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How Stress Fuels Addiction and Relapse

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What’s Next for Amanda Bynes?

“Amanda is continuing treatment with the assistance of mental health counselors and addiction specialists. (She is) responding very well to treatment and her team remains extremely optimistic about her future.”

~ Us magazine

Even before this latest setback, Amanda Bynes faced several significant challenges. Along with her problematic substance abuse, she also reportedly suffered from mental illness, in the form of schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.  When addiction and mental disorders co-occur, this kind of dual diagnosis can complicate recovery.

This happens more than you might think. In fact, 72% of people who are addicted to drugs have at least one psychiatric condition. Amanda Bynes has at least two.

Prior to relapsing, it as evidence that Bynes still had a way to go. For instance, even though she reported that she was four years sober, her affairs were still handled by a conservatorship. That seems unlikely now to change anytime soon.

Despite her wish to resume her acting career, her first, perhaps ONLY priority needs to be her sobriety and good mental health. Everything else that she could ever want to accomplish must start there.

In a very real way, Amanda Bynes is an extremely lucky woman. She is not going through this alone. Her parents have stood beside her the whole time, sometimes making the tough calls needed to protect their daughter. Although she has struggled, she hasn’t lost her fortune, her home, her freedom, or her life. She is still young enough to have a long, bright future ahead of her.

And when she is healthy enough to leave the treatment facility, hopefully, she will have learned healthier ways to cope with negative emotions and stress. The ability to practice those skills that support her successful sobriety will serve her well for the rest of her life, one day at a time.

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How Stress Fuels Addiction and Relapse

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What’s Next for Amanda Bynes?

“Amanda is continuing treatment with the assistance of mental health counselors and addiction specialists. (She is) responding very well to treatment and her team remains extremely optimistic about her future.”

~ Us magazine

Even before this latest setback, Amanda Bynes faced several significant challenges. Along with her problematic substance abuse, she also reportedly suffered from mental illness, in the form of schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.  When addiction and mental disorders co-occur, this kind of dual diagnosis can complicate recovery.

This happens more than you might think. In fact, 72% of people who are addicted to drugs have at least one psychiatric condition. Amanda Bynes has at least two.

Prior to relapsing, it as evidence that Bynes still had a way to go. For instance, even though she reported that she was four years sober, her affairs were still handled by a conservatorship. That seems unlikely now to change anytime soon.

Despite her wish to resume her acting career, her first, perhaps ONLY priority needs to be her sobriety and good mental health. Everything else that she could ever want to accomplish must start there.

In a very real way, Amanda Bynes is an extremely lucky woman. She is not going through this alone. Her parents have stood beside her the whole time, sometimes making the tough calls needed to protect their daughter. Although she has struggled, she hasn’t lost her fortune, her home, her freedom, or her life. She is still young enough to have a long, bright future ahead of her.

And when she is healthy enough to leave the treatment facility, hopefully, she will have learned healthier ways to cope with negative emotions and stress. The ability to practice those skills that support her successful sobriety will serve her well for the rest of her life, one day at a time.

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Is 12-Step Abstinence the ONLY Way to Recover from Addiction?

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Does Controlled Drinking or Drug Use Work?

“…patients whose goal was total abstinence were more successful than those who had chosen to control their drinking.”

~ Dr. Kristina Berglund, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg

According to the disease concept of addiction, trying to bargain with or set limits on your drinking or drug use is one of the major signs of a severe problem.

Why is this?

The average drinker or recreational drug user doesn’t start a program like MM, AA, or NA without cause.  Rather, they attend meetings because they KNOW they have a problem. Most likely, that problem has somehow negatively impacted their life in some fashion—DUI charges, relationship issues, blackouts, health concerns, etc.

But despite such problems directly attributable to their substance use, a person in a MM program is looking for a way to keep drinking.

In a 2006 interview for Dateline, Kishline admitted as much.

Dateline: “As you look back on it, was MM something you devised to give yourself license to drink because you didn’t want to abstain?”

Kishline: “I do think that deep down as an addict that was the purpose.”

Dateline:  “All the good research that you did and the presentation of it to a national audience, it was really to justify it for you as a drinker.”

Kishline:  “It would legitimize my drinking.”

In 2000, while extremely drunk with a BAC that triple the legal limit, Kishline drove the wrong way down a Washington State interstate. She later confessed to “driving a hundred miles an hour in a total blackout”.

She had a head-on collision with another vehicle and killed a 38-year-old father and his 12-year-old daughter. For her crime, Kishline went to prison. When she was paroled 3 ½ years later, she relapsed several times. At one point, was even sent back for violating her parole by drinking.

For many years, Kishline continued to struggle, not only with her alcoholism but also with overwhelming guilt. Her drinking worsened and her disease progressed, resulting from the end of her marriage.  In 2015, just a few days before Christmas, Audrey Kishline Conn committed suicide in her mother’s home in Happy Valley, Oregon.

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Is 12-Step Abstinence the ONLY Way to Recover from Addiction?

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Does Controlled Drinking or Drug Use Work?

“…patients whose goal was total abstinence were more successful than those who had chosen to control their drinking.”

~ Dr. Kristina Berglund, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg

According to the disease concept of addiction, trying to bargain with or set limits on your drinking or drug use is one of the major signs of a severe problem.

Why is this?

The average drinker or recreational drug user doesn’t start a program like MM, AA, or NA without cause.  Rather, they attend meetings because they KNOW they have a problem. Most likely, that problem has somehow negatively impacted their life in some fashion—DUI charges, relationship issues, blackouts, health concerns, etc.

But despite such problems directly attributable to their substance use, a person in a MM program is looking for a way to keep drinking.

In a 2006 interview for Dateline, Kishline admitted as much.

Dateline: “As you look back on it, was MM something you devised to give yourself license to drink because you didn’t want to abstain?”

Kishline: “I do think that deep down as an addict that was the purpose.”

Dateline:  “All the good research that you did and the presentation of it to a national audience, it was really to justify it for you as a drinker.”

Kishline:  “It would legitimize my drinking.”

In 2000, while extremely drunk with a BAC that triple the legal limit, Kishline drove the wrong way down a Washington State interstate. She later confessed to “driving a hundred miles an hour in a total blackout”.

She had a head-on collision with another vehicle and killed a 38-year-old father and his 12-year-old daughter. For her crime, Kishline went to prison. When she was paroled 3 ½ years later, she relapsed several times. At one point, was even sent back for violating her parole by drinking.

For many years, Kishline continued to struggle, not only with her alcoholism but also with overwhelming guilt. Her drinking worsened and her disease progressed, resulting from the end of her marriage.  In 2015, just a few days before Christmas, Audrey Kishline Conn committed suicide in her mother’s home in Happy Valley, Oregon.

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