Part 3 Be With The Cravings

Part 3: Cravings and Forming Habits

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, defines the Habit Loop as consisting of four components: the cue or trigger, the craving, the response and the reward. He offers strategies for breaking down each component for those who are attempting to create a new habit or extinguish an old habit.   As

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Sobriety Slogans

Sobriety Slogans to Help You During COVID-19

Sobriety during the coronavirus pandemic can be difficult. Remembering why you are sober, and staying focused can make a significant impact on your sobriety. Each of these slogans has an underlying message that can be just what you need to stay dedicated to your sobriety during a pandemic. This Too Shall

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Finding Courage for Recovery During COVID-19

Finding Courage for Recovery During COVID-19

We all have to display an immense amount of courage and resilience to make it through the current times. The COVID-19 pandemic is all over the media. There is bad news everywhere we turn. Unemployment is rising fast. There is illness, death, and suffering throughout the world. We don’t know

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Part 2: Choose Healthy Habits

Part 2: Choose Healthy Habits

All habits are behaviors that have been repeated enough times to become automatic. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits breaks habit formation into 4 steps: cue, craving, response, and reward. When we recognize the behaviors that form habits, we can then begin to change those behaviors. His 4 Laws of

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Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit

Part 1: Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit?

In his book, Atomic Habits, author James Clear states that addiction is not just someone’s “bad habit.” So it makes sense to apply Clear’s habit forming (or breaking) concepts to addiction.  Clear has taken the topic of habit creation, broken it down to bite-sized pieces, and provided suggestions to create

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Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

A lot of patients that we see at Coleman Addiction Medicine don’t know if they meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder. I can tell you that it’s not that hard to qualify, and more and more people are entering the ranks. From 2001 to 2012, the prevalence of alcohol

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Getting Energy Back After Ending Methadone Use

Energy After Ending Methadone Use

After 8 years of use Ramon, age 56, decided to stop taking methadone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Was it essential or was it elective? In Ramon’s case, it was a bit of both. Ramon’s story began neck and back surgery followed by several years of pain medication. A move to

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Get Clean or Screw It?

Get Clean or Screw It?

Sometimes it is hard to think beyond the next few weeks or even days. It is very easy to say “f**k it, I may not even be here in a few weeks I contract coronavirus.” For many, there is a sense of the relief from responsibility that comes with being

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Mental and Physical Pain Following Trauma

Mental and Physical Pain Connection

I stood at the podium, in front of a room filled with strangers at a state summit in Michigan. I was there to recount my trauma — my past. I shared my vulnerable story and my transition from victim to thriving survivor. As I spoke, my legs shook uncontrollably, my

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Reframing Negative Thoughts

Reframing Thoughts During Coronavirus

Prior to COVID-19, I attended a retreat that focused on reframing thoughts, feelings, and past experiences by turning negatives into positives. What we are experiencing is difficult, painful, and likely once in a lifetime. I find myself using some of the reframing skills I learned during this retreat now, during

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