Today’s blog will move away from theories of addiction. Instead, today’s entry will discuss the topic of spousal abuse. Specifically, I will discuss the factors leading some women to either return, or remain, in an abusive relationship. The final component of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative model for understanding addictions will be discussed in an upcoming entry. Cycle of Violence Dr. Lenore Walker first
Before moving on, I wanted to quickly review the content from previous blogs. I’ve been discussing the different elements of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative model used for understanding and treating addictions. The bio portion of the word refers to the physiological or biological factors involved in the development of an addiction. This is also known as the Disease or Medical Model. The psycho portion of
I had planned on writing about the Social Model of addictions – how our socialization and learning contributes to the development of addictions. However, just this past week our newspapers here in Canada announced that Brian Mulroney (a former Canadian Prime Minister) had developed Type-2 diabetes. In reading about this story, I immediately began to think about how the onset of Type-2 diabetes exemplifies the d
In my last blog, I talked about the “Biological” or disease model for understanding how addictions develop. In today’s blog, I want to discuss the “Psychological” model for understanding the development and maintenance of addictions. In discussing this, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many psychological theories for explaining human behaviour. I’ll probably end
In my last blog, I touched upon the topic of addictions. My goal over the next few blog entries will be to describe some of the different theories used for understanding how addictions develop in the first place. The word that I believe best captures these multiple theories is known as the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. It represents an integrative approach to both understanding and treating addiction. In toda
I didn’t think I would need to set a goal for myself with regards to blogging more often. I thought I would find the motivation just seeping out of my mind and heart. Well, it’s been almost two weeks since my last blog and nothing’s been really seeping out except for a strong desire to eat chocolate and sleep (ah, Christmas). So, I’m giving WordPress’ “Postaweek2011” a shot.
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog, my first of many! My goal and intent behind the blogs at “Knowledge for Growth” are to do exactly what the name suggests: To provide readers with little bits of knowledge that can help in personal growth. I’ve spent about …. let’s just say many, many years… in university and have been working as a psychotherapist for at least nine of th
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