Calm woman on beach starting over after relapse

Starting Over: Your Personal Relapse Prevention Plan

Following last week’s post on relapse triggers, this week discusses making an individual relapse prevention plan. If you’re in a 12-Step program, start by revisiting your self-inventory from Step 4. Highlight the factors that had the biggest influence on your turning to—and staying in—substance abuse. Asking Questions When Building Your Relapse Prevention Plan When doing…

Don’t Fool Yourself: You’re Not Invincible

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” -Holy Bible, New International Version, 1 Corinthians 10:12 Initial detox from chemical dependence is exhilarating. You feel better—physically, mentally, and emotionally—than you have in years. Anything seems possible. You believe wholeheartedly that “I’ll never go back to that old misery!” You believe you’re immune to relapse.…

How to Combat Addiction with Mindfulness

Note: Our CEO, Dr. James Flowers, presented a workshop on “Mindfulness, Meditation, and Drug and Alcohol Use” at the 42nd Annual Conference on Addiction Studies (Spectrum 2015) conference held October 2-4 by the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, Houston Chapter.  “Mindfulness creates space around our pain” (James Flowers), reducing the desperate feeling that instant relief is…