What’s your addiction recipe?

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The idea for this post came from a discussion on Collette’s blog, (Wine to Water) about Gabor Mate’s view that addiction is always rooted in childhood trauma (In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction). My friend did not see herself as having been traumatised as a child so this idea didn’t work for her. I’ve not yet read the book but I will. Whilst I happen to think a lot of mental health difficulties including addiction are rooted in childhood experiences I also think it can be reductionist and unhelpful to have linear cause and effect models for complex processes. The important thing about however you conceptualise a human problem is that it makes sense and is useful to the person with the problem. So this is an attempt to show the complexity of addiction using myself as a case study. These…

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36 years old, wife, stay at home mum, outdoors lover, wild swimmer, starting the journey to an AF life

7 thoughts on “What’s your addiction recipe?

  1. LSA, this is a great post. I fully believe we all have our own addiction recipe. I’ll have to come up with mine. Lord knows I spent years perfecting it. And you are so right about not one single ingredient being the predictor of whether someone will have a problem. It is much more layered and complex. That’s why I also believe that everyone has to get sober in their own way. Definitely not a one-size-fits-all problem or solution. I think you are right on with your own recipe…It’s too bad that all of those ingredients came together in your life, but I’m so glad to see all the work you are doing creating your recipe for sobriety, and a life where you can thrive instead of merely survive. Much love. Xx


  2. Ok, I’m sorry I thought this was YOUR post and I realized it was a repost! I was working my way backwards on Reader because I’ve been out of the loop for a week or so and came across yours before DGS. And I’m not being very observant these days, so please forgive! So I will pass along my message to her…but, I would like to see what your recipe is as well! Geeze! Xx

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