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At the Center for Research and Addiction Treatment (CTIA) we believe (and our experience confirms us in this belief) that addiction treatment truly effective is the one that speaks to the individual in a holistic way. Detoxification is only one step of a truly effective treatment. Beyond it is necessary to implement the individual psychological treatment to help you solve problems that may have caused the addiction, whether this addiction to a substance or addictive behavior.

One can depart from a substance, but this does not mean you continue to act in an addictive pattern. All that means moving away from the substance is that the drug is no longer used. However, in many cases, the same modes of thinking, the same beliefs and the same addictive behaviors, remain and continue to push in the same direction of addiction. And frequently, and hence the danger, go unnoticed until it is too late.

And if not interrupted, these mental attacks eventually lead to relapse. As Washton and Boundy said, one does not necessarily think you want to use again, but thinks that it is not wanted, you are alone, isolated and desperate, and the desire to use again come as a natural consequence of this feeling.

The addict usually has a recorded memories that repeat in your head (“I’m a lost cause, so therefore I give if I eat”, “I’m not so bad, I can not be an addict,” Now what I can control, “”I deserve it”, etc …) and convinces himself that he can eat again.

Therefore it is very important to pay attention to these messages and to counter their influence.

For this task of self-observation is fruitful, you must be honest with yourself. And this is not easy at first, given that self-deception is probably the most malicious aspect of addictive disease.

With an alert attitude, self-observation and honesty with oneself, these behaviors and mind games may be interrupted. If the many disguises of addiction are discovered and you are aware of the vulnerability itself, you’ll be able to realize yourself falling into these traps, interrupt them and recognize them as such. You can only stay on the road to recovery if one admits his constant vulnerability and countered with the right tools.

Often, when one identifies attitudes and addictive puzzle games, you might be tempted to judge harshly, which is counterproductive. The more severe it is with yourself, the less is one able to observe and intercept their particular addictive traps. If you think you are just further proof of their failure and unworthiness will not want to make them aware. Recovery is seen with self-pity and take appropriate action.

These are some of the most common mental attitudes and addictive games:

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Clínicas CITA para el tratamiento de adicciones

At the Center for Research and Treatment of Addictions have over thirty years of experience in treating addictions. Our working method is accredited by the high rate of customer satisfaction. At our facilities in Dosrius (30 min from Barcelona) and the city of Barcelona over seventy staff of professionals are one of the focal points in Spain and in Europe for the treatment of addictions. If you want to know more about us you can visit the website of CITA. If you have any specific questions, you may contact us at the contact form or phone numbers 0034 93 791 80 80 / 0034 93 791 80 08


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