Neurobiology of Addiction
Neurobiology of addiction is an education group that is designed to help those early in recovery understand why it was so difficult for them to stop using drugs or alcohol from a biological and neurological perspective.
The Impacts of Addiction on the Brain
The first group on neurobiology of addiction gives clients a firm grounding in the basics of neurobiology as it pertains to the causes, symptoms, and consequences of a physical or psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs. You will learn how different drugs impact the brain chemistry, and how those impacts lead to negative behaviors and an increasing need for the drug of choice.
Using Neurobiology Concepts to Avoid Relapse
In the second group we discuss ways in which a general understanding of neurobiology can make easier the transition from active addiction to early recovery, focusing on Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), triggers and high-risk situations.The third group tasks clients with revisiting the events and circumstances that brought them eventually to recovery.
Mindfulness and Self-Awareness
Having completed this exercise, we then move on to discuss the importance of constructing a comprehensive program of recovery, concluding with concrete ideas and guidelines.The fourth and final group in the series focuses on the importance of mindfulness. We return to themes alluded to in earlier groups: acceptance, patience and action. But we also touch on the importance of the daily practice of humility and gratitude, paying special attention to self-awareness, self-discovery, and the benefits of thinking about and helping others.
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