Ep 165 – What Most People Don’t Know about Physical Addiction Vs. Process Addiction

I was listening to another recovery podcast the other day and this other person was talking about how they had no idea where to find resources. It occurred to me that it would be beneficial to discuss the 12 step recovery process for those of you who aren’t familiar with it so you can see if it’s right for you or not. I really didn’t “get” addiction until I was in my second recovery program. This week’s episode 165 of the Fragmented to Whole Podcast is about understanding the difference between a physical addiction and a process addiction! 

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In this episode of the Fragmented to Whole Podcast, I’m sharing the importance of understanding the two-fold nature of the addiction illness and actionable steps you can take right now to better understand if a 12 step recovery program is for you. 

Some of the talking points I go over in this episode include:

  • What physical addiction is and is not, and examples of what this looks like. 
  • What process addiction looks like, and the biggest differences between physical and process addictions.
  • The ways in which addiction is different from abusing a substance or process, and how it includes an allergic reaction to the substance.
  • Why people who are actively in their addiction avoid healthy people while dating, because they find them boring.

We find healthy calmness in recovery, and it can take time to get used to that peacefulness. Be sure to tune in to all the episodes to receive tons of practical tips on living a more whole life and to hear even more about the points outlined above.

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Links to recovery resources:

Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org/

Narcotics Anonymous: https://www.nar-anon.org/

Cocaine Anonymous: https://ca.org/

Al Anon: https://al-anon.org/

Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families: https://adultchildren.org/

Co-Dependents Anonymous: https://coda.org/

Overeaters Anonymous: https://oa.org/

Debtors Anonymous: https://debtorsanonymous.org/

Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous: https://slaafws.org/

We The Village: https://wethevillage.co/

Faces & Voices of Recovery: https://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/

What is Fragmented to Whole: Life Lessons from 12 Step Recovery?

This is the podcast “Fragmented to Whole: Life Lessons from 12 Step Recovery.” It will help people who want to heal to move from fragmented to whole.

Hi, I’m Barb! I share my experience, strength and hope from 12 step recovery in each episode. They’re all 20 minutes or less. Unlike most recovery podcasts where you hear a person’s whole story, in this one each episode is about a specific topic.

There are many life lessons from 12 step recovery that are applicable to those in and outside of recovery. This podcast brings some of those lessons to the airwaves, including such topics as learning acceptance, recognizing and overcoming victim mentality and establishing healthy boundaries.

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