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A Recovery Roadmap

Posted on January 8, 2013

A Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery
~Julie Myers, Psy.D., MSCP

Road to Resilience
Recovery from substance abuse is a process unique to each individual. Despite those who believe otherwise, there is no single “right” path to recovery. Instead, each person has a unique set of challenges and must address those challenges uniquely. This is not to say that there are not techniques, tools, or methods that have been shown to be helpful in substance abuse treatment, but rather that because no one person’s history is exactly the same as another’s, no recovery will be exactly the same. Each individual must find their own path.

However, finding that unique path can be overwhelming, particularly because of the amount of information available from differing sources and viewpoints. This can leave an individual confused and sometimes fearful about which path is best for them. Sometimes, friends or family members, therapists, or self-help groups can help guide the individual. But sometimes, what really is needed is simply a roadmap, outlining the options available to an individual in different domains. Donald Meichenbaum has written such a roadmap.

    Resiliency — “the capacity to adapt successfully in the presence of risk and adversity” — is at the core of addiction recovery.

Although not intended solely for those in recovery, Meichenbaum’s book, Roadmap to Resilience* remarkably addresses many of the key aspects that form the foundation of most recovery programs, addiction or otherwise. Continue reading

Tracking Your Progress With SMART Recovery

Posted on July 5, 2011

The SMART Recovery Activities Scale (SRAS)
by Julie Myers, Psy.D. and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

SRASChecklistThe SMART Recovery® Activities Scale (SRAS) is a new tool to help those engaged with SMART Recovery®. The SRAS was developed by Julie Myers, Psy.D.1 and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.2 The SRAS is designed to be used by participants to assess how far they have come in their own addiction recovery. A separate version is available for use by facilitators and by professional therapists/counselors with their clients.

Professionals may wish to use the SRAS in order to:

1. Assess what SMART Recovery activities clients have already engaged in and what SMART Recovery beliefs they have embraced.

2. Assess the reasons why clients have, or have not, engaged in these activities (possible barriers, lack of motivation, confidence, or skills) and how these obstacles can be addressed. Continue reading