A Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery
by Julie Myers, PsyD, MSCP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist in San Diego
Recovery from substance abuse is a process unique to each individual. Despite those who believe otherwise, there is no single “right” path to recovery. Instead, each person has a unique set of challenges and . . . → Read More: A Recovery Roadmap
Stopping a slip from becoming a relapse
For many with serious substance abuse problems, any drug or alcohol use can be problematic. These people must abstain. If they drink or drug again, they can slip into full-blown relapse, even after months or years of abstinence. For some, even a brief lapse may generate so much . . . → Read More: Stopping a slip from becoming a relapse
How drug use hijacks our response to happiness
by Julie Myers, Psy.D.
It’s not difficult to understand why someone, who is actively using drugs, may feel bored when he/she is not high. It is more difficult to understand why that person may continue to have difficulty enjoying activities once the drug is stopped. . . . → Read More: How drug use hijacks our response to happiness
Journaling, the SMART Recovery Way by Julie Myers, PsyD
Here are some thoughts about “journaling”, the SMART Recovery® way.
Some people enjoy writing down their thoughts in a diary or journal. This can be cathartic, helping a person feel less alone. It may be a wonderful way to express gratitude, love, or to get perspective . . . → Read More: Journaling, the SMART Recovery Way
Building Confidence with SMART Recovery by Julie Myers, PsyD Volunteer Adviser, SMART Recovery San Diego
Sometimes, when you slip in your recover, your confidence may slip with you. You may believe that you don’t know how to change your behaviors, that somehow the slip means that you are right back to square one. But . . . → Read More: Building Confidence with SMART Recovery
The SMART Recovery Handbook by Julie Myers, PsyD Volunteer Adviser, SMART Recovery San Diego
At one of our recent meetings, we discussed the SMART Recovery handbook. Interestingly, we didn’t talk about anything particular that was IN the handbook. Instead, we examined why those who owned a copy of the book never even open it and . . . → Read More: The SMART Recovery Handbook
How are you doing with your recovery?: The SMART Recovery® Activities Scale (SRAS) by Julie Myers, PsyD and Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
The SMART Recovery® Activities Scale (SRAS) is a new tool to help those engaged with SMART Recovery®. The SRAS was developed by Julie Myers, Psy.D.1 and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.2
The SRAS can be . . . → Read More: How are you doing with your recovery?: The SMART Recovery® Activities Scale (SRAS)
Here is a typical situation that we tried to replay in one of our recent meetings: Joe: “Hi Steve, I am the new Joe. I had some significant drinking problems until a few month ago. Then I decided to change my life. I built motivation, took some drastic steps, and gained control of my life. . . . → Read More: Have you ever asked for help?
How to participate in SMART Recovery meetings by Julie Myers, PsyD Volunteer Adviser, SMART Recovery San Diego
SMART Recovery stands for “Self-Management and Recovery Training”. In other words, it is about how YOU can take control of yourself and your recovery. Sometimes, participants forget that self-help meetings (like SMART Recovery meetings) inherently include “self”. . . . → Read More: How to participate in SMART Recovery meetings
I look at achieving goals as a house with many stories. Our ceiling becomes our floor each story we go up. In the case of SMART, our goals are our ceilings and our achievements are our floors. Every goal we achieve becomes the ground we stand on to reach our next goal. Although we have . . . → Read More: SMART Conference Speech