The Myth of the Addictive Personality

By Maia Szalavitz When people think of someone with an “addictive personality,” the image typically isn’t a pretty one. “When is an addict lying?” goes a joke told by addiction counselors: the snide answer is “when his lips are moving.” Media portrayals of addiction tend to depict people with addictions as “fiends” or “demons” whose […]

12-Step Sponsorship – How It Works

By Hamilton B. The primary responsibility of sponsors is to help their sponsees work the Twelve Steps.  A sponsor and sponsee have an obligation to discuss their mutual expectations, objectives, and requirements, if any, regarding the sponsorship relationship before they enter into that relationship. A sponsor shares his or her experience, strength, and hope with […]

Mechanisms of Change/Stages and Styles of Addiction Recovery

Mechanisms of Change in Addiction Recovery By William L. White High degrees of variability in the pathways and styles of addiction recovery obscure shared mechanisms of change across such healing processes. The alcohol and drug problems arena is filled with professional claims and counterclaims, excessive marketing hype, and riveting personal testimonies of how such problems […]

Emotional Trauma and Addiction

By David Sack, M.D. Although often overlooked, emotional trauma lies at the heart of many types of addictions. Our recognition of trauma as a root cause of addiction isn’t new. Since the 1970s, treatment professionals have understood the role of trauma in the development of substance abuse disorders and relapse. But in recent years, there […]

The Trees of Addiction & Recovery

By Steve K. At the bottom of the addiction tree is the soil and seeds of addiction, which consists of emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual neglect or abuse. These are combined with innate hereditary factors.  This unhealthy foundation creates the tree’s roots – the very painful feeling of toxic shame and the resulting fear, anger, […]