Moving Toward Change

  • Reducing Harmful Use & Developing a Harm Reduction Plan

  • The Definitions and Purposes of Denial & Defenses

  • De-Nial Is Not a River in Egypt & The Many Faces of Denial  

  • Denial & Defenses, and Personal Awareness Through The Discovery Worksheet

  • Stages of Change, Motivation, Choices, & Working Through Ambivalence

  • Recognizing Ambivalence & Weighing the Pros and Cons of Change

  • Moving Toward Abstinence & Making The Decision to Change  

  • Staying Abstinent No Matter What & Tools for Abstinence

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Reducing Harmful Use & Developing a Harm Reduction Plan (pages: Subject 3-65 – 3-66; Appendix III-93 –III-98)
Positive Beginning; Continuum of Use; Concerns About Harm Reduction and Abstinence; Importance of Engaging People With Harm Reduction; Community Outreach; Taking Steps to Reduce Harmful Consequences; Identifying Areas of Risk; Harm Reduction Model; Harm Reduction Methods; Developing a Harm Reduction Plan; Tips to Cutting Down on Alcohol and Other Drug Use; Slips Are Learning Opportunities; Reviewing Success; Evaluating Harm Reduction on a Case By Case Basis; Evaluating Success; Cutting Back Leads to a Sense of Accomplishment; “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” Handout; Positive Closure

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The Definitions and Purposes of Denial & Defenses (pages: Subject 3-59 – 3-60; Appendix III-89 –III-90)
Positive Beginning; De-Fenses Are “Fences” Used to Keep People “In” or Others “Out”; Automatic Psychological Protective Processes; Inborn Protective Defense System; Denial Protects Fragile Self-Image; Common to All Life-Threatening Illnesses; Defenses Can Be Reactions of the Nervous System; Defenses Are Protection Against the “Enemy”; Easy to Identify in Others and Difficult to See in Oneself; Person Loses Contact With Reality; Denial Is Not Lying; Prevents or Gets in the Way of Taking Action; Impairs Judgment & Distorts Thinking; Denial Is Progressive; Denial Comes in Many Forms; Group Discussions; “Positively Negative” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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De-Nial Is Not a River in Egypt & The Many Faces of Denial (pages: Subject 3-59 – 3-60; Appendix III-91 –III-92)
Positive Beginning; De-Fenses Are “Fences” Used to Keep People “In” or Others “Out”; Denial or Defenses Come in Many Forms; Denial Causes Failure to See Reality; Effects of Not Working Through Denial; Working Through Denial and Defenses; Recognizing The Many “Faces” of Denial: (1) The Simple Denial; (2) Minimizing; (3) Blaming; (4) Projection; (5) Rationalizing; (6) Intellectualizing; (7) Compliance; (8) Personalizing; (9) Diversion; (10) Hostility; (11) Euphoric Recall;(12) Substitution; Other Forms of Defenses; “Recognizing the Many “Faces” of Denial” Exercise & Group Discussion;Yesterday” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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Denial & Defenses, and Personal Awareness Through The Discovery Worksheet (pages:  Subject 3-59 – 3-62; Appendix III-89 – III-92)                          Positive Beginning; Denial Is Part of the Illness; The Basics of Denial – A Protection From a Painful Reality; De-Fenses Are “Fences” Used to Keep People “In” or Others “Out”; Denial or Defenses Come in Many Forms; Denial Causes Failure to See Reality; Effects of Not Working Through Denial; Working Through Denial and Defenses; Positive Closure

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Stages of Change, Motivation, Choices, & Working Through Ambivalence (pages: Subject 1-28 – 1-37)
Positive Beginning; How People Change Behaviors; Stages of Change; The Spiraling Pattern of Change; Different Stages of Change at The Same Time; Discomfort and Mistakes Can Lead to Change; Depression and Anxiety Can Help Lead to Change; Barriers to Change; Old Attitudes and Beliefs; Difficulty in Relating to Later Stage Symptoms; The “Yeah Buts”; The “Yets”; The “I’m Really, Really Going to Try… Really” Syndrome; Putting Off Making a Decision For Change; Not Putting the “Action” Into Change; Discounting or Finding a “Reason” To Leave Treatment; Trying to Do It “Perfectly”; Change Takes Practice and Occurs From The Inside-Out; Motivation and Working Through Ambivalence; Personal Motives; Choices; “Weighing The “I Want To” With The “I Don’t Want To”” Exercise; Positive Closure

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Recognizing Ambivalence & Weighing the Pros and Cons of Change (pages: Subject 3-62 – 3-65)
Positive Beginning; Identifying Problems By Weighing the Pros and Cons; Benefits and Costs of Using and Not Using; Weighing the Pros and Cons of Using Alcohol and Other Drugs “The Balance Scale” Worksheet and Exercise; Analyzing the Benefits of Using and Costs of Not Using; “Recovery is Letting Go” Inspirational Handout; “Yesterday” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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Moving Toward Abstinence & Making The Decision to Change (pages: Subject 3-67 – 3-74; Appendix III-101 – III-102)
Positive Beginning; Moving Toward Abstinence; Choosing to Make The Decision to Change; Putting Off The Decision; Making The Decision; Management of Psychiatric Disorders By Reducing Substance Abuse; Treatment Does Work!; First – Become Willing To Learn; Treatment Is About Learning; Not Picking Up the First Drink or First Drug; Learning to Say “No” – Learn, Talk, Think, Practice, Say It; Planning for Specific Situations; Second – Become Open-Minded to Suggestions; Third – Have a Plan for Different Situations, Before They Happen; Fourth – Get Support From Group; Areas of Recovery; Group Closure; Benefits of Treatment; Group Discussions; Positive Closure

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Staying Abstinent No Matter What & Tools for Abstinence (pages: Subject 6-15 – 6-16; 6-17 – 6-25)
Positive Beginning; Total Abstinence Is Recommended; Importance of Abstinence in Dual Recovery; Total Commitment to Recovery; Getting Your Ducks in a Row – Taking Action; Daily Plan For Recovery – Go to Bed Abstinent; Tools for Abstinence; Converting Strengths in Addition to Strengths in Recovery; Self-Defeating Thoughts & Challenge Old Thinking and Create New Thoughts; Develop Survival Image and Mentality; Help Yourself; Start and End Your Day With Recovery; Openly Acknowledge Your Addiction to Others (People that are crucial to your recovery); Remember the Old Days Realistically – Not Euphorically; Don’t Test Control – Stay Away From Using People and Slippery Places; Quit for Others, Stay Quit for Yourself; Learn From Your Mistakes; Limit Your Access to Cash; “Strength Identification” Exercise; Positive Closure

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