General Definition Addiction Recovery - G

Genetic Predisposition: A higher level of vulnerability for a condition to develop due to your genetic blueprint.

Gratification: Happiness from engaging in personally satisfying and purposeful activities.

Gratitude: A thankful or appreciative attitude.

Guilt: Inner conflict due to your belief (true or not) that you violated your own standard of conduct, or a moral standard.

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General Definition Addiction Recovery - F

Facilitator: A person who leads and assists a group in an experience for a common objective.

Faith: Complete trust or belief in a person, thing, teaching or doctrine, not based of proof.

Family System: The way that family members interact with each other, the patterns maintain the roles, rules, orderliness, beliefs, and balance of the family.

Family System (Dysfunctional): An unhealthy style of family relating that is closed to outside influences and discourages communication or change in an attempt to protect the homeostasis (balance) of the system.

Family System (Addicted): See Enmeshed

Feedback System: A way to receive information about your behavior that can guide future actions if you pay attention, examples are other people’s reaction to you or your feelings.

Flooding: Becoming emotionally overwhelmed.

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General Definitions - E

Emotion: An intuitive feeling, based on complex subjective experience from biological, physical, psychological, and social responses to a life situation; influenced by mood, personality, motivation, hormones, and neurotransmitters.

Emotional Bondage: Being caught in cycle of emotional abuse, and feeling unable to break free. Usually inflicted by another person, but can be self-inflicted.

Emotional Flexibility: The ability to experience the full-range of emotions, positive and negative, and express them appropriately, and then let them go.

Emotional Intelligence: The ability to know what you are feeling and how to deal with those feelings.

Emotional Regulation: The ability monitor, evaluate, and modify your emotional reaction, and respond appropriately.

Empathy: The capacity to recognize, feel and ask about another person’s emotional experience.

End Stage Addiction: When one’s addiction has led them to enough health consequences that they will likely die.

Engagement, The Zone, The Groove: The ability to be totally involved, absorbed, or lost in a challenging activity; can be, but is not always fun.

Enmeshed: Family members drop their boundaries, lose their identity and direction, take on family roles, and help perpetuate the family’s addiction.

Environment or Social Trigger: Any person, place, thing, situation, or time that has a past association with using, and that could cause you to feel like using.

Euphoria, High, Intoxication: The emotional brain state of ecstasy, joy, and complete self-satisfaction; usually with change in perception, mood, or consciousness.

Euphoric Recall: Remembering and re-experiencing using as a very positive experience while disregarding the negatives.

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General Addiction Recovery Definitions - DUseful definitions in addiction recovery:  “D”

Defenses, Psychological: Psychological protection to cope with and reduce anxiety. There are various types of defenses, primarily unconscious. The most common is denial.

Defensive, Defended: Using one of many defenses as protection against change, criticism, vulnerability, or mental-emotional attack. Defenses can be used counterproductive.

Denial: A defense; the refusal to accept the truth, even in spite of feedback from people you trust.

Detoxification, Detox: The period of physical withdrawal from a substance.

Diagnose: The process of identifying and labeling the cause of a condition or situation.

DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders): The psychiatric insurance bible for diagnosing mental illness; current version is DSM-V.

Dual Diagnosis: A diagnosis wherein one has an addiction and a psychological-psychiatric condition.

Dysfunctional Family: A family’s very ineffective way of interacting with each other and the world.

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