Posts Tagged ‘coping skills’

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 [...]

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 [...]

Self-Control

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 [...]

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