Archive for the ‘Coping With Urges’ Category

“Am I Going Crazy?!”

PAWS: Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome by Bill Abbott & Suzy W., SMART Recovery Meeting Facilitators Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is something that perhaps unfortunately, we haven’t discussed much in SMART Recovery®. It is a not yet widely known problematic syndrome (syndrome is a medical term which describes a grouping of varying symptoms) of addiction recovery. […]

SMART Handbook for Kindle Just Released

Now you can get a Handbook — NOW! The waiting is over! Carry your SMART Handbook with you everywhere, on your smartphone or tablet. Or read it on your personal computer or laptop. Thanks to the talents and persistence of Laurie, one of our dedicated volunteers, the frequently requested ebook option for the Handbook is […]

4 Easy Tips for an Awesome Summer in Recovery

Enjoy Summer Without Getting Off Track For many people, summer is the best time of the year. Warm weather, days at the beach, vacations… What’s not to love? But when you’re in recovery, especially early recovery, the pool parties and vacations of summer can be major relapse triggers. Here are some tips for enjoying summer […]

Navigating The Road To Recovery

How can you prevent relapse? Henry Steinberger, Ph.D. Relapse prevention is essential in recovery from chemical and behavioral addictions. Why? Because addiction has been found to reoccur more often when steps are not taken to cope with the cravings, urges, peer pressures, situational cues, bodily discomforts, neuro-biological changes, and other factors which pave the way […]

The Bio-Psycho-Social Model Of Addiction

The Compass Of Pleasure by David J. Linden Michael Werner, SMART Recovery® Volunteer Coordinator, Wilmington, NC Dr. Linden is a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has provided us with an authoritative science-based understanding of addictions: The Compass Of Pleasure. In past years many models of the causes of addictions […]

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 […]

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