This post is an excerpt from the study guide which accompanies the “Overcoming Addiction” seminar. This portion is an excerpt from “Step One: ADMIT I have a struggle I cannot overcome without God.” To RSVP for this and other Summit counseling seminars visit bradhambrick.com/events.
A PDF version of the evaluation can be found here.
The material for this evaluation is arranged into three categories, which are commonly recognized in addiction research; although different counselors use different vocabulary. Understanding these categories will help you utilize what you learn from this evaluation.
|Stage of Addiction||Common Addiction Language||Craig Nakken Language inThe Addictive Personality||Ed Welch Language inAddictions: A Banquet in the Grave|
|Stage One||Use||Internal Change||Sin|
|Stage Two||Abuse||Lifestyle Change||Slavery|
|Stage Three||Dependence||Life Breakdown||Tragedy|
Under each stage the following characteristics of addiction are assessed.
- Use / Internal Change / Sin
- Violating Wisdom Principles
- Violating Moral Precepts
- Fading Conscience and Loss of Willpower
- Abuse / Lifestyle Change / Slavery
- Lifestyle Adapting to Addiction
- Psychological Dependence /Cravings
- Dependence / Life Breakdown / Tragedy
- Relational and Professional Damage
- Health Damage
- Tragic Life Consequences