Posts Tagged ‘coping skills’

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Managing Your ‘New Life’

Adjusting to a richer, fuller life experience ~Green-In-MI, SMART Recovery Volunteer “Getting used to sober life can be a process of adjusting in a number of ways.” One of the things the SMART community talks about is making changes in your life as part of the process for sustained abstinence from your drug of choice [...]

Did SMART Get Me Sober? No — I Did That!

Reflections of a Relapser, Now Two Years Sober (Again) ~Sara Suman, LMSW, SMART Recovery Volunteer My second two year anniversary (I do like to passively count sober time) came and went last week. This isn’t my first rodeo either. This is my second time achieving two years sober, and my third time achieving one year+. [...]

Dealing With Negative Emotions

No Complaining by Mary Russell, M.S. When you hear the word “complaining” you probably have some sort of negative reaction. It probably conjures up images of people in your life who whine or routinely throw themselves pity parties but don’t do anything to improve their circumstances. What you may be less likely to think of [...]

Tackle Your Demand for Instant Gratification

I Want It, and I Want It Now! by Alina Boie, M.S. We live in a world full of instant self-gratification and we have little patience to wait or delay access to our “treats”. Almost everything nowadays is at a click of a button – literally! It is so difficult to say no to those [...]


You Can Learn to Resist Urges “Self-control is what you build up, develop, create and learn by controlling your behavior repeatedly. ~Hank Robb Self-control is a skill. It’s not something you’re born with, it is something that requires work and practice. Have you ever said to yourself “I just don’t seem to have any self-control [...]

Power of Perspective

Back Seat Driver! by Leonard Citron, M.A. A little perspective goes a long way toward reducing frustration Holidays are supposed to be fun, right? To get away from everything, to explore some place new is said to broaden our mind. But gettng away from it all, can have a downside. For example, when you get [...]

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Managing Thoughts in Addiction Recovery by Hank Robb, PhD,ABPP Thoughts and beliefs Make yourself have this thought: “I am a banana.” My guess is that even though you may have had the thought, you weren’t believing that thought. We can have lots of thoughts such as, “I must have my favorite food and if I [...]

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