I was running in San Rafael, Northern California today near San Francisco.I get my solitude from running which I found out many years ago. it is my form of meditation to turn the volume down in my mind and a great way to take care of myself .
Lately, I’ve had many great thoughts and ideas related to the epidemic of addictions in our country and how some people can stay clean and sober And ,how some folks just need something more other than a traditional chemical dependency treatment program.
I talk with many folks throughout my day such as; families calling for professional help with an intervention for a loved one, family case management services and other services . Also, I collaborate with many other professionals in the county from all over Canada and the United States in many topics related to the nature of addictions or mental health, such as; therapist, psychiatrist, Addiction doctors, Psychologist, treatment providers throughout my day.
Yesterday, I was talking with a colleague that is a prominent addiction doctor in San Francisco . Our discussion included; patterns in young adults, that I’ve been supporting in the last few years that started smoking marijuana from early age and how their level of developmental skills, anxiety and lack of emotional stability is causing issues in their relationships.
My professional assessment on some long term cannabis cases clearly are showing signs of emotional and mentally distress and adding to the lack of motivation, attachment issues , and frozen fear of not having fully developed skills trusting others,paranoia features, higher anxiety and antisocial characteristics.
One thing I have notice are; if an individual has someone hand holding them, giving direction, and acting as a supportive person, and not getting to deep into their emotional state, or tries to cross the line of their independence, they will build on developing skills, can in fact become successful through structure and personal growth.
My conversations with my doc friend/colleague went on to discuss, in some cases ,individual may have great work ethics, exercise program, family values and even be engaged in education program.
However, when it came time to engage in family or relational emotional issues, they present defensive, entitle, displaying, defensive attitude, negative reaction and clearly stuck in a place to not capable of processing information or becoming emotionally overwhelmed. When given encouragement and independence , they seemed more open to input, and have a far better attitude of retaining and developing skills. Trying to dictate their treatment plans really seemed to backfire and reverts into power and control between the professional and client.
I was reminded by my colleague , the studies are scientific evidence is accumulating information that shows that persons using alcohol and substance in early teenage years or into their 20’s and 30’s, having significant signs of developmental issues related to interruptions in dealing with relationships. The brain is showing difficulties processing information, some addicted people can still achieve many other skills that can be very productive with the right structure and support.
Overtime some folks can engaged into regular activities such as; work, school and become manageable in their lives, build life skills, interpersonal skills, and become fully independent to take responsibility for their lives. In this way of growth and change a person can produces positive feelings which helps the brain heal.
The evidence states that the brain matures completely again persons can be responsible to accumulate loving relationships and can becomes more mature, to have a deeper interest in their personal attributes and become fully independent.
The longer a persons continues to be independent, builds on developmental skills, learns connection skills, it creates healthy relationships at work, educated and gain personal connections with people will have a successful outcomes.
Also, some people merged through an addictive process can subsides without total commitment to absence dependency or active participation in pier groups such as AA or formal chemical dependency programs.
Sometimes , I wish that I could solve the world addiction problems in our country, it is vital that we open our mind to many alternatives in treating persons that not only has an addictions problem but has an developmental problem.
This Is another way to think about addictions and persons that have not fully developed skills because of addictions, complex trauma or painful interruptions in life.
Again, my writing is based on my professional experiences working with many folks from All walks of life.
I am again challenged to think in terms that some folks can find meaningful happiness and contentment through developing skills without formal inpatient chemical dependency treatment.
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