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Depression is a significant complicating factor in recovery from substance use disorders. Nearly all substance abusers show significant depression in the first several weeks of recovery. In most cases, the depression quickly subsides. Others, however, suffer from serious bouts of depression throughout their recovery. Fortunately the recovery plans for addiction and depression are closely related. Many of things that help people stay comfortably sober also help them manage their depression. This means that a recovery plan meets the needs of both addiction and depression can be developed. They already know and have practiced many of the recovery skills needed to manage depression. All they need to do is learn the few additional techniques that are outlined in this book.
This work addresses the special problems of craving that nearly all addicts struggle with throughout their recovery. In developing the model of craving presented in this work, the author has drawn extensively from The CENAPS (The Center for Applied Sciences) Model of Relapse Prevention and from the work of Richard Rawsonand Arnold Washton. An article by Barbara Wallace summarizing available research strongly supports the model of craving presented.
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN HOW TO LOVEWhen you fall in love you may be repeating bad relationship habits that you learned growing up or in a previous unhealthy relationship. No matter what your history, Getting Love Right can explain how to build and maintain healthy intimacy, including:* How to recognize if you are in a compulsive, apathetic, or healthy relationship* How to become a person who is capable of healthy intimacy* How to choose a healthy partnerIf you are in a relationship or want to be in one, Terence T. Gorski will teach you that love isn't just something that happens -- love is something you can learn.
We all have mistaken notions and dangerous attitudes about many things. Mistaken beliefs about relapse can have destructive consequences. The first step in preventing relapse is to understand what it is and what it is not. The second step is to challenge your own beliefs about it. If you are relapse prone these mistaken beliefs can kill you by preventing you from getting the help you need. If you are a counselor or an AA member attempting to help relapse prone people stay sober, your mistaken attitudes can feed the relapse process and push people closer to the next drink, not because you intend to but because of your misinformation.
Welcome to Brief Strategic Problem-Solving Group Therapy. If you're reading this book because you've decided to join a problem-solving group, congratulations! You've found the most advanced, most effective technique available. Don't worry, though: It may be advanced, but it's very easy to use, with clear guidelines and step-by-step directions. Problem-Solving Group Therapy will help you understand your problem more clearly and learn the steps of problem solving in a safe, supportive, respectful environment You'll learn how to identify and change mistaken thinking, unmanageable feelings, urges to do things that make life more painful, self-defeating behaviors, and ways of relating that make your problems worse. In a group run on this model, people don't get away with game playing. It's not a good place to con or manipulate people for power or sympathy. But if you're serious about solving your problems and willing to work hard and be honest-people will listen to you, take you seriously, respect you, and let you know they're on your side. In a good group, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When a group of people work together in harmony to reach a common goal or purpose, something special happens. A source of knowledge, courage, strength, and hope becomes available to each of the group members. This source is often called the "e;master mind"e; or group conscience. This source can be used as a powerful resource in personal problem solving.
This book is for recovering people, their families, and addiction professionals who want to understand psychological and spiritual thinking about addiction on a deep level. I have been working on this book for a long time. There are complex psychological and spiritual issues that need to be addressed in recovery. In treatment programs this problem has been dealt with by using a multidisciplinary team of recovering addiction counselors, therapists, social workers, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and spiritual and pastoral counselors. There are many books about psychology and spirituality in recovery. This book is different because it presents a way of thinking that puts together a wide variety of different psychological and spiritual models of recovery. One of the big problems for people in recovery from substance abuse is the way that each approach to recovery uses different words to describe essentially the same mental and spiritual processes. Sometimes the same words are used to mean different things. Sometimes different words are used that mean essentially the same thing. There are many books about mindfulness and how it can be understood in a way that relates to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and integrated with mindfulness meditation to make an extremely powerful tool for recovery, personal growth, and change.
This book will show you how to run problem-solving group therapy sessions. It focuses it focuses on practical techniques rather than theory. The problem-solving group format does several things. It rapidly established an effective group atmosphere that allows individual group members to work on different issues in the same session using a series of standard group process procedures. The standard format is designed to help the therapist track the implementation and completion of treatment techniques. It targets specific time-limited interventions. Group members assume a high degree of ownership and responsibility for solving their own problems in collaboration with the group leader who guides them through a systematic problem-solving process.
Suicide is a major problem in the United States. The goal of this book is to explain, in simple, no-nonsense language how to recognize people who may be suicidal, take action to prevent suicide attempts, and effectively manage suicide attempts should they occur. It is written for the person who is thinking about suicide, the counselor, and the friend or family member who is giving care. Bt the time you finish this book you will understand the suicidal process and have definite ideas about that you can say and do to help the sducidal person choose life instead of death.
Terence T. Gorski is president of The CENAPS Corporation (The Center for Applied Sciences). CENAPS is a research, training, and consultation organization that specializes in the treatment of addictive and co-addictive disease. In his nearly twenty years of experience with the recovery process, Terry Gorski has developed a practical and no-nonsense approach to dealing with relationships in recovery. In this presentation to 600 recovering people at an Adult Children of Alcoholics convention in San Diego, California, Terry give four vital messages. First, relationships are not "e;all or nothing"e; propositions. They unfold on a variety of levels, and we need to enjoy all levels of relationships. His second message tells us to take our time building relationships. Solid love relationships aren't developed on the first date. Third, there are addictive styles and healthy styles of relationships. If we come from a dysfunctional family, we probably don't know the difference. Until we learn what healthy relationships are all about, we will be condemned to recreate our family of origin as adults. His final message is one of hope. There are skills and tools that can be used to build positive love relationships. We can recover. We can break the cycle of addictive intimacy.
Relapse prevention support groups are an innovative approach to recovery. The concept grew out of the desperate need of relapse-prone people to recover. Relapse support groups are self-help groups designed to support the growing number of recovering people who are using relapse prevention therapy as part of their recovery programs. As more recovering people got involved in relapse prevention support groups, I began to get calls and letters asking for advice on how to start and maintain a group. These calls disturbed me because I didn't know how to answer the questions that I was being asked. So I began to do some research. I went right to the experts, the pioneers who have already started relapse prevention support groups and are learning how to make them work. I have attempted to combine what I have learned from numerous conversations across the United States and Canada and condense that information into a simple question-and-answer format. I have included the most commonly asked questions about relapse prevention and relapse prevention support groups. It is my goal to give you enough information to start a group if you want to do so. This information comes from recovering people who have started relapse prevention support groups. Because these groups are so new, there are no right answers. Nothing is etched in granite. Some of the groups I've heard about succeeded. Others failed. I want to share with you my impressions of what helped the successful groups succeed and what caused the unsuccessful groups to fail. You will be given guidelines not absolute recommendations. Each group is unique, and those that succeed build upon the special strengths and weaknesses of their members. Successful groups focus heavily upon the needs of their members, give special attention to new members, keep the focus on identifying and managing warning signs, and allow for a diversity of discussion and feedback among members.
Whether you know it or not, accurate information is your most important recovery tool. You cannot recover from something that you do not understand. Therefore, my primary goal is to help you understand what addiction is, how to recognize it when you see it, and what you can do about it when you do see it. My goal is to make the material easy to understand for treatment professionals, recovering people, and their families. As a result, I have chosen to use a style of writing that speaks directly to recovering people and their families. In this way, professionals can both benefit from the material and pass on this book to their clients to speed up the addiction education process. traight Talk About Addiction discusses the following topic areas: Mind-altering Substances: alcohol and the other drugs that people tend to abuse or become addicted to. These mind-altering substances can activate abuse and addiction. I want you to know what these substances are, how they work, and why they can be dangerous. Addictive Risk Factors: explains why some people are at high-risk of abusing, and getting addicted to mind-altering substances. I want you to know what sets people up for abuse and addiction and how you can recognize if you or someone you love is at high-risk. Substance Abuse and Addiction: describes the symptoms of both abuse and addiction. This part of the book shows how using potentially addictive substances can lead to heavy use, abuse, and addiction. Addiction can develop slowly and go unnoticed in the lives of many people. So this book also explains how to objectively evaluate your own alcohol and drug use to see if you have a substance abuse or addiction problem. Recovery: describes what recovery from addiction looks like. If briefly describes the nature of addiction and then describes the best practices that many of the most effective treatment programs in the United States tend to follow.