ADDICTION

Getting Ready to Make a Change

Getting Ready to Make a Change

 In order to do the work required for change, it is necessary to identify why you are doing what you are doing, how it is affecting you and what you could do differently.  Doing this is kind of like taking the bandage off an infected wound, in order to figure out what...

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ANGER & ANXIETY

DEPRESSION

DISTRESS TOLERANCE & EMOTION REGULATION

Emotion Regulation

Emotion Regulation

Introduction to Emotional Dysregulation You have a variety of feelings.  Some are pleasant, some are unpleasant.  They all serve a purpose.  For a variety of reasons, called vulnerabilities, some people are more sensitive or react more strongly to distress, take...

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MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness Using the Serenity Prayer

Mindfulness Using the Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer may serve as a reminder of what steps you need to take to live a happier life.   While the term “prayer” may turn some people off, I encourage you to think about it more as a plan.  The first part talks about staying focused on your end goal.  The...

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MOTIVATION & GOAL SETTING

RELATIONSHIPS & INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

Relationship Skills

Relationship Skills

Relationships are a great buffer against stress but they can also be a stressor. The first steps in developing healthy relationships are: Developing awareness of, and honesty with, self and others Developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with...

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RELAPSE PREVENTION

4 Stages of Relapse

4 Stages of Relapse

Relapse is a process, it's not an event that starts weeks or even months before the event of actual relapse (return to use). There are four stages of relapse. Emotional relapse: When you relapse emotionally, the unpleasant feelings (anger, resentment, anxiety, terror,...

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