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    Understanding the Psychology of Addiction

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Drug and alcohol addiction take their toll on your mind as well as on your body, and what many people may not realize is that addiction is a psychological response as much as it is a physical one. Learn more about the psychology of addiction and how drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers can help.

    Emotional Triggers and Rage

    Drug and alcohol addiction are triggered by emotions, particularly emotions of helplessness, fear, and inadequacy. The reason for these feelings is varied and unique for each individual, but in every person these feelings cause you to feel trapped, seeking out your drug of choice in an attempt to feel empowered or in control of your feelings and your life. Additionally, the emotional triggers behind your addiction often invoke powerful feelings of rage, which not only drives you toward the addictive behavior but acts to override your common sense or good judgment to justify your drug or alcohol abuse.


    The other concept at the heart of addiction is called displacement, which simply means that rather than dealing with your fears or uncomfortable feelings in a more healthy way to deal with your triggers. Displacement causes you to choose drugs or alcohol rather than working out a logical way to solve your problem, and the rage which fuels the displacement keeps you from seeing that a more logical course of action might be healthier as well as produce a permanent solution.

    Psychology and Treating Addiction

    Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is an incredibly individualized process. In order to successfully address addiction, rehab centers work with you to determine your individual triggers and help you find healthier ways to resolve your feelings of helplessness rather than displacement and abuse.

    At Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, we strive to help you understand your own individual addiction and the reasons behind it. Our rehabilitation programs will teach you how to successfully deal with feelings of fear or discomfort, rather than turning to drugs or alcohol. Learn more about us on the web or by calling (503) 298-4393.

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    Move Forward With Your Life! Get Rehabilitation Advice With These Useful Links

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you are trying to get on with your life after drug or alcohol rehabilitation, you don’t have to do it alone. Take a look at some of these helpful links. Here at Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, we believe that no one should have to go through recovery alone. Call us today at (503) 298-4393 if you have questions about our rehabilitation programs or are in need of assistance.

    • Alcohol and drug abuse affects the whole family, not just the addict. Learn more about family addiction recovery.
    • Rehabilitation programs are an important part in overcoming addiction. Read about the benefits of rehab in this article from
    • Take a look at this guide from Discovery Fit & Health to learn how to cope with addiction in your family.
    • Making the decision to seek help is the first step in overcoming addiction. Find out ways you can find assistance and what to expect with this guide from
    • In this article, the National Institute on Drug Abuse gives you a look at the different approaches to addiction recovery.

    Preparing for Your Rehabilitation Experience: What to Bring with You

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Making the decision to attend an addiction recovery program is one of the most important steps toward rehabilitation. The days leading up to your program may be overwhelming, and you may not know what to expect. Here is a list of things you should—and shouldn’t—bring with you to the rehab facility to make the best out of your stay.

    What to bring:

    • State ID card and insurance card to check in, and cash for store runs
    • Any prescription medications you are currently taking including a list and dosing instructions
    • Contact list of family and friends in case of emergency
    • Phone card for outside phone calls
    • Comfortable clothing
    • Jackets or sweaters and attire appropriate for outdoor activities
    • Glasses, contacts, shampoos, soap, shaving supplies, and other toiletries or cosmetics
    • Alcohol-free versions of products such as mouthwash, perfumes, etc.
    • Pillow, pajamas, robe, and slippers
    • Alarm clock
    • Books, music player, etc.
    • Letter writing materials
    • Workout and/or swim clothes
    • Cigarettes
    • Any personal mementos that will make you feel at home during your stay in the rehab center

    What NOT to bring:

    • Any products that contain alcohol
    • Drugs or drug related items
    • Clothing or objects depicting alcohol or drugs
    • Cell phone
    • Cameras, video cameras, computers
    • Valuables
    • Vitamins or herbal remedies
    • Outside food or beverages

    You will be staying at the rehab facility for at least thirty days, so it is important to adhere to the packing rules to make sure you get off to a good start. At Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, we want you to be able to exit your rehabilitation program healthy, happy, and addiction free. If you or a loved one is seeking help to live an addiction free life, please call us today at (503) 298-4393.

    The Science of Addiction

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Addiction, whether it is to alcohol, drugs, or anything else, is a disorder of the brain’s reward system. This means that the brain misunderstands the signals from the substance as signals of survival. This video featuring Dr. Drew Pinsky explains this fact along with other information on drug and alcohol addiction.

    This video offers a look at the science behind addiction. Dr. Pinsky notes the genetic factors in addiction and suggests looking to family history as a sign of possible addiction problems. He also suggests looking at the consequences of your potential addiction to determine whether you are truly dependent on the substance.

    Addiction is a serious illness that can take a lifetime to fully recover from, and at Astoria Pointe we are here to help you take that first important step. Our men’s recovery programs, along with our women’s recovery programs at The Rosebriar, are focused on helping you become healthy and addiction free. For more information, call us today at (503) 298-4393.

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