Category: Getting Sober

Getting Sober

Starting New Relationships While In Treatment

Relationships in Treatment

Coming into a treatment center means you’ve identified that you want help, which is great. It may be the bravest thing you’ll ever do. Generally, when someone comes into treatment, they are coming because there are pieces of their lives that may be missing, maybe they can’t deal with life on life’s terms and are …

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How Childhood Abuse Becomes Adult Hypersexuality

Malibu Childhood Abuse Treatment

Childhood abuse, particularly sexual abuse or sexual assault at any age, carries with it a common symptom of adulthood hyersexuality. Isn’t that though the opposite or counterintuitive?  Why would someone who was harmed sexually as a child or at some point in their life, then turn around and be hypersexual?  Why hurt themselves in the …

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What Narcissists Secretly Fear

Narcissist Oceanside Malibu

A thumbnail sketch of ‘Narcissistic Personality Disorder’ is a disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. Behind a mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism. While narcissists might think of themselves as …

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Alcoholics Anonymous

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Participation in Alcoholics Anonymous often brings a sense of connectivity, safety and support. Membership in this community can provide an opportunity for an addict to acquire a substitute self-object, filling an unmet need from infancy and childhood. AA may serve as an omnipotent transitional object, an integral ingredient in helping make the transition from ingesting …

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What Is Harm Reduction?

Harm Reduction Oceanside Malibu Treatment

Harm reduction is an approach to treating addiction that focuses on keeping addicts safe and minimizing death, disease and injury associated with higher risk addictive behavior, while recognizing that the behavior may continue despite the risks. At the conceptual level, harm reduction maintains a value neutral and humanistic view of drug use and the drug …

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Setting Boundaries In Early Recovery

Setting Boundaries Oceanside Malibu

  The disease of addiction causes havoc in all areas of people’s lives. Nothing is left untouched.  Usually it is the addicts’ closest relationships that suffer most…and longest.  A person can protect themselves while still supporting their loved ones, if they understand the need for healthy boundaries. For anyone involved with an active addict, you …

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