How decision fatigue can affect your recovery
by Julie Myers, PsyD, MSCP Licensed Clinical Psychologist in San Diego
Recent research on the topic of willpower shows that we, as human beings, have limited decision making capacity. That is, in any given day, we may simply run-out of the mental energy that is . . . → Read More: Can You Think Your Way Out of a Drink?
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
I recently came across this article and thought it a very nice summary of how our automatic thoughts (beliefs) trigger our responses. – Julie Myers, PsyD
The Importance of Meanings in Our Reactions Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
People often make statements such as “You upset me,” “She makes . . . → Read More: The Importance of Meanings in Our Reactions
SMART Recovery: Making changes, step-by-step by Julie Myers, PsyD Volunteer Adviser, SMART Recovery San Diego
Have you ever wanted to make changes in your life, but felt so overwhelmed by the situation that you didn’t know where to start? Sometimes it helps to break the change down, working through the situation step by step using . . . → Read More: SMART Recovery: Making changes, step-by-step
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
Change planning in SMART Recovery by Julie Myers, PsyD
Change doesn’t necessarily happen without careful deliberation and planning. If we just expect things to happen on their own, we can end up repeating the same behaviors we hoped to change. For example, let’s say the change I want to make is to add more positive . . . → Read More: Change planning in SMART Recovery