THE ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY CRAIG NAKKEN PDF

I did. For years I was so busy building walls I did not see that I was imprisoning myself behind them. My addictive thinking and behavior became the bars of my cell. I denied feeling empty inside and instead looked for new things to acquire, substances to take, and goals to achieve in order to feel better about myself. Sometimes I felt momentarily free, powerful, and whole, but in the end my addictive cycle only compounded my loneliness and despair. If you recognize this pattern in yourself, this book is addressed to you.

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Like any other major illness, addiction is an experience that changes people in permanent ways. The addict, he clarifies, seeks serenity through a person, place, or thing. On a back road. With some addictions, there is a physiological component that further skews reality.

And while I used to believe that once you were off of booze you were safe from the physiological drama within your limbic system emotion center of the brain , now I believe that the high of hypomania and mania produces the same illusion of completeness or serenity as when you reached the perfect buzz.

During the trance created by acting out, addicts may feel very excited, very shameful, and very scared. Whatever they are feeling, they feel it intensely.

Addicts feel very connected to the moment because of the intensity. Intensity, however, is not intimacy, though addicts repeatedly get them mixed up. The addict has an intense experience and believes it is a moment of intimacy.

Whether it be a work project, or a thrilling new friendship, or a media opportunity, I assumed that the trance state meant that it could complete me as Jerry Maguire would say at least take away all the restlessness I feel on a daily basis. Bottle or no bottle. On some level, this personality will always want to give the person the illusion that there is an object or event that can nurture him or her. According to Nakken, we need to turn to supportive, nurturing relationships in order to grow emotionally and spiritually.

Such as… Family and safe friendships. Nakken says we learn healthy interdependencies. A Higher Power. The first three steps in most step programs: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. But I do trust myself much more today than 20 years ago when I stopped drinking. In natural relationships there is a connecting with others—an act of giving and an act of receiving. In addiction there is only an act of taking. Natural relationships are based on emotionally connecting with others; addiction is based on emotional isolation.

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The Addictive Personality

Details Summary Second Edition Since its publication in , The Addictive Personality has helped people understand the process of addiction. Now, through this second edition, author Craig Nakken brings new depth and dimension to our understanding of how an individual becomes an addict. Going beyond the definition that limits dependency to the realm of alcohol and other drugs, Nakken uncovers the common denominator of all addiction and describes how the process is progressive. Through research and practical experience, Nakken sheds new light on: Genetic factors tied to addiction Cultural influences on addictive behaviors The progressive nature of the disease Steps to a successful recovery The author examines how addictions start, how society pushes people toward addiction, and what happens inside those who become addicted.

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Like any other major illness, addiction is an experience that changes people in permanent ways. The addict, he clarifies, seeks serenity through a person, place, or thing. On a back road. With some addictions, there is a physiological component that further skews reality.

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