How to determine if someone is an addict

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, describes what defines someone as an addict and what they can do to recover
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How to determine if someone is an addict

When a person arrives in a recovery center they generally do have a problem with addiction. What that addiction is or what brought them to addiction is going to vary from person to person. An addiction facility is not a fun place to be. It's not a spa, it's not a place of relaxation, it is a place that is intense, serious, and very focused. So someone who comes to an addiction facility is generally an addict. They don't want to be there otherwise. So what we look at then is what brought them to that place of addiction, what is their life story. In helping someone to understand where they arrived at addiction we need to help them develop tools for their addiction issues and what brought them there. Where their points of, where their concerns are, and in doing that we utilize several approaches, on eof which is the 12 Step Program. When you understand yourself emotionally you're still vulnerable to waking up in the middle of the night and having that fear and anxiety and troubles in your life. To help you get through those places, a 12 Step Program, a 12 Step approach is essential. That's the tool to recovery that helps you to understand all the other aspects of your life.

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, describes what defines someone as an addict and what they can do to recover


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Karen Khaleghi, PhD

Co-founder of Creative Care Malibu

Dr. Karen Khaleghi is a pioneer in the field of dual diagnosis, or co-occurring drug and alcohol addiction along with mental health disorders. As one of the co-founders of Creative Care in Malibu and co-author of The Anatomy of Addiction, Dr. Karen speaks to parents and organizations about the formation of addiction, the critical aspects of nature and nurture and the resulting disconnection between emotions and behavior as well as the genesis of addiction and the path to recovery, a process she calls "connecting the dots." 

There are many things that set Dr. Karen Khaleghi apart from others including her individualized treatment approaches and excellent treatment facility Creative Care which is filled with clinical staff comprised of professionals that offer the highest standard of care in the industry. Karen graduated from California Graduate Institute with her Ph.D in 1989 and lives in Los Angeles, CA with her loving husband and children. Dr. Karen Khaleghi has been featured on The Today Show, KCAL 9, Dr. Phil and many others!


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