Physician heals others as he heals himself It’s hard to ask for help when you’re the doctor, but being a doctor doesn’t mean you’re immune to mental illness and addiction. The story of a Warkworth physician illustrates this fact. But the ‘Courage To Come Back Award’ Michael Kaufmann recently received from the Canadian Association of …∞
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Symptoms and personality traits in alcoholic patients: a comparative study. The aim of this paper was to describe the psychopathological and personality profile associated with alcohol dependence and to compare it with those of non-addictive disorders and the normal population. The sample consisted of 158 alcohol-dependent participants attending a psychiatric outpatient clinic, 120 psychiatric patients …∞
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People can have many dysfunctional beliefs. Not all of these are in any one person but if there is many then that person may be dysfunctional. Alcoholics, addicts, co-dependents and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA’s) may identify. Some of these dysfunctional beliefs are; That I can control my emotions. That I can control someone else’s …∞
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Alcoholics, addicts and co-dependents use many and varied combinations of these. Identify yours and work to eliminate them. When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us – Alexander Graham Bell Defence …∞
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Adopting Roles The members of an alcoholic/addicted family adopt roles to maintain peace and balance among themselves. One researcher likened this to a ‘mobile’ hanging from the ceiling where each piece keeps the others in balance. When one piece of the mobile changes or falls off the others become chaotic and out of balance. When …∞
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Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder A recovery book about Substance Abuse and Borderline Personality Disorder. “What the hell was that?” raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was …∞
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Sobriety can counteract most of the brain and thinking damage caused by heavy drinking.
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) If you have obsessive thoughts this means that certain words or ideas keep coming into your mind automatically. This can make you feel very anxious, particularly if the thoughts are nasty, unpleasant or frightening. For example, some people have repeated thoughts about germs causing disease or death. In order to cope with …∞
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Are You Burning Out? Many people in recovery from alcoholism, addiction, co-dependency or gambling may get to a point that it all seems just too much or burnout a little in recovery efforts. This can be serious sign on the road to relapse, a bust. This article may help you think about the issues involved. …∞
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These myths would be of interest to anyone involved with alcoholism – wives, partners, parents, children, adult children (co-dependents) and of course the alcoholic. Myth 1: An alcoholic is the falling-down drunk on skid row. Answer: Only three percent of alcoholics are on skid row. Those alcoholics on skid row are undoubtedly in the last …∞
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