Useful definitions in addiction recovery: “B”
Baseline: A starting point or personal standard that provides a point of reference for evaluating change. A new baseline can be created.
Behavioral Addiction: Any behavior you continue to participate in, in spite of negative consequences. See Process Addiction.
Behavioral Therapy: Therapy that focuses on reducing negative behaviors and increasing positive ones.
Belief: An acceptance that something is true and that things that in opposition to that belief, are not true.
Bond: A deep, emotional connection with another person.
Boundary: A physical, visual, mental, emotional, or spiritual border or limit: your resources, space, or time. A big issue in personal relationships, especially codependency.
Brain Scan: An image of one’s brain taken with a fMRI, MRI, PET, or SPECT machine. It provides insight of brain functioning, helping with diagnosis and treatment.
Major motivation for recovery occurs when you have hit your bottom, which is the point in time when you experience the reality that you have an addiction and that it is hurting your life and the lives of your loved ones. When you hit a bottom, the negatives of your behavior become real, your defenses break down, and denial is gone. You are left with the consequences that your addiction has caused in your life. Connecting as fully as you can to this awareness will motivate your need for change. Everyone has their own enough level, which is their bottom. You can raise your bottom by looking at your illusions, and reconsidering the mythical value that using has in your life. Let the reality of your using sink in. Connect with your healthy self and with those who care about you.
If you are fortunate, you will have hit your bottom early in your using career. If you say, “I’m not that bad, yet,” good! Why would you want to get worse or get that bad? Hitting bottom is not completely negative. It’s a crisis, but like any crisis, it’s an opportunity to experience change and growth and become better. Choosing to continue your addiction can lead to many problems, such as jail, illness, loss of a job, loss of money, damaged relationships, and ultimately death.
A brain scan is a powerful reality check. It’s very hard to deny that there’s a problem while looking at an image of the physical damage that has resulted from your behavior. This can be expensive, unless you can get medical insurance to help with the cost.