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  1. I found an interesting article today in PsychiatricTimes about addictions, treatments that may help addicts of all kinds, but the article also underscores the fact the “relapse is the rule.”

    It is generally understood that among patients with addiction disorders, relapse is the rule rather than the exception. Drug dependence appears to be related to dysregulation of the reward system and withdrawal-related activation of the stress system. Stress hormones (eg, corticosterone, prolactin) increase in response to withdrawal from psychoactive drugs, increasing the aversive quality of the experience.

    See more at: http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/addiction-research-and-treatment/page/0/2?GUID=586BF05F-2366-46C5-BD82-5741B4A45D89&rememberme=1&ts=18062013#sthash.wAExmkTj.dpuf

    in deciding whether or not to continue a relationship with an offender post release, drug or behavior addictions such as gambling should be thoroughly considered. The truth is that there is always a good chance for relapse, no matter how long they have been sober or drug free. I smoked for most of my adult life, nicotine is my drug of choice, and I quit cold turkey in 2009 and I am just as much a nicotine addict today I was then, but I made up my mind, I would back to a pack a day in no time. But I know the damage smoking does to me, and as a health care professional I still continued to though my family begged me to quit I continued. So I have some idea of what it is like to give up your drug of choice

  2. I am a HUGE fan of Dr. George Simon, Ph.D and I post this link often because it’s so important to know what true change really looks like.

    Also, Lundy Bancroft’s book, “Should i Stay or Should I Go” has a web site and under the bonus materials, has a two part outline of what REAL change in an abuser requires and it’s not just “Im sorry’s”.

  3. Those are too great links, Dotty, thanks for posting them. That’s the KEY in dealing with offenders on any level, whether they are in or out of prison, is to DEMAND real change, not just “lip service”

    “Trying” never accomplished anything, it is DOING that counts.

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