Posts Tagged ‘urges’

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 [...]

Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery

Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery, on learning to gain control over urges Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery Tom Horvath, Ph.D., a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP), has been President of SMART Recovery® for over a decade. He is the founder and president of Practical Recovery, a [...]

Teen & Youth Online Recovery Program

Self-Management for teens and youth Self-Management and Recovery Training for teens and youth is now being offered via the SMART Recovery website. The program includes strategies for dealing with peer pressure, coping with urges, managing emotional upsets, and more. SMART for Teens & Youth Non 12-step based Self-Management means you are in control Provides tools [...]

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 [...]

5 Tips to Enjoy a Sober Holiday Season

Addiction recovery during the Holidays by Richard Song The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for people new to recovery. The number of challenges to your recovery can be daunting, between family gatherings, parties where alcohol is present, and emotional triggers such as stress and sadness related to past memories. You can build resistance [...]

5 Ways to Deal With Urges and Cravings

By Randy Lindel, Facilitator, SMART Recovery® Boston Read on for five (5) practical ideas on how to cope with urges and cravings after you have decided to abstain from drugs and alcohol. Cravings are normal Everyone who’s engaged in addictive behavior will experience uncomfortable cravings (“I want it badly”) and urges (“I have to do [...]

Take Control of Your Cravings

Take the First Step to Take Control of Your Cravings by Julie Myers, PsyD Cravings are controlled by a variety of brain chemicals, including norepinephrine, dopamine, and glutamate. Many people describe their cravings as coming out of nowhere, as if these chemicals pop into their brains and create cravings spontaneously. These chemicals and the manifestations [...]

Coping With Discomfort

An Exercise For Building Urge Busting Muscle Discomfort is a fact of life. It is especially a fact of life when you have strong urges to engage in addictive behavior and you resist them. Part of the SMART program includes tools to cope with urges – below we’ve included an exercise that may help you [...]

Our Psychological Landscape

Hank Robb, Ph.D. speaks on Our Psychological Landscape. “As humans we have the opportunity to live our lives as best we can, to choose the directions we go, to be where we are, to do what’s important.” Our Psychological Landscape from SMART Recovery® on Vimeo. When traveling, it is nice to have a map of [...]

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