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  • Acquiring a Can-Do Attitude (MH Lesson)
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    • Living in a negative world can sometimes take its toll, but you do not have to be at the mercy of a negative environment. There are practical ways to have a more positive state of mind. Like gravity pulling you down to earth, it is easy to be pulled down into a sour mood by worries and difficult situations. Thankfully,…
  • Addiction and Stress (COD Lesson)
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    • This lesson will help you discover how stress affects your body, thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and relationships. Many people use alcohol and drugs because they are under stress. However, by using or abusing substances, stress is often made many times worse. This lesson outlines more than seventy various consequences, circumstances, and physical and emotional stressors that occur following alcohol or drug…
  • Anxiety with a Shot of Alcohol Abuse (COD Lesson)
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    • Many people who experience chronic feelings of anxiety about social situations, work, relationships, or other aspects of everyday life may reach for a beer or glass of wine to calm their distress. In this lesson you’ll learn the destructive interaction between alcohol and anxiety, and look at how this seemingly pleasant escape of having a drink or two can quickly…
  • Applying Change Statements (COD Lesson)
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    • Perhaps somewhere along your recovery journey you have become caught in your own negative thinking. Thoughts and beliefs influence our feelings and actions and can be either positive or negative. When the thought is negative and pessimistic, it may lead to worrisome, depressive feelings and careless or poorly planned actions. Many people regularly repeat self-deprecating statements to themselves. This exercise…
  • Being Intentional (COD Lesson)
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    • Most people spend their entire lives living thoughtlessly and without aim. When someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, they spend more time and attention diligently pursuing whatever supports the addiction than any other endeavor. Dreams and aspirations fall by the wayside. Time spent planning and focusing on the pursuit of life goals may have evaporated completely. As you enter…
  • Breaking Spending and Shopping Habits (COD Lesson)
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    • In a materialistic world that can provide a seemingly never-ending supply of almost anything, it is easy to use shopping as a hobby. Shopping and purchasing products is a necessary part of living. It can however, become a problem if it is used to cope with emotional problems and difficulties of life. Shopping may be used by some as a…
  • Building Lasting Relationships (MH Lesson)
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    • Relationships are not always easy to navigate, even under the best of circumstances. Every relationship takes work. Mental health disorders may make relationship issues more intense and difficult to manage. It is possible, with commitment and work, to make adjustments, correct serious difficulties, and build the relational closeness you desire. This lesson includes eight of the most common problems, along…
  • Building Trust in Relationships (MH Lesson)
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    • Trust is built through being open about your life. Hiding in the shadows and keeping secrets will erode confidence and damage the rebuilding process. Being open and willing to address the underlying issues will go a long way to restore trust. People want approval, but because they are afraid of being rejected, they will sacrifice honesty to protect themselves. Talking…
  • Burnout and Stress (MH Lesson)
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    • Mental health problems often result from stress. Burnout may occur as you endure chronic or prolonged stress, unrealistic expectations, and exceed your own limits. Being overworked, overwhelmed, and overloaded can damage your health, home life, and happiness. This lesson will help keep stress from breaking you, identify the signs and symptoms of burnout, and give you some ideas, skills, and…
  • Calming Your Anxious Thoughts (MH Lesson)
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    • Anxiety changes the way you think and feel. When you are anxious, it is easier to look at everything with a negative view and imagine unpleasant and frightening things are about to happen. Anxious thinking is filled with worry, apprehension, obsessive thoughts, and ruminations about the future. Anxious thinking is distorted thinking and creates an expectation the worst will happen,…
  • Changing Habit Patterns (COD Lesson)
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    • This lesson looks at numerous lifestyle preferences, both fulfilling and frustrating. It will give you an opportunity to carefully examine which areas of your life you would like to restructure, help you evaluate your current level of motivation, and make necessary changes. Furthermore, you will be better understand which of your behaviors and attitudes hinder change and damage your recovery.…
  • Changing the Way You Think (COD Lesson)
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    • Negative thoughts including inaccurate exaggerations, irrelevant thoughts, misperceptions, doubts, deceptions, and lies you tell yourself influence your feelings and actions and can drive your addiction. With substance use these thoughts, feelings, and beliefs often become confused and distorted, leading to problematic actions. In this lesson you will identify how negative thoughts influence your feelings and actions. As you begin to…
  • Choosing to Accept Help (COD Lesson)
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    • Many co-occurring disorder clients enter chemical dependency treatment against their will. If they had their way, they may not come at all, or perhaps may try to delay treatment until much later. This lesson is designed to stimulate a dialogue about common reluctances and resistance to treatment. It will help you examine your own hesitancy’s and reservations in the beginning…
  • Choosing to Forgive (MH Lesson)
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    • When we are hurt, betrayed, or mistreated, we can end up with a lingering pain we often refer to as bitterness and resentment. These damaging wounds caused by others can fester and become more destructive in our lives. Resentment can damage relationships and rob us of the simple joys of living. Most people have been misused and hurt by others.…
  • Clarifying Your Values (COD Lesson)
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    • This exercise will help you discover character traits and values that are personally important and relevant to you. Co-occurring addictions and mental health problems can be overwhelming and treatment may be a great opportunity to slow down and think through your life. What is important to you? What do you value? What gifts, talents, and abilities do you have? Living…
  • Clarifying Your Values (MH Lesson)
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    • People who live according to their values feel good about themselves. If someone says they value honesty and then tells the truth, they can live with integrity and honor. Those who say they value honesty and truth, but continually lie, do not actually value those qualities. It is important to live according to your own convictions. Self-esteem goes up when…