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Addiction Loss and Recovery - Nick Lechnir

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Through his life experiences growing up in a home with addiction and abuse, Nick Lechnir takes you on a deep dive into the mindset of addictive behavior, and reveals how we can truly understand and help those in need, while relating to current research and solutions for dealing with addiction and mental health challenges.

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Addiction Loss and Recovery - Nick Lechnir

  1. 1. How to Deeply Understand the Mindset of Addictive Behavior and Win the Battle Nick Lechnir
  2. 2.  Introduction
  3. 3.  Introduction
  4. 4.  Introduction
  5. 5.  ADDICTION LOSS RECOVERY
  6. 6.  PART 1: ADDICTION
  7. 7.  LIFE WITH MY DAD
  8. 8.  Life with my dad  Army and war veteran  Farmer  Laborer at Fertilizer Plant  Obligated and overextended  Mood Disorder
  9. 9.  Life with my dad
  10. 10.  “Barney the Beast” “Fearless Fife” “You think you’re man enough, fella?” Life with my dad
  11. 11.  Life with my dad  Intolerant of silly or childish behavior  Sullen, distant, and angry  Rough play  Critical of others  Abusive
  12. 12.  VICIOUS CIRCLE
  13. 13.  Any process where one event feeds off another, but which seems trapped in a loop and eventually returns to its starting point, with no benefit gained. Vicious Circle
  14. 14.  Vicious Circle
  15. 15.
  16. 16.  Abusive behavior in the family is often handed down from previous generations. It becomes familiar. Vicious Circle
  17. 17.  Abusive behavior was evident in my family as early as I can remember. Vicious Circle
  18. 18.  The deep dark secret… ALCOHOLISM
  19. 19.  WHEN DID IT START? Alcoholism
  20. 20.   Social drinker  Heavy drinker  Closet drinker  Severe alcoholic I knew my dad as a... When did it start?
  21. 21.  When did it start?  Childhood?  Teen years?  Army 1953?  Fall of 1978?
  22. 22.  When did it start? His two favorites were blackberry brandy and peppermint Schnapps. Why?
  23. 23.  Symptoms of Alcoholism  Strange actions and speech  Drunken binges  Blackouts  No memory  Drunk driving
  24. 24.  Symptoms of Alcoholism  More ornery, surly, hidden, and unapproachable  Lashing out, mean-spirited insults, and temper tantrums  Anger and rage  Verbal and physical abuse
  25. 25.  Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. Life had become truly insane! Insanity
  26. 26.  Fool me once, shame on you! Insanity Fool me twice, shame on me! Fool me 3x… well, you ain’t gonna fool me again!
  27. 27.  Insanity
  28. 28.  Denial It ain’t the river in Eqypt!
  29. 29.  Denial An addict’s favorite phrase… “I can stop any time I want”
  30. 30.  Denial
  31. 31.  Dysfunctional Family Roles
  32. 32.  Dysfunctional Family Roles
  33. 33.   Addict  Enabler/Caretaker/Codependent (usually the spouse)  Responsible/Good Child/Family (usually oldest child)  Troublemaker/Problem Child/Scapegoat/Rebel (blamed for everything)  Mascot/Clown (lightens the mood)  Lost Child/Loner (disappears when there is trouble)  Manipulator/Sneak (similar to the troublemaker and doesn't get caught or blamed)  Angel/Perfect Child (can do no wrong) Dysfunctional Family Roles
  34. 34.
  35. 35.  Bad becomes worse.
  36. 36.  The Accident Depression Jail time Detox (6 times) Bad becomes worse
  37. 37.
  38. 38.  BIOLOGY
  39. 39.  The 4 Feel Good Chemicals
  40. 40.  Endorphins Serotonin Oxytocin Dopamine
  41. 41.  Endorphins Responsible for masking pain or discomfort, which explains their association with the “fight or flight” response.
  42. 42.  Serotonin It’s your mood regulator. Whether you’re in a good mood or a bad mood, that’s serotonin.
  43. 43.  Oxytocin Makes us feel empathy which helps us feel close and bonded to others. The “cuddle” chemical.
  44. 44.  Dopamine Regulates emotional responses, and compels us to take action toward pleasure. The anticipation of happiness.
  45. 45.  Dopamine WARNING! Addictive substances kill dopamine receptors.
  46. 46.  Dopamine When the addicted brain has less dopamine, you need more (alcohol, cocaine, meth, pills, food, gambling, etc.) to get more dopamine, and...
  47. 47.  Dopamine It eventually becomes a never ending escalating cycle.
  48. 48.  The Not So Feel Good Chemical
  49. 49.  Cortisol
  50. 50.  Cortisol The “stress hormone”. A hormone your body releases when you’re under a lot of stress.
  51. 51.  Cortisol Chronic stress puts your health at risk. Prolonged secretion changes the chemical makeup of your brain.
  52. 52.  Cortisol Making you sicker and more addicted. Stuck!
  53. 53.  PART 2: LOSS
  54. 54.  LOSS OF…  Childhood  Happiness  Sanity  Freedom  Relationships  Trust
  55. 55.  LOSS OF…  Jobs/Employment  Opportunities  Friendships  Money  Time
  56. 56.  Side Effects  Low Self Worth  Shame and Guilt  Bed wetting  Resentment, Hatred and Grudges
  57. 57.  Side Effects  Jumping to conclusions/Irrational behavior  Overreacting/Knee jerk reactions  Impatience/Irritability/Easily annoyed Fear/ Paranoia  Magical thinking/Superstition
  58. 58.  Side Effects  Highly judgmental and critical of others and self  Depression/Anxiety  Panic Attacks  Suicidal thoughts  Anger/Rage
  59. 59.
  60. 60.
  61. 61.  TEEN YEARS
  62. 62.  Life of the party!
  63. 63.  Or maybe not…
  64. 64.
  65. 65.  PART 3: RECOVERY
  66. 66.  Recovery  My dad recovered in 1990.  He become a mentor for developmentally disabled clients.  He died in 2000 from COPD.  We made peace with each other.  My mom died in 2015 from Alzheimer’s Disease.
  67. 67.  Recovery  I received counseling.  Married 21 years with 6 children.  Successful employment for 30 years.  We have bad days.  Communication, love, and forgiveness  My siblings have issues.
  68. 68.  Recovery What can you do?
  69. 69.  Recovery  Awareness  Get help when it’s needed.  Engage in communication, compassion, and forgiveness.  Weather the storm of marriage and family life.  Engage in healthy activities.
  70. 70.  Recovery  Forget grudges and hatred  Confront and speak your mind  Realize that people are just human and they have flaws
  71. 71.  Recovery “Good Experience Deficit”
  72. 72.  Recovery  Focus on good memories.  Make more good memories.  Be passionate about life.  Tip the scales with more good experiences than bad.
  73. 73.  Recovery Get involved in your community.
  74. 74.  Recovery  Mental Health Coalition – Media Relations Manager  Toastmasters – VP of Public Relations  Grandad Half Marathon Advisory Committee  Riverside Corporate Wellness Advisory Committee  New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center  Great Rivers United Way
  75. 75.  Recovery Keep yourself busy doing things you love.
  76. 76.  Recovery  Professional Photography  Web design  Writing  Running/Strength Training  Family Time
  77. 77.  Recovery Step out of your shell.
  78. 78.  Recovery  Write articles  Record videos  Make podcasts  Speak at events  Write and publish a book
  79. 79.  Recovery
  80. 80.  Recovery
  81. 81.  WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
  82. 82.  What are the odds? The chance that human life even came into existence at all is about 1 in 4300 (1 in 4 to the power of 300) or...
  83. 83.  What are the odds? 4,149,516,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000!
  84. 84.  What are the odds? The chance of you being born exactly the way you are is about 1 in 10974076 (1 in 10 to the power of 974,076). That’s an incredibly large number!
  85. 85.  What are the odds? The same as being struck by lightning 1200 times in one day!
  86. 86.  What are the odds?
  87. 87.  What are the odds? Or every resident in Alaska sneezing at the exact same time!
  88. 88.  What are the odds?
  89. 89.  What are the odds? Or 100,000 people all winning the lottery jackpot at the exact same drawing!
  90. 90.  What are the odds?
  91. 91.  You are unique You’re here for a reason. Go out and make a difference in someone’s life! Make a positive impact!
  92. 92.  Nick Lechnir Email: njlech@hotmail.com Website: http://leapfroggingsuccess.com Book: http://amzn.to/2sVoilI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/njlech LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-lechnir-a770ba10 Toastmasters: http://411.toastmastersclubs.org Mental Health Coalition: http://mentalhealthlacrosse.org
  93. 93.  Thank you! Questions?

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