Mental Aspects

The basic PEMS model we use to describe addiction includes mental aspects. Dr. William Silkworth was the first to tell Bill Wilson that alcoholism is a mental obsession coupled with a physical allergy. We still see this obsession with the substance or addictive behavior as a major symptom of addiction. It may also occur in other areas of your mental life.


Dichotomous (black-and-white) thinking and poor judgment also characterize addiction. These and other varieties of mental mismanagement support the continuance of addictive disease.


Some mental Attitudes and habits may interfere with recovery:

These mental aspects are each covered in separate modules in this manual.

Recovery from the mental aspects of addiction allows you serenity and peace of mind. Identify areas where you have trouble and use the Steps as tools to change.

Mental aspects, see also: Addiction model (PEMS), Beliefs, Defenses, Delusion, Dichotomous thinking, Diet mentality, Disease Concept, Habit & structure, Judgment, Magical thinking, Obsession, PEMS model, Paradoxes in addiction, Priorities, Psychological problems, Stinking thinking, Visualizations.

Updated 8 Nov 2015

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