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Emotional Addictions

A Reference Book for Addictions and Mental Health Counseling

Peter D. Ladd

The reference book Emotional Addictions proposes that some people may actually be "addicted" in an unhealthy manner to specific emotions. The emotion could be anger, anxiety, apathy, egotism, envy, guilt, jealousy, resentment, revenge, or self-hatred. Historically, one of the greatest challenges to both mental health and substance abuse counselors has been the addict who has been clean and sober for some time, yet still has substantial difficulties coping with life. Ladd contends that emotional addiction operates under similar criteria to a physical addiction, with both forms of addiction showing characteristics of denial, compulsive behavior, dependency, tolerance, addictive thinking, and withdrawal symptoms. By combining emotions with addictions, Ladd has written a cutting-edge approach to helping people with addictions and mental health problems. « less more »
University Press of America
Pages: 284Size: 6 x 9 1/8
978-0-7618-4623-9 • Paperback • July 2009 • $45.99 • (£31.95)
Peter D. Ladd coordinates the Certificate of Advanced Studies Program in Counseling for St. Lawrence University's Graduate School of Education. Dr. Ladd also acts as the licensed clinical supervisor for the Tekanikonrahwa:kon Holistic Health and Wellness Program on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. He has written numerous books and articles in the areas of addictions counseling, family counseling, Aboriginal studies, and conflict resolution.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Acknowledgements
Chapter 3 Introduction
Chapter 4 Chapter 1 - Anger Addiction
Part 5 Background
Part 6 Case Study
Part 7 The Experience of Anger
Part 8 How An Anger Addiction Works
Part 9 Emotional Connections
Part 10 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 11 Anger Addiction Short List
Part 12 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 13 Chapter 2 - Anxiety Addiction
Part 14 Background
Part 15 Case Study
Part 16 The Experience of Anxiety
Part 17 How an Anxiety Addiction Works
Part 18 Emotional Connections
Part 19 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 20 Anxiety Addiction Short List
Part 21 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 22 Chapter 3 - Apathy Addiction
Part 23 Background
Part 24 Case Study
Part 25 The Experience of Apathy
Part 26 How an Apathy Addiction Works
Part 27 Emotional Connections
Part 28 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 29 Apathy Addiction Short List
Part 30 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 31 Chapter 4 - Egotism Addiction
Part 32 Background
Part 33 Case Study
Part 34 The Experience of Egotism
Part 35 How an Egotism Addiction Works
Part 36 Emotional Connections
Part 37 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 38 Edotism Addiction Short List
Part 39 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 40 Chapter 5 - Envy Addictions
Part 41 Case Study
Part 42 The Experience of Envy
Part 43 How an Envy Addiction Works
Part 44 Emotional Connections
Part 45 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 46 Envy Addiction Short List
Part 47 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 48 Chapter 6 - Guilt Addictions
Part 49 Background
Part 50 Case Study
Part 51 The Experience of Guilt
Part 52 How a Guilt Addiction Works
Part 53 Emotional Connections
Part 54 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 55 Guilt Addiction Short List
Part 56 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 57 Chapter 7 - Jealousy Addictions
Part 58 Background
Part 59 Case Study
Part 60 The Experience of Jealousy
Part 61 How a Jealousy Addiction Works
Part 62 Emotional Connections
Part 63 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 64 Jealousy Addiction Short List
Part 65 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 66 Chapter 8 - Resentment Addiction
Part 67 Background
Part 68 Case Study
Part 69 The Experience of Resentment
Part 70 How a Resentment Addiction Works
Part 71 Emotional Connections
Part 72 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 73 Resentment Addiction Short List
Part 74 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 75 Chapter 9 - Revenge Addiction
Part 76 Background
Part 77 Case Study
Part 78 The Experience of Revenge
Part 79 How a Revenge Addiction Works
Part 80 Emotional Connections
Part 81 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 82 Revenge Addiction Short List
Part 83 Format for Other Emotional Connectoins
Chapter 84 Chapter 10 - Self-Hatred Addiction
Part 85 Background
Part 86 Case Study
Part 87 The Experience of Self-Hatred
Part 88 How a Self-Hatred Addiction Works
Part 89 Emotional Connections
Part 90 Potential Counseling Solutions
Part 91 Self-Hatred Addiction Short List
Part 92 Format for Other Emotional Connections
Chapter 93 Glossary
Chapter 94 References
Chapter 95 Index
Chapter 96 About the Author
While geared to the counseling professional…[Emotional Addictions] incorporates case study examples which are clearly understood by individuals with only a basic background in addictive behaviors. Emotional Addictions may well serve as a critical aid for the counseling professional ready to embrace a new concept in healing troubled clients. There is a need for such an innovation in addictions and mental [health] counseling and Dr. Ladd has met that challenge.
Clare Kilpatrick Benz, expert in addictions and Coordinator of Experiential Learning, Penn State University

A comprehensive look at mental health and addictions from an innovative and intuitive approach. Dr. Ladd's pioneering book captures the complexity of addictions and human emotions in powerful yet easy to read chapters that shed light on psychological concepts only now beginning to be researched. This is a "must read" for seasoned clinicians, [and] new graduates as well as spouses, parents, and individuals who find difficulty managing the challenges of everyday living.
Jennifer Gaudreau, practicing psychotherapist, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

• Winner, NeoPopRealism Journal & Wonderpedia Awards WonderBook of the Month for December 2009; 2010 International Book Award winner--Addictions and Recovery category;