Monthly Archives: February 2012

Is Your Gambling A Problem?

Posted on February 28, 2012

Self-Help for Independence from Problem Gambling and Gambling Addiction
By Rich Dowling, MA, LPC, MAC

Problem Gambling Are you finding yourself asking, “Why do I gamble so much? And how can I stop?” You are not alone.

Compulsive gambling and pathological gambling are growing problems in the United States. Casinos, lotteries, and the availability of bookies are easier, faster, and more widespread. Internet gambling impact reaches far and wide. The good news is that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) based Professional Treatment and Self-Help models such as SMART Recovery
(Self-Management and Recovery Training) can be very helpful for gaining independence from addictions, including problem gambling.

Change your thinking, change your gambling problem

SMART Recovery is an abstinence based, self-reliance model for addiction recovery. It is founded on the idea that people generally feel and behave the way they think, with thinking being the one thing over which humans have the most control. Therefore, with determination and persistence, people can change the way they feel and behave by changing their thinking. The mission of SMART Recovery is to assist individuals with their desire to gain independence from addictions in general through a change in their thinking about activities such as problem gambling, Continue reading

Self Control Strategies To Prevent Relapse

Posted on February 21, 2012

Exercising self control in addiction treatment
Hank Robb, Ph.D.

How can you exercise more self-control in addiction recovery? How can you implement strategies to prevent relapsing?  How can you resist cravings and overcome thoughts? We explore here and introduce you to methods taught in the SMART Recovery ® model . Let’s start by defining some words.

Addiction – Something you regularly do quickly and easily in the moment, but that doesn’t really work in your life.

Beliefs – Words consistent with the way you behave and that you seem to be taking seriously.

Self-control – What you choose to do.

Belief can drive addiction

Perhaps the most important way a belief compels substance abuse occurs is when a person takes this idea seriously:

“I cannot stop myself from doing my addictive behavior.”

When you truly believe:

“I don’t have control over my hands, arms, feet and mouth,”

you can be sure that you will engage in addictive behavior, the opposite of self treatment for addiction. Why? Continue reading

It’s As Plain As The Nose On Your Face…Or Is It?

Posted on February 14, 2012

Online SMART Event: Is it True? or Is It Helpful?
With Hank Robb, Ph.D.
Saturday, March 10, 2012, 1pm est
Download: Printable Flyer


Though it often seems as though the most important question is: “Is it true?” we actually have choices about which questions we make the most important in our lives. For example, it is likely “true” that you have a nose on your face, but is this fact really helpful? If you want to be a loving parent, how useful would it be to remind yourself several times a day that you have a nose on your face? Perhaps not so useful, even though it remains “true.” In this presentation, Dr. Robb will explore an alternative basis for choosing which questions we make the most important in our lives. Asking ourselves  “Is this helpful?” may better help us to develop a more fulfilling life than “Is this true?” Join us and find out for yourself!

Dr. Hank Robb will join SMART Recovery to present Is it True? or Is it Helpful? on Saturday, March 10, at 1:00 pm EST in the online meeting venue, The SMART Room.

March 10: Dr. Hank Robb
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How to Choose a Treatment Program

Posted on February 7, 2012

NIDA Releases New Guide for Those Seeking Treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has recently released a new guidebook to help those in need of treatment make the right decisions regarding their care.  The guide, “Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask”, provides evidence-based information on various types of treatment that are effective in addressing substance abuse disorders.

The publication provides information regarding five key questions an individual should ask when searching for a treatment program:

1. Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence?

2. Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient?

3. Does the program adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change?

4. Is the duration of treatment sufficient?

5. How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?

The Obama Administration is committed to reducing the demand for illegal drugs in the United States through a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support.  More information on treatment for substance use disorders can be found on ONDCP’s Treatment and Recovery page.

Source: Office of National Drug Policy Blog