Part 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

Part 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

The 4th and final law in James Clear’s Atomic Habits refers to the final part of the habit loop, the reward. In order for a new habit to form and be sustained, the reward must be satisfying. The difficult thing about this step speaks to our biology and evolution. As our earliest ancestors learned to […]

Part 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

Part 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

Substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are complex psychosocial/spiritual conditions and not just bad habits.  Incorporating insights from the highly studied topic of habit change can be a boon for anyone desiring recovery. In earlier blogs we examined the Habit Loop: cue, trigger, craving, response, reward. Atomic Habits author, James Clear, breaks each component of […]

Part 3: Cravings and Forming Habits

Part 3 Be With The Cravings

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 mentioned in part 1 and […]

Sobriety Slogans to Help You During COVID-19

Sobriety Slogans

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 Pass. During uncertain times, remember […]

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 what our new normal will […]

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 Behavior Change are rules we […]

Part 1: Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit?

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 good habits or eliminate bad […]

Mental and Physical Pain Connection

Mental and Physical Pain Following Trauma

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 palms were sweaty, and my […]

Reframing Thoughts During Coronavirus

Reframing Negative Thoughts

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 our current coronavirus pandemic experience. […]

How Can I Safely Detox Off Opioids During Coronavirus?

How Can I Safely Detox Off Opioids During Coronavirus?

I don’t remember a time when I felt less in control of so many things or so many areas of my life. The novel coronavirus has changed our daily lives. I’m reminded of Steven Covey’s work on our Circles of Influence and Circles of Concern.  Imagine an inner and outer circle. The outer circle is […]