Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

A Mindful Approach to Addiction Recovery

Self-Management Begins with Intention -Charles A., SMART Recovery® Facilitator SMART Recovery is about actively managing your self and directing your actions. What do you intend to actively do today… or ‘NOW’… to manage your addiction recovery? We have the power of choice, but in order to realize this power, forming intentions and doing the work [...]

Power of Positive Reinforcement

A note on “enabling” vs. positive reinforcement ~Jeffrey Foote, PsyD, Center for Motivation and Change “Caring about and staying connected in a helping way with someone dealing with substances is not only helpful, it’s one of the most powerful motivators for change.” If you are a partner, parent, or child of someone struggling with substance [...]

Slipping off the Path of Addiction Recovery

Anatomy of a Relapse ~Josh King, PsyD, Center for Motivation and Change Relapses (and lapses and slips, whatever you want to call a return to old behavior) are frustrating events. Sometimes it feels like you’re (finally!) on the path you want to be on, and then, out of the blue, you fall off of that [...]

Crystallization Of Discontent

Motivation For Self-Change Pete Soderman, SMART Recovery® Facilitator Three-quarters of us who have abused or were dependent upon a substance or activity have either self-remitted or moderated to non-abusive levels, either completely on our own, or with minimal help. That we have done so without formal treatment or self-help programs has been well-established by the [...]

Self-Empowered Addiction Recovery

I have learned that I do have choices, I can change! Leigh Proctor, SMART Recovery UK volunteer View on youtube Leigh is a dedicated and passionate volunteer facilitator for SMART Recovery UK. Says another UK Volunteer: “Leigh is totally selfless and very loved by all whose path she crosses. If Leigh says she is going [...]

New Addiction Recovery Web App

Scientifically Supported Recovery Option Looking for a personalized, structured plan of attack for making positive changes in support of your addiction recovery? Overcoming Addictions (OA) is a new alternative in the spectrum of recovery options. It is a confidential and interactive web app that can help you achieve and maintain abstinence from addictions. OA is [...]

But I’m Not an “Alcoholic!”

Labels Get in the Way of Making Values-based Choices ~Sara Suman, LMSW, SMART Recovery Volunteer “But I’m not an alcoholic!” I cannot count the number of times have I heard this statement. I’ve said it to myself numerous times over the years. I’ve heard it from newbies at SMART Recovery meetings, and I hear it [...]

Celebrate Your Victories, No Matter How Small

The Value of Celebrating Victories ~Green-In-MI, SMART Recovery Volunteer In my experience, progress toward a lifestyle of abstinence at times seems insurmountable; like you’re standing at the bottom of a mountain craning your neck to see a peak that looks impossibly high up and far away. Any given day may be a struggle against urges, [...]

Thirteen Tips for a Great 2013

Webinar 12/29/12: Thirteen Tips to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever, with Dr. Bill Knaus Live a “Want To” Life, Not a “Have To” Life Saturday, December 29, 2012, 7-8pm ET A key component to maintaining motivation and sustaining addiction recovery is covered by the SMART Recovery® 4-Point Program®’s 4th point: Living a Balanced Life. [...]

Getting From “I Can’t” to “I CAN!”

The Importance of Beliefs in Addiction Recovery Dr. Philip Tate, author of Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did “I can’t” may be the most debilitating belief you’re likely to have. Not the “I can’t” as in “I can’t jump to the moon,” but as in “I can’t succeed at doing [...]

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