EXPERIENCE SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION...
“You can have sobriety without recovery but you can’t have recovery without sobriety”...
What this slogan means is that although sobriety and recovery are not mutually exclusive nor are they one and the same. Many people have sobriety but are ‘white knuckling it’ so to speak which is the result of not identifying and or sufficiently addressing the underlying causes that are keeping dependence in the driver’s seat.
From the Living in Alignment perspective abuse, addiction, and/ or relapse are not the problems, but symptoms of underlying causes.
These underlying causes are placed into four categories:
(1) Having a chemical imbalance in the brain. Many people who have addictions have a co-occurring disorder, such as a mood disorder, anxiety disorder, ADD, etc. Many people who have addictions are attempting to self-medicate a pre-existing mental condition with a mood altering substance and/ or process (i.e., behavior).
(2) Having unresolved issues from the past and or present. Many people who have addictions have unfinished business with their past and/ or in their current lives, be it with themselves, other people, and/ or the power that is greater than the resources of their mind involving experiences, choices, decisions, and/ or events.
(3) Having a limited or faulty personal life philosophy. This consist of beliefs, perceptions, expectations, attitudes (i.e., cognitions) about themselves, addictions, other people, Source energy, life, etc. that are getting in the way or preventing them from living up to their full potential, manifesting satisfying and nurturing relationships, and experiencing fulfillment, etc.
(4) Having ineffective relational and other skills to live life on its terms. This may include having low self-esteem; a lack of or no functional boundaries (w/ self and/ or with others); not being able to manage their emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, or behavioral realities; not being able to manage stressors; not knowing what their needs and wants are and/ or how to get them met; not being able to live in moderation and/ or create balance in their lives. In other words, many people in recovery are functioning at a deficit when it comes to being and living in the world.
Usually people with addictions have a combination of underlying causes that are keeping dependence in the driver’s seat. The strategy that the Living in Alignment approach uses to ensure sustainable recovery is to:
To determine if there is a chemical imbalance a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation along with a medical examination and a complete blood panel is conducted to determine if there is a condition(s) present and whether or not the cause is biological and/ or medical. This can be a tricky process, for addictions and physical conditions can induce or mimic mental conditions. Also, stressors and trauma ( I define trauma as any experience or event that is less than nurturing) can cause mental conditions and/ or make existing conditions worse.
With unresolved issues, the protocol is to assist a person to examine experiences and/ or events that have or are currently taking place in their lives that are producing chronic stress ( such as: inadequate parenting, divorce, death, illness, heartache, to name a few) and help people understand how their unresolved issues/ stressors are impacting their overall functioning and well being, fostering victim consciousness and manifesting as addictions.
As it pertains to a one’s personal life philosophy, the Living in Alignment approach recognizes the necessity of identify limiting and/ or faulty beliefs, perceptions, expectations, etc. to understand how these cognitions are impacting the person’s life. Belief it or not, like it or not, the fact of the matter is that your cognitions are co-creating your reality. This translates to “what you think about, is what you bring about!” The good news is that you can modify and or replace limiting and/ or faulty beliefs, perceptions, and the like.
With respects to life skills, you can learn skills to live in mutually satisfying ways with people and manage life on its terms. The Living in Alignment approach customizes treatment to the needs and concerns of the individual. These skills include developing healthy self-esteem; developing functional boundaries with your own mind and with other people; becoming emotional present with yourself and with others; accessing needs and wants; finding balance and other healthy lifestyle practices.
Along with identifying and addressing underlying causes that keep dependence in the driver’s seat, the Living in Alignment approach focuses on the psycho, social, educational, physical, spiritual challenges of all stages in recovery.
To learn more about the Living in Alignment approach to attaining sustainable recovery, please check out my book titled “Saying YES! to you and your life; Thriving in Recovery”
on my website: www.darcyclarke.us
I am a licensed holistic psychotherapist with over thirty years experience. My calling in life is to assist people to have a conscious experience of partnering with Source energy in their daily lives.