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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. Joyce,,,,,,Lundy Bancroft speaks about abusers who are addicts in “Why Does He Do That”.
    He said that most often when the substance problem is removed, they get worse. It’s been a while since I read the book so I’m not sure I’ve got that worded right but, you get the general picture.
    Primary…..in a relationship, my relationshit, that had to be addressed first and foremost and he did absolutely NOTHING on his own to address it except give it lip service.
    I really hope you can watch the video I spoke of on the other thread(?). I know you will enjoy it. If you need the link, email me and I will find it for you!

  3. Dotty, unfortunately I am unable to view videos as I have limited gigs on my internet server. I know that addictions can be beaten if the person truly wants to, and you are right some abusers are worse when they sober i[/ AA calls them “dry drunks” and essentially what they are are psychopaths who were also drunks so when they get sober the lack of conscience and empathy and the desire for control is still there. I’ve known a few of these characters and they are to be avoided.

    I also smoked when I was preg with my sons, but neither of them smoke which I think is odd. A lot of new research is coming out showing that mothers who smoke have more children who are violent than those who didn’t smoke. Ditto with drugs and drinking.

    Congratulations on your sobriety. Keep working on that because your life will be better sober. Even though my drug of choice is nicotine, I do know that I still crave smoking.

    It isn’t easy I know, but it can be done….one day at a time.

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