10,000 Addicts by our own Dr. Cataldie

We are so excited to let everyone know that Woodlake has recently published a book written by our very own Dr. Cataldie!! Dr. Cataldie does a great job exploring and communicating his vast knowledge about addictions and how they affect the addict and everyone involved. 10,000 Addicts is a wonderful book full of interesting accounts experienced by Dr. Cataldie and we are happy to bring his experience and knowledge to a broader community through this publication.

https://www.amazon.com/000-Addicts-Later-Louis-Cataldie/dp/1505438292

 

 

The Role of Awareness In Preventing Relapse

The word relapse comes from the Latin word “relabi”, meaning to fall back or vanish. In medicine, relapse means to fall ill again after an apparent recovery. In addiction recovery it means a return to using addictive substances or participating in addictive behaviors. The rate of relapse in addiction is similar to other chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension. As stated by Dr. Thomas Estis, PhD, Clinical Director at Woodlake,  “Being an addict, in and of itself, means one is prone to relapse. To assume and simply hope it will not occur is denial…professionally and personally we…

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The Five Classes of Chemicals When Dealing with Substance Abuse

One of the problems practitioners encounter is that people now hear about many medications due to the hype of pharmaceutical company advertising and the promises made on TV commercials, and they think that’s the solution to their problem. Just take a pill and that will “solve my depression.” People often learn the hard way that there’s a lot more to getting through depression than just taking a pill. No two patients are the same; everybody’s an individual, so you have to do a comprehensive assessment to see what methodology can best be utilized with that client to help them…

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Why Do We Make Aggressive Choices?

What do you call someone who most of their lives have aggressively pursued independence, resisted allegiance to others, and taken what they could from relationships without feeling obliged to give something back in return?  It could be a practicing alcoholic/addict.  It might be a person that has married “the bad boy and going to change him”?  Could it be a person with major character defects such as lacking a conscience of right or wrong?  Perhaps the answer is all the above with a little modification to the sentence.  What do you call someone who most of their lives have…

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Typical Addictive Thinking

One of the most prominent characteristic of typical addictive thinking is to externalize problems, to blame things on other people or situations. This tendency to play the role of victim and/or to be bitter about what life has “done to” him or her is totally unconscious on the part of the addict and is part of the denial system. Those addicts who have an easier time expressing hurt outwardly invariably take on the role of victim, while those who express anger outwardly with greater ease take on the role of being bitter or angry. The unconscious reward in this…

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Hopelessness to Hopefulness

You may have already asked yourself why it is that all of us became ill from drinking.  Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body.  If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking – “What do I have to do?” (Big Book, p. 20)

He begged the doctor (Dr. Jung) to tell him the whole truth, and he got it.  In the doctor’s judgment he was utterly hopeless; he could never…

Hope is…

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Relationships and Addiction

The founder of family systems theory, Murray Bowen (1978), distinguished between two kinds of dysfunctional relationships, engulfment (fusion) when the bond is too tight, and isolation, when it is too loose. In engulfed relationships, one or both parties subordinate their own thoughts and feelings to those of the other(s). Addiction creates engulfed relationships whereas the person becomes alienated due to giving up vital parts of the self as the addiction becomes more overwhelming and demanding more loyalty. The person becomes more alienated from self as well as others as the capacity to be present or intimate with self and…

Codependency…

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Abusing and Living VS. Abusing to Live

Carl Jung, Existential Theorist…. Personality is in a state of becoming or emerging and in transition of defining his/her own fate. When one is stagnated developmentally, one simply exists. Anxiety results from a sense of dread or being choked out of life. The central problem in the development of the human personality is ontological insecurity, or the feeling that one is threatened by nonbeing (Lang, The Divided Self, 1959).

Alcoholism and/or drug addiction progresses from the initial stages of perceived pleasure and “abusing and living” to the reality of either chronic or terminal addiction or alcoholism in which the person…

Physical…

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The Role of Spirituality in Recovery

In 1932 and 1933 Rowland Hazard, son of wealthy Rhode Island mill owners and a state Senator, had become a hopeless alcoholic. His quest for help lead him to the world famous psychiatrist, Carl Jung. Carl Jung told him there was no hope for him unless he could find a conversion through some religious group. Healing for him was only possible by a spiritual awakening and addressing the issues pertaining to spiritual distress.

Spirituality is one of the essential foundations for the remediation of an addictive disease, but it is the one that child welfare professionals understand the least. Many…

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Follow the Steps

“Well, that’s exactly what this book is about.  Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.  That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as normal.  And it means, of course, that we are going talk about God” (pg 45 Big Book).

The Set Aside Prayer, sometimes referred to as “The Lay-Aside Prayer” is often found in roughly this format:   Dear God; Please, set aside anything I think I know about myself, about my disease, about the Big Book, the 12 Steps,…

Addiction…

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