Outline of Addictions

Progression of Addiction

  1. Experimentation
  2. Live and Use
  3. Use and Live
  4. Live to Use
  5. Use to Live
  6. Death

Rules of Dysfunctional Families

  1. Denial
  2. Silence
  3. Isolation
  4. Rigidity

Roles of Dysfunctional Families

  1. Alcoholic
  2. Enabler
  3. Hero
  4. Scapegoat
  5. Lost Child
  6. Mascot

Criteria for Substance Abuse

  1. Failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home
  2. Using in situations that are physically hazardous
  3. Legal problems
  4. Continued use despite social or interpersonal problems

Criteria for Substance Dependence

  1. Increase in tolerance
  2. Withdrawal symptoms
  3. Taking substance in larger amounts than intended
  4. Unsuccessful efforts to control substance use
  5. Significant time spent acquiring, consuming, or recovering from substance
  6. Activities given up or reduced because of substance use
  7. Use continues despite knowledge of recurrent physical or psychological problem

Alcoholism is a Disease

  1. Primary – it causes the other problems
  2. Progressive – gets worse over time
  3. Chronic – never quit being an addict
  4. Fatal – Leads to death if untreated