Social media connects people quickly and easily…and is the backbone of Jewish Recovery.org. Today’s recovering addict can access specialised “Recovery Rabbis” via Twitter, Facebook and blogs…and participate in dialogue. We talk to Rabbi Yisrael Pinson about the unique ways that Jewish addicts and alcoholics can reclaim their spiritual Judaism in the context of the 12 Steps. Learn more here.
It’s a new year and a new format. Rather than spread addiction topics across the year willy-nilly, I’ve decided to present you with monthly topics. This way, we can go in-depth into an addiction topic to explore the brain science, the physiology and the soul matters by category. I hope that this brings some clarity to the discussion. And this month we discuss internet addiction. Check out initial thoughts here
Of the basic principles of recovery (honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness), you must begin with honesty in order to stop the cycle of addiction. These ten questions can help you start getting honest … with yourself. Print out these questions and set them aside for a time when you’re ready to evaluate any addiction.
Our emotions are part of the subtle fabric that makes us human. Emotions are often the reaction to events, but they also trigger new events. So what role does worry play in the consciousness? Is there a place for worry in our modern lives? And if we’re ready to change, how can we alter the behavior pattern that reinforces worry?
Addiction to prescription drugs is not new. But these days, given the range of mental health and emotional or behavioral diagnoses doled out to anyone and everyone, we are becoming a pill-happy culture. Abuse of doctor authorized medications is on the rise. What are the signs that a loved one is using scripts to cope with life? And how can you know the difference between proper and misuse of prescription drugs?
Ever wanted to try self-hypnosis for a current addiction? Check out this easy-to-use script with instructions for making your own audio file. Flexible enough to add or change the suggestion that you’d like to plant in your psyche. But classic enough to do the trick. Record your own voice to hypnotize yourself and enhance your intentions again and again.
Combinations of counselling, support groups, medications and alternative therapies can all contribute to a successful addiction cessation program. There’s no cheaper way to experience hypnosis than to try it at home! Self-hypnosis is very easy to learn and can be done in the privacy of your own home. You can make your own tapes to listen to or simply practice for 30 minutes once or twice a day. Take the mystery out of hypnosis and learn one method of mastering your mind.
There is a general agreement that certain effects of hypnosis exist. But there are differences of opinion within the research and clinical communities about whether or not hypnosis is as effective as other addiction treatment therapies – addiction treatments that have already been studied and proven effective. Can hypnotism be explained as a placebo effect or does evidence suggest that more research is required?
Hypnosis has been on the fringe of psychology and mental health treatment for centuries. Seen as a pseudo-science by the medical establishment, hypnosis has been gaining evidence-based ground recently. But can suggestions made during a hypnotic state really release old patterns of thinking? Can hypnosis transform our fears and break our addictive tendencies? Is hypnosis a verifiable science or an art?
The pressures of a global recession. The need to produce more for ego-satisfaction. Or simply the need to work as a distraction from inner pain. Call it what you will, work addiction is endemic to our society. So what are some tips for workaholics? How can we manage work addiction?