups, Al-Anon (Families with alcoholics) groups, and CODA (Codependents Anonymous) groups. Continue reading

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Psychotherapy and Spirituality

Some people find spirituality helpful in conjunction with psychotherapy. Spirituality is not the same as religion; it is often seen as an essentially value-free experience and understanding of the world. For many people, the important point about spirituality is the experience of connection to the world as a whole, to nature, to the universe or cosmos, and to themselves. It is imperative that a therapist never pushes his views and values on the person he is working with. At the same time, it is also important that he avoids coming from a detached, overly analytic, purely “scientific” position that does not recognize the possible value of spiritual growth. Continue reading

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Codependency: Being Dependent on Others’ Dependency

There may not be a simple test, or a clear marker, but if you consistently put someone else’s needs first, to the detriment of your own, you may be codependent. What is the boundary around codependency and how do you work through it? Continue reading

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Therapy and the 12 steps

Twelve-step programs and psychotherapy are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they can reinforce each other and provide help for you as a whole person. While there is some overlap, and there are some differences between the two, the differences are not in conflict. In fact, they can provide synergy to promote your overall welfare spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically. Continue reading

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