Addiction and Recovery Part 1: What is Addiction?

Blog by Dr. Jay R. Feld

Addiction and Recovery Part 1 by Jay FeldQuestions about addiction come up frequently in therapy. Many people have a difficult time identifying as addicts because of the stigma associated with the word. It’s not easy to accept that one might have a life-controlling problem.

Some clients, especially those who have had experience in Twelve Step recovery, identify freely as addicts. For others, the realization that they might be struggling with an addiction dawns more slowly. Eventually, they open up about what has brought them into therapy, and how their specific “presenting problem” is affecting:

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About Dot Ainsworth Day

After 25 years in the classroom as an English teacher and over twenty years as a family therapist, I am confined to home with a muscular dystrophy and have begun to write: my family history, MEMORIES OF THE SHARECROPPER'S FAMILY, was published February 27, 2017. Through this blog, I hope you enjoy learning more about muscular dystrophy, the (ahem) joys of having a caregiver or care partner and the management of daily activities. THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR is a short story now being stretched into a novel. A TASTE FOR MURDER, a family story of murder discussed on another blog and in the family history, is still in the first draft stage. Note: Writing a novel based on real characters and avoiding offense or lawsuit is difficult enough. Its being a first novel and my learning the intricacies of dialogue and plotting​ have made for a slow learning curve.
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