I loaned copies of From the Needle to the Grave to a few women who work at a cafe/bistro in Rochester, New York, as part of a wider program that helps those in recovery get back on their feet via a supportive employment setting and the requirements of their treatment programs. They told me they thought the book was honest and insightful and struck many chords in their own lives. These women, who are battling alcohol, cocaine and opiate addictions, reported how hopeless they had often felt and how they had considered suicide many times to escape their pain and sadness. This book would be a catalyst in a group counseling setting for individuals struggling with addiction.
A physician who is board-certified as a psychiatrist with specialized training in addiction diagnosis, treatment, and management. Addiction psychiatrists can provide therapy, although most emphasize and prescribe medications and work in collaboration with social workers, psychologists, or counselors who provide psychotherapy.
The foundational text of the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) organization. It outlines the 12 steps and 12 traditions that are at the core of the Narcotics Anonymous program, as well as containing personal stories of active addiction and recovery.
The nickname for the basic foundational text of the mutual-help organization, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It outlines the 12 steps that are at the core of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, as well as containing personal stories of alcohol addiction and recovery.
Treatment programs that work to treat substance use disorder alongside other co-occuring mental, physical, emotional or social considerations, recognizing how the presence of each can be a risk factor for relapse to either. The term is most often used to indicate the combination of addiction treatment services with mental health treatment services, or on-site pregnancy, parenting, or child-related services.
Also known as self-help groups, peer support groups, and mutual aid, mutual help organizations are for the most part peer run volunteer organizations that focus on socially supportive communication and exchange of addiction and recovery experiences and skills.
Imagine a treatment setting that integrates time-limited reparative medication support, sustained psychological and peer-based personal and family social support, athletic competition, involvement in the arts, and community service activities. Imagine a community of recovering people whose collective goal is nothing short of the fundamental reconstruction of one's body, mind, character, spirit, and relationships. For more than 15 years, I have been involved with such a setting: Congress 60, a recovery community with branches throughout the Islamic Republic of Iran. I have published papers on the history and methods of Congress 60 (See HERE and HERE) and posted prior interviews with its founder, Mr. Hossein Dezhakam, on recovery community leadership and Congress 60's use of Guides and Co-Guides. I recently interviewed Mr. Dezhakam on the role ofworldview? in addiction recovery.
Worldview plays a unique role in addiction treatment and recovery. Without body repair and a change in worldview, the cure of addiction is not possible. To cure addiction we must take care of the body, psyche, and worldview. The true teachings of worldview are what transforms our members from what they were into law abiding and contributing citizens. Our teachings related to worldview are outlined in our book Love 14 Valleys for Recovery , which is posted on your website.
The worldview has a profound effect on recovery from addiction. Recovery without worldview is like a religion without holy book or a country without laws. I believe worldview must help an individual to get out of the darkness and provide one with self-confidence. It provides the courage to do the Impossible. It strengthens the bonds between the person and the family. It turns the weakest of us into the strongest by teaching us how to be human and how to speak with each other. It is the key to regaining balance.
Changes in character and values are an essential part of addiction recovery within Congress 60. Without proper changing of worldview, we cannot change the psych or the mood of the person. If worldview changes properly, it is most certain that the personality will change and the person will have a different view toward values and vices.
Mr. Hossein Dezhakam: Congress 60's efforts in this area are outlined in our 14 Valleys for Recovery book. An individual must learn the worldview teachings in order to learn how to communicate with himself, family, and the community. The process takes place slowly from participating in worldview classes, in sports and the arts, and in community service projects. The result is that our members are very successful in their own jobs and personal lives. For example, a Congress 60 member who has a shop learns how to communicate with clients so he has many customers. If he is a mechanic, he strives to become the best mechanic.
I just remembered something from our dear mutual friend Dr. Kurtz, may he rest in peace. At the beginning of our communications, he asked me if I was familiar with the seven great sins written in the holy book. I responded that I was familiar with the seven great sins but that I believed there was only one great sin, which is ignorance. If a person can achieve distance from ignorance, thousands of sins can be avoided. Just as illnesses are rooted in the X system [one's neurobiology], the roots of human problems lie in ignorance toward the nature of our existence. A vibrant worldview is essential for recovering from addiction and embracing our humanity.
Mr. Hossein Dezhakam: I would only add that the most important point in recovery and worldview is how this is developed within each person seeking recovery. Our teachings must be real and applicable. Our teachings must elicit power, self-confidence, encouragement, and resilience. For instance, if we convey to a son that he is ignorant and stupid and has made uncorrectable mistakes, then we will create a weak person assured to fail. If instead, we say to that child, "You have made a mistake for which you can and will make amends , then we create a responsible citizen." There is a huge difference between these two attitudes. What I'm trying to say is that worldview is very important in addiction recovery as is what we are teaching and who is conducting the teaching. Through proper teachings and encouragement within Congress 60, we have made leaders, including national athletic champions, out of people once hopelessly addicted.
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