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  • Addiction and Stress (COD Lesson)
    • 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)
    • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Close and Intimate Relationships in Recovery (COD Lesson)
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    • As you move through your recovery journey and maintain sobriety, you may have noticed the complicated and multifaceted nature of recovery. Your addiction has likely had a negative impact on your health, job, finances, reputation, self-esteem, and mental health. You may have compromised, damaged, or destroyed friendships and family relationships along the way. Discover seven key ways to improve relational…
  • Conquering Self-Sabotaging Views (COD Lesson)
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    • Our behavior is connected to the way we see ourselves. When those views are negative, we can sabotage our lives and recovery. For example, if someone sees themselves as inferior, they may avoid people. Or someone who views themselves as weak may avoid conflict. A distorted view can lead to self-defeating actions. It is important to understand the distortions you…
  • Correcting Common Relational Problems (COD Lesson)
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    • Relationships are not always easy to navigate, even under the best of circumstances. Every relationship takes work. Substance use and 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…
  • Cultivate Your Spiritual Life (COD Lesson)
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    • Spirituality is often defined broadly and makes room for many different perspectives and opinions. It includes being connected to something larger than yourself, and typically involves understanding the purpose and meaning of life. It is a universal concept of defining your heart or inner life and can develop and deepen your value system. Working on your spiritual life may or…
  • Developing an Active Lifestyle (COD Lesson)
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    • Physical activity and regular exercise can be an integral part of your recovery. Exercise can lead to an increased sense of accomplishment, better health, and improved self-esteem. It also increases endorphins, which act as the body’s natural antidepressant. Abusing drugs and alcohol damages the body’s ability to feel pleasure. Increasing activity and exercise can be a way to increase endorphins…
  • Developing Frustration Tolerance (COD Lesson)
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    • As we go through life, we are often irritated by people, annoyed by delays, and frustrated when things do not go our way. We too often display our irritation and live our lives almost constantly upset. Being frustrated from time to time is a common fact of life. Low frustration tolerance is having oversized or extreme reactions to normal stressors…
  • Developing Hope (COD Lesson)
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    • Becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol can often bring a sense of discouragement and hopelessness. Failures and mistakes of the past are often the chief motivation for seeking help. Past difficulties all too often color the present moment. Previously failed treatment programs and relapse may add to your current level of discouragement. This lesson is designed to build self-assurance and…