self medicating depression anxiety

Self Medicating Depression Anxiety – AddictionZ

Self Medicating  Depression Anxiety

Self Medicating is the addicts favorite way to prolong their addictions, it can be done in many “politically correct” ways. Like over eating, working, dating, computer.  In short, any other distraction may become a medicating process.

Taking medications to do things that you can normally do on your own may be a warning sign.

Anxiety can be Managed

Taking life in smaller doses is helpful in reducing anxiety, 12 step programs use the one day at a time approach which allows the scope to be less. Some members even live an hour at a time or a minute at a time. Try It it works!

In my experience life has usually taken its toll and the addict does not have the proper tools to deal with the overall but rather hangs all the problems on one nail, so to speak rather than resolve a complex Gordian Knot of theirt life to date…

My workbook can help with this approach whether you are an addict or a codependent or just a normie!

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The Dean of Addictionz

Working the Solution with Multiple and Addicts of all types

  • 36 Years Personal Recovery Experience in several Self Help Programs
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Here is a thought!
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Have a great One Day at a Time! Dean 🙂

One thought on “Self Medicating Depression Anxiety – AddictionZ”

  1. I concur with Dennis and Scott that adiictdon is a chronic condition. Assuming I worked at a public treatment center there are several things I would do to further the work of aligning this belief to what is actually practiced in our profession. Direct work with clients and families would include the education piece about how adiictdon is like having cancer, not like having a really bad case of the measles. Framing the issue of chronic vs. acute this way is crucial to helping all involved take the long view of success. Group work with a mixed-stage set of clients over an extended number of sessions as in Weegmann and English, skyped or cell phone based assertive continuing care, in-person quarterly RMC’s, would all be woven into my practice (assuming my agency was supportive). Much systemic work is needed to spread this vital reframing of adiictdon as a chronic condition. From an education standpoint, this concept and practice is not a hard shift to sell, but many of these shifts will cost money. When it comes down to dollars that is a different story. From all levels within the agency, to community, state and federal funding sources both education and advocacy is necessary. I am ready to sign up for the sustained push that is required for progress to be made. Taking these sytemic changes even further into the very critical need for overall change in our nation’s adiictdon treatment and aftercare structure. Toward that end I agree with McClellan and Meyers and say increases in funding support are needed to implement best practices in treating adults, adolescents, those who are dually diagnosed and incarcerated.

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