An addiction can be formed by continued participation with the substance or activity that activates the dopamine reward system in the brain. This continued participation can alter brain chemistry, causing cravings long after the substance or habit has been stopped. The cravings cause vulnerability to relapse. Relapse is a return to the substance or habit to relieve uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Participation with a substance or activity is often used as a form of self-medication, to calm and soothe our moods, or distract us during stressful situations or emotional difficulties.
This 19 minute video was created by Elisabeth Davies, MC as a companion to her Good Things Emotional Healing Journal: Addiction Workbook. It contains answers as to why we become addicted, why we stay addicted and effective treatments to manage addiction.
I would encourage anyone who is tired of being enslaved by addictions and compulsions to use this extremely valuable resource as an important part of their self-healing. I have been a psychotherapist for forty years, and I am always searching for useful self-growth tools for my clients. Elisabeth Davies’ “Good Things Emotional Healing Journal-Addiction” is one of the best!
–Marcia Conley, M.A., LPC, BCIA
I have been privileged to review a new workbook that is tailor made to help facilitate the process of recovery from several addictions. This workbook is full of guided suggestions that will bring you along a new healthy path that you can share with others close to you as you work through the various exercises designed to bring about healthy change. This workbook is practical yet clearly well versed in the necessities for lasting recovery.
–Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, ED.D, Ph.D., Author of Performance Addiction
Physical and emotional stress can make millions of people vulnerable to use mood altering substances and unhealthy habits as an attempt to cope. “Good Things Emotional Healing Journal-Addiction” is a valuable resource that offers effective strategies and insights to manage unwanted habits and compulsive behaviors, so that you can choose healthier ways to cope with life.