A person’s use pattern and prospects for “recovery” are always heavily influenced by their personality dynamics, which is why it’s so essential for character issues to be taken into account in treatment.
Folks who already have significant character issues carry their deficient regard for the greater good and their feelings of grandiosity and entitlement into their forays with substance use. And it’s perfectly predictable that they soon develop patterns of use that are high risk and that their substance use both exacerbates their existing problematic behaviors and creates disturbing new ones.
Knowledge is power. But to be fully empowered you have to understand what’s really going on with someone and how to appropriately interpret and label their behavior. That’s why it’s so important to understand certain psychological terms and concepts correctly.
All too many times political, practical, and other biases prevent us from recognizing character pathology for what it really is and dealing with it appropriately. Fortunately, the political climate is beginning to change, however, and character disturbance is slowly being recognized for the problem it has become.
Emotional dependency is perhaps the most insidious type of dependency, and to the degree we possess it, it can put us at a significant disadvantage when it comes to establishing or maintaining relationships.
Many behavioral “disorders” actually represent various manifestations of a person’s personality maladjustment.
When you’re entertaining various notions about why something is happening, the simplest explanation – requiring the fewest assumptions on your part – is probably the best.
Beginning a relationship without a good sense of who you are, who the other person is, and the principles that you’re committed to let bind and guide you both, is almost always a recipe for disaster and heartache.
The antics of Charlie Sheen, Bernie Madoff, and Mel Gibson demonstrate why character really does matter. As I state in the title of one of my books, character disturbance is the phenomenon of our age.
Like many, I was touched by the heartwarming story of a man with a God-given talent and a budding career, who lost himself, his family, and fortune to a life on the streets from chronic substance abuse and found new hope during the Christmas holidays.