Sunday October 26th 2014

Multiple personality disorder, addicts and addiction

Do Some Addicts Have Multiple Personality Disorder?

The short answer is: Yes, some addicts can be diagnosed with psychiatric disorders such as Multiple Personality Disorder (M.P.D).

Is it common to have 5-25 Personalities?

Multiple Personality Disorder (M.P.D), renamed Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.), is a very complex and controversial diagnosis to attach to someone. The likes of ‘Sybil’ come to mind when people think of M.P.D. A much milder version is more often the norm, than the crazy, out of control patient often depicted by Hollywood.

The official Psychiatric diagnostic criteria for D.I.D., according to the DSM IV –TR include; the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states, at least two of these identities recurrently take control of the person’s behavior, and the inability to recall important personal information that is to extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

Memory Problems

Family and friends of a D.I.D. may report the patient has frequent gaps in memory (personal), both past and recent, reports of finding items of clothing at home that the individual cannot remember having, and not remembering a whole segment of the day, as to where they were or what they were doing. Misplacing keys, wallets, purses, & cars in parking lots is common.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde : Identity and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Quite often, the D.I.D. patient will be described as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, meaning one moment the person may seem very passive and submissive, and then suddenly an impatient, controlling and/or self-destructive person emerges. It is very common that a person with D.I.D. will be misdiagnosed for six to seven years before the dissociative identifies are correctly identified. Usually the misdiagnosis given is Bi-Polar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder.

Each personality state may be experienced as if it has a distinct personal history, self-image, and identity, including different names. I have had clients where one personality will write left handed with beautiful handwriting, while another personality will insist he/she can only use the right hand to write. To be talking to an adult one minute and a young, rebellious adolescent another is fairly common.

Causes of DID: Real or Perceived Mental, Physical, or Sexual Abuse

My experience with multiple personalities that use alcohol or drugs often have only one personality who uses. Sometimes the host personality may be aware that he/she drinks, but no clue about getting stoned. In discussing the addictive behavior, quite often the emerging personality years prior chose to use an addictive path to distract the host personality from some form of abuse (mental, physical, or sexual). Or even still, chose to be sexually promiscuous as a survival mode on the streets.

Why Use Drugs or Alcohol?

This is really a simple one to explain. Just like Bi-polar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Hyper-Attention Deficit Disorder, and just about any type of disorder can crossover into addictions because people strive to feel normal. So, yes I have many clients who are addicts that do have Multiple Personality Disorder. With alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, and any kind of addiction, there are those who will do anything to feel normal. Whether to not feel the pain of shame or to settle the chaos inside, people choose everyday to medicate in an effort to distract, avoid, or to deny their life struggles.

Problems for an Addict with Dissociative Identity Disorder

There is no doubt that D.I.D. is a mysterious disorder. One that needs attention and extensive counseling to resolve. Having one of many personalities that is an addict creates enormous problems in overcoming addictions because until that addicted personality is integrated (becomes whole) to the host he/she will always have the alternative to escape real or perceived danger with drugs and/or alcohol.

If you would like to read more about MPD write comments and questions below or contact Dr. Steve.

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36 Responses to “Multiple personality disorder, addicts and addiction
Mary
12:08 am June 5th, 2011

Hi Dr. Steve – in short, my husband was diagnosed with DID a few years back. One of the alters is a sexual addict. This alter would not surface during phone counseling. I tried with couple counseling to prove the existence of this alter and his behaviors, but my husband would call him the “asshole”. While his core has become stronger through prayer, bible study and a willingness to be whole, the S/A alter still exists. I’m not sure what to do. I’m tired…. Thanks for your input. I would like to be in a couple’s recovery program. I’m pretty sure he would go for it too.

Mary

Steve
8:41 pm July 14th, 2011

Mary,
Thank you for your comments and I sense your struggled.
I do have a suggestion.

Celebrate recovery addresses addictions and codependency issues. It isn’t group counseling, but it is wonderful Christian support. Many struggling people who desire God’s help have found comfort, direction, and friendship in CR. Sometimes you will be able to pick up a referral from someone in group who has dealt with similar issues. (no cost-love offering).

Also, for your husband; I would pray that God would open the doors for a trained Christian therapist in DID who is available for your husband. It may take months or even years for integration. I believe it is God’s intention for your husband to be healed.

So allow God to lead you and provide an avenue for you and your husband. The road may be wild and crazy at times and I would also suggest you spend time with a counselor as well. It’s sometimes extremely hard to stay in a relationship with someone with DID. So, please take care of yourself, by finding support as well.

If you live in the Phoenix area, I would love to help you in whatever way I can.

God Bless you,
Dr. Steve

Mary
9:02 pm July 14th, 2011

Thank you Dr. Steve. Unfortunately, I am not in the Phoenix area otherwise I would come see you…I will check into the Celebrate Recovery in our area. God Bless, Mary

Sher
8:30 pm October 24th, 2011

Dr. Steve, My ex partner is diagnosed with PTSD, Multiple Personality, Psychotic Disorder & he’s an alcoholic. He is on full Soc. Sec. Disability. When he drinks his rum/cokes his personality would change, becoming very angry & violent. I call this the twist..In July he twisted and became violent/abusive. I fell to the floor & he got on top of me, his eyes turned Black, he was excessively strong ,strangling me & GROWLING from his throat. I was stabbing him with car keys & it didn’t affect him at all. All of a sudden he stopped, let go of me & looked around as tho he was disoriented & confused. We are no longer together!! In your opinion is this MPD or could it have been a form of possession?? The growling is what throws me..I’d never seen him like that before..I’m trying to understand.
Thank You
Sher

shabana
3:21 am January 31st, 2012

Dr steve my husband is a chronic alcoholic and when he drinks, he seems violent like he wants to kill me, i can see hate in his eyes,,,he hasn’t touched me but i’m not in the same room with him when he is drunk..can alcohol contribute to split personality?

Dr Steve
1:56 am February 1st, 2012

Sher,
what you described sounds more like possession.You are right the growling is most likely demon possession. The eyes turning black is a use by demons to create fear. I have faces change right before my eyes, or the pupal roll away and I only see the whites of their eyes. Sometimes foaming at the mouth takes place. When they recognize that you are not afraid, they will usually change back and will react the way you described.

However, multiples have been known to pretend they are an animal or beast. I had a client who showed himself to the other parts as a dragon, trying to terrorize and control the other parts. However, this is reported by a part, not physically change in appearance.

PTSD has caused a number of unusual actions/reactions when triggered. These clients usually will talk about what happened and maybe ask questions. Usually, they are reliving a traumatic event like a flashback. They usually feel embarrassed and apologetic.

If your X has been diagnosed as PTSD, MPD, and Psychotic disorders, then the drinking is probably a way for him to escape or medicate some of the symptoms. I would say he needs prayer and extended counseling.

Dr Steve
2:10 am February 1st, 2012

Shabana,
In this case it is a little hard to determine if your husband has split personalities. It is very common for multiples to have a drinking/drugging personality that takes over. If he acts like a teenager during his drinking episodes (like casting care to the wind, blowing you off, nothing is important, etc.) along with other symptoms of MPD, like memory loss discussed in the article, then maybe your husband could be MPD.

It may be more likely, that your husband has bent up rage and only comes out while drinking. His initial relaxation is the reason for the drinking, but then his ability to control his emotion also disappears.

Chris
10:37 am March 2nd, 2012

I am writing to you because I have been looking up multiple personality disorders, and I came across this website. I am writing because I am worried about my father, he is now 62 and is not doing well at all. He has not left his house in about 2 months nor has even taken a shower and he seems to be getting worse. He has no desire for anything anymore, all he does is lay on the couch with a blanket over his head with no heat on, and it is extremely cold in his house. The other day I went to try to get him to go and get him help and he refused. He can barely breathe half the time and I fear that he is slowly dieing. When I was talking to him, he was acting very strange. First when I walked in, he looked as though he was a 90 year old man, his face looked grey and his hair even looked more gray. I told him, lets go and go to the hospital, and he said in a very faint older voice….I cant, almost whispering. Then when I said lets go again, almost in a more firm voice, suddenly his face changed and became very angry, the color came back in his face and he yelled…NO. I then confronted him about some things I had witnessed when I was a child, such as his addiciton, which he denied, still in an angry tone staring at me as though he wanted to hurt me. I then started to cry, asking him why he would watch it in front of me all the time, even though he didnt know I was standing right in front of him. He then looked away, with his head down and spoke almost as if he were a young boy, shrugging his shoulders. I said…look at me when im talking!!! So then he did, with a face of disgust just staring me down. Anyway, this went on for hours watching him almost change into different people, with different voices, each time the persoanlity changed, I would notice that he would look down, and every time he would look up, he was almost a different person. A few times I felt like I was actually talking to my father, but most of the time it was as if he were a different person. I am writing because I do not know what to do. I do not know if this is even multiple personality disorder that he suffers from, but I need advice. I have been reading up on it and it seems as though he has most of if not all of the symptoms related to MPD. If you could please help me and get back to me on this, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You

11:54 am March 2nd, 2012

Hi Chris. Thanks for writing in and asking for help. I found these Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults written by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

http://www.isst-d.org/jtd/GUIDELINES_REVISED2011.pdf

I’d suggest that you start by reading this, and then contact the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation directly to ask for references for finding a therapist for your father, if needed.

Does this help? Can we provide you with more information?

Shannon
5:25 am August 10th, 2012

Dr. Steve,

My husband and I have been together for 16 years. He has always been an alcoholic. Up until recently he has never been mean to me or showed any anger towards me while drinking. Within the past year, he has threatened to throw me out and keep me away from my kids, he has threatened to kill me, and he has tried to hurt me. Luckily for me he is sooooo drunk while he is doing this that I can take care of myself pretty much. He has thrown things at me, thrown my clothes out. Screamed at me and told me I was a stupid b**** and completely worthless. He does known of these things when he is sober and usually after one of these episodes he will go a day or 2 without talking to me and then begin to act like nothing happened. If I bring it up, he tells me I am crazy and need help. I don’t know what to do. He refuses therapy. Please help…. I have been unemployed for the past 2 years and not for lack of trying … I have NO where to go so, I can not leave. I need some advice.\
Thanks!
Shannon

2:41 pm August 14th, 2012

Hi Shannon. I have forwarded your question to Dr. Steve. I do agree that you need help. Are you ready to see a therapist yourself or to attend support groups for loved ones of alcoholics?

Shannon
4:54 am August 16th, 2012

Yes, I am completely ready to do anything necessary to get us some help. Recently I have started having some health problems and while he is sober he is telling me to make sure I do not miss my appointment but, tonight he was drinking again and got mad because I didn’t want to go to bed at the same time he did and told me to get out and then started throwing things and slammed doors. When he started this I threatened to call 911 and he told me I needed to and then passed out. I can assure you he will not remember any of this tomorrow. I just want to get some help. I need someone to tell us both whats wrong that is not a friend or relative because he thinks they are all lying for me. Thanks for any help you may be able to give me.

Marliane
4:44 pm November 16th, 2012

what is the treatment for MPD/DID? I was treated as a manic depressant when I was 13. I have not been on any medication though since I was 16. I read the article and the thing that made sense to me was the absolute memory loss. People I knew in my late teens I can only remember their faces, not their names and not actually remember from where I know them.

12:49 pm November 19th, 2012

Hi Marliane. Thanks for your comment.

MPD/DID is treated primarily with psychotherapy and the moderate benefits of psychopharmacology with antidepressant and antianxiety agents. You can learn more by doing a Google search using the following keyword terms:

site:.gov treatment multiple personality disorder

Lydia
11:58 am November 21st, 2012

WOW! First of all, i have google’d for litterally years to find an ACTIVE website.. I do have multiple personalities. not diagnosed.. I only have ONE question! Is it POSSIBLE to live with DID without any treatment?? Can it get easier?

john doe
4:04 pm February 10th, 2013

Hi!
How to convince the girl with MPD to stop doing drugs.
Don’t tell me please, about some Christian Brothers Associations nor
”MPD Quack Therapy Specialists” as they cause more harm then do any good.
It has to stay private as the trust is the main factor in order to achieve the positive outcome. I hope, that with the help from our Creator and your adequate hints I’ll be able to find the right way to get her quit such bad habit, however it maybe very long process as well as it’s not gonna be the easy one. God Bless.
With regards
John Doe

Jane doe
1:41 pm February 11th, 2013

Hi John, Is she on medication for MPD? If not, I believe that’s why she is using drugs, it does help. But if she is getting help and still using then you should probably try rehab. Do keep in mind that I am just a reader with MPD myself and not in the position to give “hints”..

Dr. Steve
4:16 pm February 11th, 2013

Hi John,
Jane’s comment above about medication is a solution for some MPDs.

My experience tells me it depends.

It is not uncommon to have a Identity who is a teenager that loves to party or drink and drug. Medication can numb the activity of the Identities coming and going, but quite often a resistance happens from the person from refusing to take medication.

Remember, Alter identities are developed to escape fear or danger and to be able to cope with life situations. An identity that developed doing drugs or alcohol is very much part of that system of protection. Even with rehab treatment, some people have identities who emerge during sleep and the host has very little control over their choices.

Ultimately, healing and integration is the best solution. You are correct, in that it is typically a slow process, but with the Lords help and guidance, she can be healed. Or brought to a place of being highly functional. I have seen it happen many times.

As far as hints go:
If you are one that is patient, continue to provide a safe environment and encourage her that you will be there for her always.

You may also get an immediate switch from the drugging identity by softly and lovingly focus on her eyes and use her name (especially if she has a nickname) and tell her you need to talk to her. You will probably see her switch back to her host identity. The most common tell-tell sign is a stretching of the eyes, or a rubbing of her forehead.

I agree with you that you must be extremely careful with counselors. Well intentioned counselors that aren’t trained in Biblical techniques for Inner Healing specifically for MPD may make a mess of things and quickly be in over their heads.

Be Blessed and May the Lord give you wisdom and understanding.

Dr. Steve
4:43 pm February 11th, 2013

Hi Lydia,
I apologize about not responding to your post from November 21.

People all over the world are living with MPD (D.I.D.).

Unfortunately, most MPDs are misdiagnosed for an average of 7 years; usually diagnosed as Bi-polar or Anxiety disorder. The good thing is usually the medication for these disorders help everyday functioning.
I would suggest you find out as much as you can about MPD. Quite often clients feel like they are going crazy or are damaged goods.

Remember, this disorder happens as a way of survival from real or perceived danger or abuse; usually in childhood. One theory is that God provided children a way to cope and survive trauma and it is his desire for all to be healed and set free. As a person becomes an adult and has the mind of an adult he/she is more able to handle past events and ultimately bring about healing.
Please feel free to correspond with further questions.
drsteve[at]recoverywithdrsteve[dot]org

Lydia
12:07 pm February 12th, 2013

Hi Dr Steve. You did suggest that I find out as much as I can, well I have been doing research for almost 5 years.. I am in South Africa and therefore I know exactly what you mean by being misdiagnosed. I also commented as “Jane doe” on the drug situation. I am 25 and I have taken my health into my own hands, I am on Ritalin during the week to stay in control or at least aware of the switching and then keep Alzam around for when It gets to much. What I have experienced with other drugs is that it makes switching for me effortless although I do not play around with that alot.. None of my alters are addicted but we all just like being able to be so in control. Luckilly I can do this without any meds or drugs. I do “crash” once a month usually or sometimes once a week, this only means that I am tired, or get sick for a few days.. I am not willing to integrate, my life is perfect as it is, my only concern is that my brother who also has a mental illness with no idea that he has multiple personalities is going on a downward spiral.. If this is not an age related thing but only being “aware” etc. then I should be fine coping on my own?

Dr. Steve
4:40 pm February 12th, 2013

Hi Lydia,
Thanks for your comments and I’m glad you are functioning well. If you can evaluate your life as “perfect as it is”, then you are ahead of most people on this planet.

Have you ever considered the once a month crash as one of the alters causing this sensation?

Client’s I work with consistently feel sick the day they come to see me. After being at session for 15 minutes or so, the sickness goes away. Many alters have told me they create those feelings because they don’t like me asking so many question and they are trying to distract the host and to get them to cancel the appointment.

Your comment about the “aware” versus functioning above, is a great point. If you are functioning well and are happy, then awareness is fine.

The reason people usually seek help is that their system is not functioning well. Things like memory loss, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, addictions, flashbacks,etc are usually why people seek help. They feel like they can’t survive on their own anymore (thus feel like they are going crazy).

I will pray that your brother gets the help that he needs.

ioana
6:42 pm February 18th, 2013

Dr. Steve, my dad is an alcoholic, and I’ve read many articles about people developing another personality because of the addiction. He totally transforms from this nice and kind person to a brutal, controllinf violent person. I can see the hatred in his eyes when he is drunk, and it’s all gone when he is not. I feel like he is a totally different person, and think he is D.I.D. He completely forgets what he did the previous day, asking me, where he was, what he did or what he said to my mom. I really could use some guidance to know how to handle him. And i can give you some more details if we can chat or email privately.

Thank you :)

Dr. Steve
9:41 pm February 19th, 2013

Dear Ioana,
It is hard to determine if your dad is D.I.D. with the limited info you detailed.

Usually, someone with DID will have an addictive part which will emerge from time to time.

As far as forgetting details while drinking, he could be demonstrating his rages during a blackout, which is when a person doesn’t remember things after consuming enough alcohol that will put them in that state. He may be suppressing a huge amount of hurt or anger that only comes out when he can’t controll it.

He could also be allowing demons to operate his body once he consumes too much alcohol.

Or as you suspect, he may be D.I.D. Some of the common symptoms or signs of this disorder is a lot of confusion and forgetfulness (like misplacing or loosing car keys or forgetting where he parked, not remembering the past 20 minutes, and quite often denying he said or did things that you know beyond a doubt he did).
Usually family members say they live in chaos and often think maybe they are losing their minds. Often rudeness will come out of no where. Some clients will use the phrase “we” instead of “I”.

So, unless your father has several of these symptoms and or others when he is sober, he probably is not D.I.D.
If you would like to correspond by:
recoverywithdrsteve [dot] org or send email to drsteve [at] recoverywithdrsteve [dot] org

susan
4:55 am February 24th, 2013

hi shannon i deal with the same with my partner. she drinks 2-3 times a week. smokes pot sometimes and have stole my pain meds from my surgery. she is innappropriate when she drinks, nasty and hurtful. there have been incidents of her getting physical. she denies everthing and thi ks i lying to her about what she says and does. when i ask her the next day she blows it off to nothing and im picki g on her and hurting her. was t sure if its the alter who drinks or just comes out when drinking. she has flirted with men in front of me and then denies it. help

Greg P. Morrison
2:02 am May 30th, 2013

Dealing with a person with multiple personalities is a very hard one. They tend to show something that they don’t know of what they have shown to us. That’s why sometimes we can’t understand or we don’t know how to deal with them. So, much better if we try to help them by referring to the right person who can deal with this kind of behavior, and those who are specialized professional when it comes to personality behavior, a psychotherapist.

Rick
9:53 pm September 22nd, 2013

How about the host doing drugs. Is it possible to put another alter ego in charge. Maybe put the host to sleep ?

Dr. Steve
6:10 pm September 24th, 2013

Rick,
Most often the host may not be the one acting out. Quite often an alter with an addiction who surfaces to cause the person to act out as a distraction.
Plus you never want to cause another alter to step up or be created to take over the host. The idea is to help the host rid the alters and their influencs.
I would highly rec. a book written by Peter Toth. He has new breaking info and treatment for DID.

lydia
5:44 am October 3rd, 2013

Dr Steve,you may notice I have previously posted,ofcourse I can’t remember what I said and don’t have time to read it for the 20th time. I did however say I’m doing fine. Do you know if there is an age influencing did? My brother lost it at 30,I’m turning 27 and becomming scared and nervous. I choose to believe I’m perfect and coping coz I have to! I cannot afford to seek profesional help and I’ve only got my partner supporting me my family is just naïve. What can I do??? I think my alter Angelique might take over an I don’t mind but Its not healthy and I don’t want to change my life again. I just don’t know how to breathe through this one.

Scott
4:19 pm November 16th, 2013

Hi how do you know if you have multi personality disorder? I’m usually shy soba but some alcohol and I’m very confident but sometimes I do things I can’t remember the next day is this normal

Dr. Steve
5:12 pm November 18th, 2013

Dear Mary,
I feel your frustration and inability to get your husband’s alter to cooperate. Most likely he will act out when dealing with fear, stress or shame. If he deals with his addiction with other women, then your safety is something to also keep in mind (not even considering your emotional disappointment and anger). You don’t want to be exposed to diseases. So be careful, please.
Unfortunately, if he doesn’t get professional help, he will most likely not change without God’s intervention. I will put you on my daily prayer list.

S.A.
3:07 am January 17th, 2014

I have DID.. And I have an alter who has a perverse addiction. She does not have the addiction because she wants to feel normal… She has it because she acts out the indecent assault memories and it is a way for me to cope I believe, to avoid intercourse because I find the advances extremely awkward. I would describe myself as not interested in intimacy.

Dr. Steve
5:37 pm January 20th, 2014

Lydia, Scott and S.A.,
First Lydia – there is not any research that shows if a sibling goes through mental disorders at a particular time that you would as well. We all respond to trauma differently and how DID works for one person will/can look very different for another. Not having money for treatment makes it very difficult to get help. At this point in your life, learning coping skills and having someone in your life that you can talk to may be your best alternative. Remember, the different parts were created to help protect you. If switching happens a lot, you probably don’t feel very safe. (Sorry for taking so long to respond)
Scott – there are evaluation tools that help determine if someone has DID. Usually a person close to you would help in that evaluation, because you might not remember many events going on or happening in your day to day life.
S.A. – Not sure if you are making a comment or asking a question? I would tend to agree that what you are suggesting about acting out is accurate. That part surfaces when some sort of anxiety or fear is happening in your life.

S.A.
3:17 pm January 22nd, 2014

I was just making a scatter brained comment that was apparently lost in focus.

April
8:48 am July 6th, 2014

I was diagnosed as bipolar a few months ago. I have always known something was wrong with me. When my psychiatrist asked me the questions which made him make his diagnosis i finally felt like someone understood me! Yes I go on shopping sprees for weeks, even a month, then don’t spend a dime for a period of time. I have severe mood swings that seem logical at the time, then I’m embarrassed about later. One minute ready to do anything and within 1 second complete opposite. I have scared away all friends and relationships. I have become a creepy hermit who has no pleasure in doing anything. I am completely ashamed of who and what I have become. I distance myself from others hoping they won’t notice. I have developed a couple habits while trying to hide from the world in my room. I developed a coke and alcohol problem in the process. I am so desperate to get it out of my own body I will do anything that makes me feel good for a while so I don’t focus on what a piece if shit i really am! I have always been so against drugs because it has taken over my life once before and almost killed me. Unconsciously I created 2 accounts for a game that I play regularly and now I pretend to be 2 people and it comes naturally. It started out as me having 2 accounts and then I became 2 people while I was drink. One was mean and nasty and the other was the calm and friendly. It came naturally to be 2 people till I was sober and or came to realizing I was just me. I need some advice please help me!

Dr. Steve
8:32 pm July 11th, 2014

I understand what you are going through. I am currently working with clients like yourself. I recently was retrained and now approach therapy differently. My friend Peter Toth has the answers that you need. You can find him at Anazao. It is a clinic in Australia. I do the same therapy and I live in Arizona. His website describes the therapy we offer. This is my new web page http://www.recoverywithdrsteve.org. Good luck with your search.

Jessica
5:19 pm August 24th, 2014

My girlfriend of two years blacks out and becomes more aggressive and very negitive towards herself. The other personality seems to be a male, he gets very agitated when I touch her, or take care of her in this state. She was diagnosed bi polar around age 15. Recently she’s been more open and telling me about her grandfather molesting her at a young age and her family refused to believe her. I believe a lot of her mental state is stemming from her childhood. How can we learn more and how can I convince her to get help?

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Dr. Jackson received his Doctorate in Christian Counseling from Omega Bible Institute and Seminary in 2009. He developed the Christian recovery treatment programs for Calvary Rehab Center and the Genesis Center for Recovery. He has trained and practiced Christian Counseling in all areas of drug/alcohol/gambling/sex and relationship addictions. He currently has his own web based online program called 12 Day Rehab Systems, designed for those who can work on recovery while maintaining career and family obligations. Dr. Jackson has been clean and sober since 1984. Learn more about Recovery with Dr. Steve.