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Changing Habits: Learning to Cope with the Urges

Adapted from Pages 32 and 34 of the SMART Recovery Handbook, 3rd Edition This post has been updated from the original version that first ran in 2015. With so many people on day two of their 2018 New Year’s resolutions,

How “Triggers” Steal Your Freedom in Recovery

by Thaddeus Camlin, Psy.D. Much is being said about changing the nomenclature in the treatment of problematic substance use.  The latest diagnostic manual (DSM-5) no longer uses the term ‘addiction.’  Anne Fletcher wrote about the value of cleaning up the

9 Reasons Not to Drink or Use During the Holiday Season

Need some extra reasons not to drink or use this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with these 9 benefits of staying sober. Print out the list and hang it up at home, keep it in your purse or pocket

Craving Happens, But You Choose Your Response

From Page 148 of “Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions,” by Dr. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP The occurrence of craving itself is beyond your control. There is no single act that can with certainty eradicate all

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3 Facts About Urges You Really Need to Know

Urges (cravings) are a normal and expected part of quitting an addictive substance or behavior. These 3 facts can help you deal with urges when they strike.

Craving Is Not Dangerous

Craving Is Not Dangerous

Chapter 9 of Dr. Horvath’s book: Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions helps readers understand craving. We’ve included here the section, “Craving Is Not Dangerous.”

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Coping With Craving: The Timer Technique

While this technique might also be considered a distraction technique, active distraction is not used. You can use the timer technique for a craving of any strength.

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Summer Vacations: Dealing with Triggers to Drink or Use

Memorial Day weekend is here! For many of us, that means vacation time is just around the corner! And with vacation comes the possibility of a trigger we don’t face on a regular basis. The following tips will help you


The Fatigue Principle

Adapted from Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions by Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP In his workbook, Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate, Dr. Horvath includes an entire chapter on craving (Chapter 9). Of particular interest in this

Staying Friends with Using Buddies

In early recovery, many people face a choice: whether to continue friendships with people who may still be using or to end those friendships in order to protect their own sobriety.