Archive for the ‘Coping With Urges’ Category

Webinar: How to Overcome Addictions in One Lesson

April 12, 2014, 12:00 noon (edt) Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, author of Three Minute Therapy will present “How to Overcome Addictions in One Lesson” on Saturday, April 12 2014 at 12:00 noon edt. This webinar is designed to be helpful for any harmful behavior – drugs, gambling, eating disorders, smoking, self-harm — substance-related or not. […]

Rewiring Your Brain

Addiction recovery and your brain “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost . Imagine that you are standing at the edge of a dense forest. You want to go home, which is on the other side to the […]

Why Abstinence?

Ten Good Mental Health Reasons Not to Drink Alcohol Consuming alcohol may make matters more difficult for people suffering from mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and impulse control disorders. Even having a couple of drinks a day carries consequences that affect brain and body functioning, leaving a negative impact on mental well-being. Sometimes, people […]

A Not So Perfect High

Playing the tape to the end Listen to the audio version I’m walking down the same street I’ve walked down hundreds of times before. Nothing’s changed. It’s the same street. Same stores. Same liquor store, one that has never interested me before because it’s filled with things I can’t have, or rather, let’s say, things […]

Oxygen Mask Rule

An addiction recovery metaphor My sister is really getting on my last nerve! Do I really have to to go to this party?! My Mother-in-law is visiting for a week!? Really?! Ever hear of the Oxygen Mask Rule? Every time we fly, we hear flight attendants sharing some variation of the Oxygen Mask Rule: “Should […]

Holding it All Together

Triggers v. Tethers ~ Matt Robert The world of addiction recovery has plenty of negative terms for relapsing and its causes. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a reliable term for the positive stuff we do to keep it together? I’d like to propose introducing a new term into the language of recovery — one […]

Holiday Challenges to Addiction Recovery

What’s your plan? December is here and opportunities for urges and cravings seem to be everywhere. SMART volunteers have put their heads together to offer some suggestions to help you navigate this month’s challenges. People who achieve long-term sobriety have three characteristics in common: They make a firm commitment to abstinence. They make lifestyle changes […]

A Better Way to “Deal” Than Drinking (or Drugging)

Working out can help you sober up Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D. “…one of the more promising and least talked about tools for treating and recovering from addiction is exercise.” My drinking began the way drinking usually begins: as part of teenage havin’ a good time and rebelling against strict parents. I wasn’t one of […]

You Have the Power to Choose

Change or Continue Suffering: The Choice is up to You by Hank Robb, PhD, ABPP I think the title of this article is a good description of SMART Recovery®’s philosophy. Individuals can continue as they have been, or they can change, and they get to choose. Perhaps they can change their circumstances, perhaps not. They […]

Webinar: Mindfulness…and More

‘ACT’-ing SMART Integrating ‘ACT’ into SMART Recovery with Dr. Hank Robb Hank Robb, Ph.D., will present a webinar this Saturday (August 31 at 5pm edt) on the topic of mindfulness and other Acceptance Commitment Therapy strategies, and how they can be helpful in addiction recovery. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) ACT offers powerful alternatives for […]

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