Category Archives: Addictions

The Benefits of Addiction Recovery: There’s more to recovery than just freedom from addiction.

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People often take a myopic view when they begin seeking help for their addictions.  The consensus is addicts in recovery want freedom from their drug of choice whether it’s food, sex, drugs, alcohol, or gambling to name a few. 

But what those in long-term addiction recovery will tell you is the freedom from addiction is just a starting point.  If anything, it might only be scratching the surface.

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The Contradiction of Addiction: Is it a disease, a choice, or a form of powerlessness?

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As an addiction specialist, one of the most common rebuttals I get from the general public and even those suffering from an addiction is the aversion to the belief of powerlessness.  No one wants to feel “powerless” over a substance like drugs or alcohol or to behaviors like gambling, eating, or sex.  We all want and inherently believe we make choices in life and need to be held accountable to them.

But therein lies the rub.  The core definition of addiction is doing something which negatively impacts you and your loved ones yet you can’t stop and continue to do so.  So how do we make sense of the nature of addictions?  Is it a disease, a choice, or are we simply powerless over them?

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The Incel Ideology: Treating Incels is similar to addiction treatment.

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When Incels (Involuntary Celibates) or those with “Incel-like” tendencies come into my office or request about my services, they will often first distance themselves from describing themselves as extreme Incels as those on the fringes have been associated with misogynistic, angry, and violent men who endorse killing men and women based on their sexual frustrations.

Yet they empathize with the Incel community’s concerns and share many of the similar ideologies with the exception of supporting the violence.   What’s characteristic of many Incels is their cognitive distortions also known as “thinking errors” often referenced in addiction recovery circles.

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Millennials love Anime/Hentai Porn: What parents need to be aware of when it comes to cartoon porn.

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Hentai is a Japanese word that translated into English means “perverse” sexual desire.  Its porn which comes in cartoons, anime, or Manga format is one of the most popular kinds of porn for Millenials, young adults, and children.  According to one porn site’s analytics detailing the most popular search terms on its site, ‘Japanese’ shot up 4 positions to become the most searched term of 2019. While ‘hentai‘ (NSFW) remained the second most popular term.

Needless to say, this is a trend that is likely to stick as Hentai porn attracts both young and old.  Old in the sense that long-time porn users often need a more stimulating material as they have hit a certain level of tolerance and different types of porn for arousal and intensity.

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The Addict’s Apologies aren’t Enough: How Addicts can take responsibility.

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In my work with addicts be it drugs, alcohol, or behavioral addictions like gambling or compulsive pornography usage, one trait in early recovery often sticks out-the inability to take true responsibility for their actions.  Instead, these addicts often go to what they know best, a collection of cognitive distortions or “thinking errors” that do little more than keep them trapped in their cycle of addiction.

For example, I had a female client who came in initially because her husband threatened divorce after expressing concern for her drinking habits as she was cited for a DUI after hitting a telephone pole.  Besides the crash, the wife drank an average of a bottle of wine daily, sometimes starting mid-day and drinking until it was time for bed.  

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