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
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?
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
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
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
SMART Recovery CBA: How the Benefits of Recovery Expand by Julie Myers, PsyD Volunteer Adviser, SMART Recovery San Diego
When you begin to contemplate changing your addictive behavior, you may think about all the problems that your behavior has caused. There may be a single negative event (such as a DUI) or an accumulation of . . . → Read More: SMART Recovery CBA: How the Benefits of Recovery Expand
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”
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