The Dynamics Of Addictions

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The Presentation for The Neuroscience and Addiction Conference 2009, presented by Louis D. Cox, Ph.D & Laura C. Snyder, CSW

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    1. 1. The Dynamics of Addictions in Human Systems Louis D. Cox, Ph.D & Laura C. Snyder, CSW International Neuroscience and Addiction Conference 2009
    2. 2. Our goal for you … <ul><li>Increase your knowledge and methods to assess: </li></ul><ul><li>the forces impacting your patient </li></ul><ul><li>the role your (non-addict) patient plays within the family </li></ul><ul><li>what will help your patient and the family system as a whole </li></ul>
    3. 3. Addiction = Systemic Virus
    4. 4. Fooling the Immune System
    5. 5. It’s not addiction, he/she drinks/drugs because … LOVE OF A GOOD TIME ECCENTRIC / CREATIVE LOW SELF-ESTEEM BAD PARENTING LACK OF CONTROL / WEAK WILL SELFISHNESS BAD LUCK STUPIDITY HATEFULNESS POVERTY NOT ENOUGH LOVE SUBCULTURE - SEX - ROCK & ROLL - COLLEGE - BUSINESS LACK OF MORALS SELF-DESTRUCTIVENESS MADNESS IRRESPONSIBILITY / IMMATURITY NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH NOT HAVING FOUND: THE RIGHT THING TO SAY or THE RIGHT WAY TO SAY IT NOT BEING A GOOD ENOUGH PARENT OR FRIEND
    6. 6. It’s not addiction, he/she drinks/drugs because … … the list goes on.
    7. 7. SEEKING HELP: Who asks? When? For What?
    8. 8. Impact of Addiction on a Family System
    9. 9. Family Roles <ul><li>The Addict: “I want what I want when I want it.” </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Enabler: “ I will fix it.” </li></ul><ul><li>Hero: “ I can handle anything and succeed.” </li></ul><ul><li>Scapegoat: “ I’ll show you; I don’t care what I say.” </li></ul><ul><li>Lost Child: “ I’ll be invisible; I don’t need anyone.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mascot: “ Let me entertain you.” </li></ul>
    10. 10. Powerlessness and Shame in Impacted Family Systems
    11. 11. A Healthy Family Immune System <ul><li>The family’s immune system to this kind of stealth virus lies in its ability to avoid getting caught in shaming/blaming, to talk honestly with each other, to listen to and be curious about each other’s perspectives on the problem, to admit ignorance , to listen to and respect the wisdom in their feelings, to problem solve together , and to seek help when they are powerless to mend themselves. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Questionnaire to Assess the Family Immune System
    13. 13. Actions That Help <ul><li>Education/strengthening of self </li></ul><ul><li>Alanon/ACOA/CODA </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries/limits </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and releasing guilt/shame </li></ul>
    14. 14. Intervention and Treatment <ul><li>Johnson Model </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Model </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment Options </li></ul>
    15. 15. Resources for Family Members and Family Systems <ul><li>Books / articles / lectures / online </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment Centers – 5 day progs; family progs </li></ul><ul><li>Cox/Snyder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>58 East 79th Street NYC 10075 USA 212.717.6997 www.egomechanics.com [email_address] </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Thank You

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