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Elastic Band Theory of Alcohol Addiction

Added: (Fri Feb 24 2006)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Phil Collins an experienced addiction's counsellor has a theory which explains, in laymans language, alcohol addiction and how addicts find it extremely difficult to give up or how they easily relapse.

He says that it all has to do with the brain chemical balance. A non alcoholic's brain will have a brain chemical balance which is in the centre. An addicts brain chemical balance will be off set.

Phil believes that one can imagine that the chemical balance is connected to a very strong 'elastic band'. The non addict's 'elastic band' is attached to the centre and when a non addict has an alcoholic drink this 'elastic band' starts to pull away from the centre. When a certain amount of alcohol is consumed the 'elastic band' will be under so much tension that it will want to spring back to the centre, which stops this person from drinking more alcohol. An addict's 'elastic band' is attached to the off set chemical balance point. When an addict tries to give up alcohol the 'elastic band' begins to stretch towards the real normal chemical balance point. However, because the 'elastic band' is is attached to the off set point, the 'elastic band' gets tighter and tighter. The tension on the 'elastic band' may get so great that the addict , who may have been trying to abstain for many months, will spring back to the off set point causing the addict to drink again.

Phil believes that it can take anything up to 18 months for an addict's 'elastic band' to re-attach to the real central point and even after that it is only loosely attached.

Phil has his own counselling practice in Powys, Mid Wales. He also provides alcohol awareness training. He has written self help booklets and training manuals.

Submitted by:Phil Collins
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