Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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any of our patients and addicts in general experience negative self concept or negative thoughts about self. Often these
irrational thoughts about themselves begin in childhood and stem from many different sources including childhood
trauma, their experiences in school or in a dysfunctional family unit where there might be divorce, poor communication styles
or addiction/mental health issues of one or both of their parents or siblings. Over time and development of addiction and the
associated psycho-social consequences, these irrational beliefs about self such as Im not good enough, I cant succeed at
anything or I dont deserve to be happy become exacerbated and wreak havoc on our patients. Patients become fearful of
setting and working towards personal goals, engage in procrastination and begin to embrace their identity as an addict, the
presenting symptom in a dysfunctional family unit, or an inferior member of our society.
Often for patients that chronically relapse, work in early recovery offers glimpses of positive changes in their ability to
achieve goals and to change their identities in their family units. However due to hopefulness and excitement, family members
and the addict themselves often set unrealistic time frames for tangible life changes and patients become overwhelmed with
fear. In order to halt expectations and movement towards interdependence in their family units, patients engage in relapse.
This behavioral pattern is further reinforced via the growing phenomenon of "treatment center recidivism". This lecture hopes
to teach chemical dependency professionals how to assist patients in halting the" I=addict mentality" and increase potential for
long term sobriety after completing 1 episode of treatment
Frank Galimidi CASAC, CAP, CRADC, ICADC, SAP - VP, is a Program & Clinical Director of New Beginnings Recovery Center and Innovative Treatment Services. He is a Florida Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Illinois Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CRADC), an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC), and has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a US Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).
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