The Psychology of All Addictions (And Pathways to Treatment)
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I have been a practicing psychologist in an outpatient setting for over thirty-two years. I run into the same issues and problems almost every day--addictions, anxiety, assertiveness, anger problems, divorce, weight management, parenting, children and teenager's behaviors, mood disorders, relationships, self-esteem, guilt, forgiveness, procrastination and ADHD/learning disabilities. This ebook is about the first subject. In it, I take you through the steps I go through to diagnose and treat addictions--ANY addiction
I start out with a NEW concept--the Universal Self-Test for Addictions (USTA). It's a self-test you can score for yourself or someone you suspect has an addiction. It comes with complete instructions for scoring and interpretation.
In this ebook, I answer a LOT of questions. Here they are:
What are the short and long definitions of addiction?
What are the four major diagnostic components?
What are the four additional concepts that define it?
What are the symptoms?
What four psychiatric illnesses mimic addiction?
What are the six major addictions? (Hint: Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling, Sex, Food, and Internet or Internet-related things)
What are some other addictions? (I came up with 73...)
What are the seven categories and five schedules of drugs?
What are the current statistics for each addiction?
How are all addictions the same or different?
What are the myths and facts?
What are the seven stages of developing an addiction?
(Another NEW concept: The Addiction Developmental Continuum)
What are the causes of addiction?
Habit or disease?
Triggers? What happens next?
(Another NEW concept: The Addiction Reflex)
What happens to the brain?
What are the seven stages of treatment?
Which is better? 12-Step Programs? Smart Recovery? Individual Therapy?
Questions to get started--46 things to ask in treatment.
What are the five most helpful therapeutic aids?
The deep stuff: Family-of-origin relationships, relationships
with others, Self-Esteem.
Cognitive Behavioral considerations: the relationship of thoughts and the emotions that follow, the kinds of thoughts that produce the kinds of feelings you have, your moods and last, the relationship between your thoughts, emotions, mood and behavior.
What if you live with an addict? What to do? What then?
Lastly, there is a section on quotes, followed by a lengthy bibliography.
Like my other publications, this ebook has no fat, but is full of the latest info, plus new original concepts.
Nobody has published what I present as the glue that makes the whole addiction concept really work. I think
this is why my ebook does a better job. The theory I espouse builds on the standard explanations in this field
but now offers many new ideas. These new concepts pull the whole idea of addiction together so it makes sense.
I know, because I've been using it with clients as an outpatient psychologist for years. Want to know what addiction is and how to deal with it? Want to be able to really understand how it came to be and how to exactly plot where you are in developing an addiction? Want to understand and be able to deal with someone who has an addiction? This ebook is for you.
Ebooks are replacing standard books because they are easier and quicker to obtain. There is a need for immediate information, reasonably priced. I've priced this ebook to be at least twenty percent undermarket, considering what bookstores charge and the travel costs to and from. The ebook is now available for download.