Establishing a Support Network (COD Lesson)

People entering treatment for alcohol and drug addiction are often coming from environments that allow, and even encourage, their addictive patterns. Frequently, clients do not have good emotional, spiritual, or relational support. They have very few people in their network who support their recovery or appreciate the efforts they are making to change their lifestyle. It can be a difficult task to find people who have common interests and time available. As you develop new and supportive relationships, you may run into some dead ends. The goal is to expand your network so you have four or five contacts to support your recovery program. Don’t miss out; connection and fellowship can have an enormous impact on your recovery. This lesson will help you understand the benefits of healthy support and give you practical suggestions on being a good friend, getting connected with others, and increasing your positive support network.

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Understanding Relapse Complexities Part 2

Yesterday, in part 1, I began our discussion of several important external factors that make seeking treatment harder. It’s helpful to understand the various challenges people face when combating a…

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Understanding Relapse Complexities Part 1

There are internal and external variables that make seeking treatment for substance use disorders difficult. Some internal or personal factors might include lifestyle choices, will power, motivation levels, and personality…

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Exercising Good Judgment

Substance Use Disorders Impair Judgment  Alcohol and drugs impair judgment. In the throes of addiction, people often do things under the influence of a substance that they would never do…

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Successful Recovery Requires Honesty

The Beast  Substance use and mental health issues often combine into a rapidly intensifying and destructive disorder. The illness is mean-spirited, intense, and appears intent on first capturing its victims…

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Designing Successful Recovery

I am involved in several intensive outpatient programs (IOP) that provide treatment and support for those with serious or critical mental health and substance abuse issues. These programs help our…

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The Ten Core Principles of Recovery (PowerPoint Presentation)

Those who are successful deliberately use the resources, wisdom, and support to plan their work and work their plan. Long-term recovery is not attained haphazardly; successful change requires intentional action. Here are the necessary key pieces for successful recovery. (Slide count: 58)

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Planning Ahead

Anticipating enticing and tempting situations and carefully managing them is an essential skill in a successful recovery program. Some circumstances and situations should simply be avoided. Don’t put yourself in…

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Living Above My Circumstances Part 2

Yesterday I began discussing strategies to live above trying and difficult circumstances. Although difficulties and turmoil cannot always be prevented, I still can control my mood, attitude, and disposition. Rising…

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Making a Change

“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” – Peter Senge  Making Changes  I have spent my 30+ year career helping people change. Unfortunately, without some guidance or intervention, most…

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Affirmations From The One Who Won’t Give Them

Looking for Approval  Everyone needs encouragement and affirmation. Many people with co-occurring disorders desperately need encouragement on their recovery journey. For the downcast and dejected person, hearing something positive can…

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The Road to Recovery Success

A Robust Recovery  To keep your recovery strong, there are numerous things you should not continue to do. There would be places and people to avoid and habits to change.…

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Managing Your Mood During the Holidays

Many people have a difficult time during the holiday season. Throughout the year, but especially from mid-November to mid-January, managing your mood, attitude, and disposition is extremely important. You can…

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Managing Emotions Prevents Relapse

Addressing Emotional Problems  It is vital for clients to understand the signs and symptoms of mental illness and address worry, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, and many other emotional concerns. In…

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Treatment Must be Individualized

Complex Problems  Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders are extraordinarily complex. The drug and alcohol addiction is often used to manage the symptoms of a mental health disorder such…

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