What does it take to recover from addiction? Addiction specialist Dr. Robert Lefever talks about the difference between abstinence and recovery, the Lefever Clusters of Addictive Behaviours, and the modern addiction treatments he uses with his patients.
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Topics Discussed in this Episode:
- The definition of addiction
- The difference between abstinence and recovery
- The reason why people relapse
- The 3 aspects of recovery
- The 3 courses of addiction
- The genetic component of addiction
- Addiction is the inability to predict what’s going to happen after the first use.
- The 3 aspects of recovery:
- Peace of mind
- Happy and mutually fulfilling relationships
- Spontaneity, creativity, and enthusiasm
- Addiction is a neuro-transmission disease. It is
- The 3 courses of addiction:
- The crucial issue is always “Am I an addict?” That applies to one in six of the population.
- Children of alcoholics of the same sex have a 60% chance of becoming alcoholics. Children of the opposite sex have a 40% chance and children having both parents as alcoholics have an 80% chance of becoming alcoholics.
- Learn more about addiction.
- Look after yourself.
“These crazy ideas come out of the blue. It’s not premeditated, it’s not because of some dreadful trauma, it just happens. Therefore, we need to use a preventive… in order to prevent a relapse. That brings me abstinence. “
“The crucial issue that I’m trying to get through is that I may have an addictive nature and have a genetic predisposition but I can do a great deal for it… I can cope with it by finding ways that work.”
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