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Abstinence may be as hard or even harder than drinking for the alcoholic because it reveals so many problems that were obscured by the family's focus on alcohol.

Denial remains as strong as ever as the family has to face the harsh realities of delusion, illusion and collusion that have dominated its reality during drinking and that are now revealed during the period of abstinence.

It is this author's contention that the approach for the female partner is as important in examination as that of the alcoholic himself.

As Carl Jung stated: Seldom or never does marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crisis.

We often hear the term “narcissist,” but what does it mean?

From my vantage point as a psychotherapist, I work with many individuals who are leaving and healing from relationships, especially romantic ones, with people who are narcissists.

I pride myself on being a strengths-focused therapist, in direct opposition of any of such disempowering diagnostic nomenclature.

In the disease approach, the family members are treated with therapy separate from the alcoholic.

This therapy encourages the alcoholic, the spouse and the family to reach outside the family for help.

There is no birth of consciousness without pain(Cambell 1971, pg.167).

Three focuses of therapy will be reviewed in this paper. Alcoholism is viewed as a disease and family members also have the disease of "codependence" (Cermak, 1986).