By Vernon E. Johnson
Vernon E. Johnson, D.D., founding father of the Johnson Institute. Former college member of Rutgers collage summer season university for Alcohol reports Dr. Johnson compiled the preferred Johnson Institute literature on chemical dependence for this entire family members advisor. It comprises solutions to those vital questions: How am i able to realize chemical dependence? How am i able to stay away from it? How can my relations remedy the issues that include it? How is chemical dependence various from girls, young children, little ones, and the aged? How am i able to hinder my baby from utilizing medications? Designed for simple entry, this useful consultant to prevention, intervention, and restoration will help any kin who desires to preserve alcohol and medication from ruining its contributors' lives.
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6. Has the person broken promises to control or stop his drinking or other drug use? 7. Has the person ever lied about her drinking or using, or tried to hide it from you? 8. Have you ever been embarrassed by the person's drinking or other drug use? 9. Have you ever lied to anyone else about the person's drinking or other drug use? 10. Have you ever made excuses for the way the person behaved while drinking or using? 11. Are many of the person's friends heavy drinkers, or do they use other drugs?
Finally, although this example illustrates alcoholism, the emotional syndrome holds true for any form of chemical dependence. Ed could just as well be using cocaine, marijuana, barbiturates, painkillers, or tranquilizersany mind-altering drug. Page 22 His mood moves in a welcome direction, from 1 to 2 on our Feeling Chart. He thinks, ''This is great! '' When the effects wear off, he moves back to where he started emotionally. Ed has just entered Phase I of chemical dependence. Sooner or later, he makes a profound discovery: If one drink makes him feel good, then two (or three) are even better!
Victims of chemical dependence, however, always move past this phase. In Ed's case, there comes a point at which his drinking behavior and excessive use begin to exact an emotional toll. At this point he moves into harmful dependence, and it signals the true onset of the disease. There is a direct correlation between the degree of emotional cost and the degree of dependence. The higher the former, the more serious the latter. How can we differentiate between so-called "normal" social drinking or drug use and harmful dependence?