Understanding How Addicted Individuals Think

If you have a loved one with a drug or alcohol problem, you HAVE to understand the nature of the beast(addiction) and how addicted individuals think. It's complicated, but you're not powerless!

There are three separate levels of thinking we're going to cover in this video.

  • How addicts think about themselves

  • What they think about their relationships

  • What they think about the drugs

Are you familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy?

Maslow's Hierarchy is illustrated as a pyramid(shown below) and on each level of the hierarchy are our needs; physiological, security, social, self-esteem, and self-actualization needs. You might be wondering what this has to do with addiction?

Unfortunately, if you or a loved one are in active addiction to drugs or alcohol, that hierarchy has likely been turned upside down. During active addiction, drugs and alcohol can little by little become a top priority over your basic needs as a human.

What's interesting about this is when you're dealing with someone that's using a substance, such as pills, they will think about the next need that needs to be met. When the drug starts wearing off is when they go back to the place of being stuck and not taking care of their basic needs.

It's only when in recovery when those basic needs are met, a person will have more attention and energy to devote to the healing of addiction.

Amber Hollingsworth,

Hope for Families Recovery Center

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