Phases Of Chemical Dependency Addiction And Recovery

Phases Of Chemical Dependency (Addiction)

Primary Phase Of Chemical Dependency

  • Using drugs to relieve tension
  • Increase in tolerance
  • Uncomfortable in a situation when they are not high
  • Continued use when others stop
  • Preoccupation with using drug
  • Occasional lapse in memory after heavy use
  • Secret irritation when use of drugs are discussed

Crucial Phase Of Chemical Dependency

  • LOSS OF CONTROL
  • Aggressive and extravagant behavior
  • Making excuses for use
  • Efforts to control use fail
  • Repeated memory lapses
  • Guilt and remorse about use
  • Promises and resolutions fail
  • Marked self-pity and negative thinking
  • Loss of other interests
  • Tremors and early morning use
  • Work and family problems
  • Using alone
  • Protecting supply

Chronic Phase Of Chemical Dependency

  • LENGTHY INTOXICATIONS
  • Geographic escape
  • Moral deterioration
  • Loss of tolerance
  • Indefinable fears
  • Using with inferiors
  • Medical help: hospitalization
  • Obsessed with use
  • Vague spiritual desires
  • All alibis exhausted
  • Complete defeat admitted
  • Continued dishonesty
  • Increased deterioration
  • Insanity

Phases Of Chemical Dependency (Recovery)

  • Honest desire for help
  • Stops using
  • Physical recovery begins
  • Learns that chemical dependency is an illness that can be treated
  • Positive thinking begins
  • Starts to react to group therapy
  • Makes honest admission over powerlessness over drugs
  • Spiritual needs examined
  • Makes personal inventory
  • Confession of character defects
  • Makes amends list
  • Diminishing fear and anxieties
  • Natural rest and sleep
  • Realistic thinking
  • Rebirth of self-esteem
  • Appreciation of spiritual values
  • Improved physical health
  • Increased interest in group therapy
  • Contentment in sobriety
  • Confidence of family, employers returned
  • Economic improvement
  • Continued practice of recovery principles