The Trait That Can Identify Addiction

The Trait That Can Identify Addiction

10 AA Sayings That Will Inspire You in RecoveryAs America’s battle with addiction becomes more and more prevalent, people begin to wonder what exact traits predict addiction. Older stereotypes have suggested addicts have more in common than the we now know them to have. We can see now that addicts hail from every race, creed, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and more. Yet, we can’t deny that there is a certain genetic element to the disease of addiction. After all, we can certainly see the evidence for it running in families.

So what is the commonality? Well, studies are beginning to suggest that the trait that most predicts addiction is impulsivity. This may not sound so surprising- but impulsivity shows up in more ways than you may think. Typically, impulsive people choose a smaller, faster reward over a larger, delayed reware. In layman’s terms, addicts are the ones that seek immediate gratification. Because of this, an important prevention tool is trying to overcome the delay when you don’t get what you want immediately. Learning to tolerate this delay is key, but still, it is genetically more difficult for some individuals, as their brains are wired to desire momentary gratification and rewards.

Though impulsivity is more common in those with addictive tendencies, it is a pretty common aspect of human life as well. It can be described as quick, momentary reactions to internal or external stimuli, often with unplanned consequences trailing behind. Though not everyone has this kind of thinking, and certainly not everyone applies this thinking to consuming drugs, this is a train of thought most can empathize with. Think about it- there are things we find ourselves doing even if we didn’t plan to. Eating that extra doughnut, buying a car we can’t afford, skipping the gym and going out. These impulsive behaviors represent the crux of addictive behavior.

So if we know the behavior that is generating addiction, does that mean we know the fix? Well, it isn’t that easy, but it is a start. A failure to resist impulse can now be described as the number one barrier addicts need to face in order to have a long-term strategy for success in recovery and life in general. However, this is a hard pattern to break, especially for individuals who much prefer immediate benefits to pleasures that occur far in the future.

It may give some comfort to know that the seasons of our life help to influence our impulsivity. Meaning, impulsive behavior is much more common at certain ages than others. It is estimated that impulsivity is at its highest levels during adolescence (around ages of 12) and levels off while moving toward adulthood (age of 20 years).

With this information in mind, it can be determined that impulsivity is often a prerequisite to addictive behavior and could be quite definitely used as a screening mechanism for future substance abuse.

Outpatient Rehab in Boynton Beach

Day and Night Addiction Treatment

“It Takes a Village To Recreate Your Life”

A Genuine Community Spirit

The despair of addiction seems endless sometimes, but families can find lasting hope at a good outpatient rehab for Lake Worth area residents.  This relief comes from two basic sources – the quality of care and the recovery community that’s grown up around it.  When a family in crisis brings their addicted loved one to outpatient treatment in Boynton Beach, Florida, they give them the best chance for authentic recovery.   The sunny Florida weather doesn’t hurt either of course.  It’s always warm and the ocean has a restorative power for every addict who comes to do outpatient rehab for Lake Worth residents.

A genuine community spirit softens the painful blows of early recovery.  It’s like the feeling of safety survivors feel when they escape disaster.  Clients treated at an outpatient rehab for Lake Worth residents start to feel at home at world, many for the first time.  They learn to put the needs of others before their own.  They learn to bask in another’s success, when before all they felt was contempt.  Outpatient rehab in Boynton Beach begins a process of spiritual growth, one that is more and more rewarding as time passes.

How to Blend in and Stand Out at the Same Time

As an outpatient rehab in South Florida, Recreate Life Counseling is an integral part of a wondrous community.  It participates in and supports the growth of every recovering addict, whether they happen to be a client or not.  This is the fulfillment of Recreate Life’s founding vision – to stand in solidarity with anyone suffering the pain of addiction.

Outpatient Rehab for Lake Worth Residents

Recreate Life is proud of the place it holds as an outpatient rehab for Lake Worth residents.  Yet it measures its own success by the progress of its clients alone.  Recreate Life Counseling exists for the sole purpose of servicing its clients and their families.  It serves the community both directly and indirectly, by catering first to individual needs.

Authentic recovery has nothing to do with conformity.  Community and conformity are two completely different things.  Recreate Life Counseling embodies this distinction with everything they do.  They pay close attention to the needs of clients and their families.  They design a recovery plan that’s tailor made to meet these needs.  And then they refine it whenever necessary, to deliver the newly sober addict the best combination of all the possible worlds.

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“Just the Recovery You Want – Addiction Counseling Services and Bending the Rules”

Rules, Shmules, How About You Just Listen to Me?

Believe it or not, addiction counseling services have established guidelines to follow.  It’s easy to track them down, if you’re so inclined.  The National Institute for Drug Abuse has them posted on their website.  But they’re not guidelines, not really.  They’re called “principles of effective treatment.”  And Recreate Life’s addiction counseling team thinks this is a happy thing.

We think it’s a happy thing because principles are fluid.  Principles allow room to maneuver, even as they keep addiction therapy grounded in what’s good for the client.  Healing, true healing, can flow from principles.  Principles give clients and addiction conselors a place to start without being oppressive.  Guidelines and rules?  Not so much.  

One of the principles on NIDA’s list says treatment should address all of a client’s needs, not just their drug use.  Notice how it doesn’t say anything about what sort of techniques the therapist should use.  And it doesn’t say what these needs are either.  It just says that treatment should address them.  Addiction counseling can only address these needs by listening to the client and taking what they hear seriously.

Bending the Rules to Get Results

Now this doesn’t mean anything goes in addiction therapy.  Effective treatment provides structure and guidance for struggling addicts.  But therapists are human too.  Sometimes, they’re going to default back to techniques that have worked in the past, whether they fit perfectly now or not.  But by staying vigilant and responsive, a good addiction counselor always returns to listening mode pretty quick.  

Every therapist and treatment has these default modes.  They’re like unstated guidelines for their practice, rules if you will.  This is just human nature.  But effective treatment (and counselors) have fluidity preinstalled.  They’re designed in a way to respond constantly to the client’s changing needs.  They’re designed in a way that allows for bending the rules, or breaking them if need be.  Their principles demand it.

What emerges under these conditions is a collaboration.  This is where change and healing begin.  When there’s an active give and take between treatment and client, anything is possible.  Addiction counseling should never be in the business of imposing values.  Addicts already have values, even if they’re buried under a ton of pain and confusion.  It’s a treatment’s job to start hauling off the wreckage, so clients can start to dig however they see fit.


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“Ok, I’m Cured.  So when do I start feeling better?  Life After Recreate Counseling Rehab.”

I got it this time and thanks for all the certificates

So you’ve just finished outpatient treatment at Recreate Counseling Rehab and you’re eager to start over again.  You’re feeling optimistic for once, after so many years of hopelessness and chaos.  You’re clean now, off the pills for a couple months and equipped with all the tools you need to keep it going forever.  

Life is good for a while, the new job, back to school part time, all that.  You just needed a little reboot, like a laptop that works just fine again after a power cycle.  Thanks for the update, you say to the folks you loved at Recreate Counseling Rehab, but that was another life, a version of me that doesn’t exist now.  And off you go on your own, into all the pretty sunsets that the boyfriend coming back and better credit brings.  

Then the worst possible crisis happens – absolutely nothing.  Nothing happens but everyday life and you hate it for being so average.  You’re bored, restless, out of your mind with worry that this is all life has for you. Wait, you say, what did Recreate Counseling Rehab tell me to do when this happens?  Something about staying connected, but you don’t remember what that means now.  All you can remember is how the dope felt sometimes.  

Connected Huh?

But then you do remember.  You remember one thing they said at Recreate Counseling Rehab, and that’s to take action.  They said it a million times, until you got sick of it.  It’s not much, this vague thing they said about action, but it’s enough to take you back from the edge.  You even smile a little bit, thinking how sweet and goofy they all were.  

Then you finally get started, on faith mostly, trusting what they told you at Recreate Counseling Rehab.  You follow through on what they set up for you, the contacts, the resources, all the appointments you missed.  You start going to meetings, listening to what they say like your life depended on it.  You get a phone list and a sponsor, walk through some of the fears and the awkwardness.  

Making the appointments helps.  They continue what Recreate Counseling Rehab  started, the coping skills and the unmaking of trauma.  Maybe you get your prescriptions filled, another act of faith and staying teachable.  You go to Alumni Events and one day you find out somebody needs you there, to walk them back from the same edge where you were standing.  You watch them grow and suddenly their peace is more important than yours.  You’re different now.  You’re connected.  Tomorrow, you get to do it again.   

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“Science vs Spirituality?  No, Science AND Spirituality”

Recreate Life Counseling — So while I was doing my research last week, looking for something topical that fit the spirit of what the fine folks at Recreate Life Counseling do for addicts and alcoholics every day, I found an article about a drug that apparently DESTROYS the euphoric memories associated with cocaine use.  It’s only been used on mice so far, at least in this capacity, but it’s actually a cancer treatment drug that humans have used safely for years.  It’s neuroscience stuff, and therefore really complicated, but the upshot is this:  it’s a drug that shows great promise in eliminating the terrible cravings that make early recovery from the use of cocaine and other drugs.  More importantly though, at least for our purposes, is how this experiment points to an unnecessary tension between the findings of science and the spiritual approach to recovery so often emphasized in support and treatment centers.  It’s a minefield that counselors at Recreate Life Counseling negotiate constantly, so I wanted to expound on this a bit.

It’s something you encounter all the time, even at Recreate Life Counseling, scientifically minded folks and people who emphasize spirituality and connectedness eyeballing one another suspiciously across the table, as though they were different teams trying to win a game that doesn’t exist.  The Science vs Spirituality game doesn’t exist because there’s nothing to contest, nothing to fight about.  Science vs Spirituality is a made up distinction, what fancy philosopher types call a false binary.  There’s just one team, folks.  And the only way to win is to reduce the terrible suffering and social costs of active addiction.  Recreate Life Counseling understands this implicitly, and offers the best of both worlds in their therapeutic models, but for some reason the wider world doesn’t get this yet and the phony debate rages on.  

Look, I don’t know much.  But I can read and I can be open minded when staying all sewn up starts to hurt too much.  And everything I’ve read and seen tells me this:  that science and spirituality end up doing remarkably similar things and need each other more than they realize.  If I go to Recreate Life Counseling for my cocaine addiction, they’re not just going to give me a pill that eliminates my craving for drugs and send me on my way.  If they did, I’d be back in a month with brand new cravings from all the coke I snorted while I was away.  That’s because I don’t know to live!  I don’t know how to connect or treat people.  That’s where the emphasis on spirituality at Recreate Life Counseling comes in – it teaches me what I don’t know.  And the reverse holds true as well.  If there’s a chemical solution to my chemical part of my disease, I want you to give to me!  

So what we need is humility, true humility and an honest desire to solve the problem.  And both these traits tell me that I don’t have all the answers.  They tell me that Science vs Spirituality is a false debate.  And they tell me that what the world needs is to  heal, not ague.