All addictive behaviors have at least these two things in common: (1) they help people cut off painful feelings; and (2) they are strongly influenced or controlled by a destructive thought process that both seduces the person into the behavior and punishes them for indulging
One of the most popular current forms of addiction treatment is Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by Drs. Bill Miller and Stephen Rollnick. The MI system seems comfortable and useful for both therapists and clients.
Even for mental health professionals, it’s a puzzle to determine what draws people to addiction and how to tell when they are engaging in addictive behavior.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most diagnosed psychiatric disorders in children and is typically associated with a marked level of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
Today at lunch there were four servicemen in their desert fatigues; I could not help but wonder what they were bringing home, or taking with them and loading on – to what?