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I originally asked this question on 2/14/13 but never received an answer after receiving the receipt form where I asked the questions. So hopefully, it will get answered by you.

I am a recovering addict and alcoholic. I have been clean for almost 2 years this time. Before I had 4 years. How do I get over the desire to want to feel different or feel better? Sometimes I want to take extra medication to increase how good I am feeling. I don't do this but I have strong desires. How do I change this addictive thinking and desire. My pleasure center is pretty destroyed for cocaine and crack. Can you help me? Let me know if you need additional information, examples, etc...

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To get beyond addictive thinking and desire, address the emptiness within. Often this emptiness comes from a childhood experience of loss or abuse. Also I recommend being part of a faith community to strengthen your faith, give you a sense of hope, meaning, belonging and support and a foundation for making healthy choices. For a free book to strengthen your faith go to http://www.counseling24hours.com

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