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?
Take the First Step to Take Control of Your Cravings by Julie Myers, PsyD
Cravings are controlled by a variety of brain chemicals, including norepinephrine, dopamine, and glutamate. Many people describe their cravings as coming out of nowhere, as if these chemicals pop into their brains and create a cravings spontaneously.
These chemicals and . . . → Read More: Take the First Step to Take Control of Your Cravings
Riding the SMART Recovery “Tremor” by Julie Myers, PsyD Volunteer Adviser, SMART Recovery San Diego
You’ve probably heard of “riding the wave” during an urge to use. Riding the wave is a way to experience the urge, without letting it control you. Urges are time limited, and they eventually pass, just like a wave. Although . . . → Read More: Riding the SMART Recovery “Tremor”
SMART Recovery: Stress relievers for urge control by Julie Myers, PsyD Volunteer Adviser, SMART Recovery San Diego
Have you ever thought about how much stress triggers your using? Stress (and the resulting anxiety or anger) drives people to seek relief. For many people, such stress means searching out relief with drugs and/or alcohol. But there . . . → Read More: SMART Recovery: Stress relievers for urge control
Working a SMART Recovery by Julie Myers, PsyD
Change in recovery takes work, just like learning any other new skill. It rarely happens without effort. Try these simple tips to make faster progress in your recovery:
Write down a list of SMART Recovery tools you can use and keep it handy, such as in your . . . → Read More: Working a SMART Recovery
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
SMART Recovery: Think before you drink! by Julie Myers, PsyD Volunteer Adviser, SMART Recovery San Diego
One of the first steps to changing a behavior is becoming (really and truly) aware of the behavior.
Often, addictive behaviors are driven largely by habit, which people engage in without much thought. For example, someone may arrive . . . → Read More: SMART Recovery: Think before you drink!