ARR25 – The 7 Stages Of Grieving

by Kevin on April 2, 2012

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Loss of Someone or Something: Grief and Addiction

Losing someone is never easy. It could also spell disaster in the life of someone in recovery… OR, drive a person into addiction. We discuss the stages of grief for both an addict and a non addict. We also dive into the ability to prevent the downward spiral before it even begins.

Contents of the Show:

  • Vulnerability and Alcohol and Drugs Use
  • Grief Comes From Loss
  • Prescription Medications to Deal with Loss
  • Unable to Handle Loss and Turning to Alcohol
  • Loss can create a Need of Euphoria from Drugs
  • Loss can trigger a Recovering Addict to Use
  • What Can You Do When Experiencing Loss?
  • Here is the grief model called “The 7 Stages of Grief”:
    • SHOCK & DENIAL
    • PAIN & GUILT
    • ANGER & BARGAINING
    • “DEPRESSION”, REFLECTION, LONELINESS
    • THE UPWARD TURN
    • RECONSTRUCTION & WORKING THROUGH
    • ACCEPTANCE & HOPE
    • Elizabeth Kublar-Ross identifies five stages of grief
      • Denial
      • Bargaining
      • Anger
      • Depression
      • Acceptance

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