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The 7 Skills for Addiction-Free Living: Alternatives to Substance Abuse

by Robert Meyers, PhD & Jane Ellen Smith, PhD
In this supportive video, Robert Meyers and Jane Ellen Smith help people in the recovery process develop the skills necessary to make significant lifestyle changes, as they lead them on a captivating exploration of alternatives to substance use.

Part of the 7-video series: The 7 Skills for Addiction-Free Living


The 7 Skills for Addiction-Free Living: Alternatives to Substance Abuse
For many people in recovery from substance abuse, one of the most challenging aspects of living a sober life is learning how to “fill the void” previously occupied by drugs and alcohol with activities that are pleasurable, healthy and meaningful.
In this supportive video, Robert Meyers and Jane Ellen Smith help viewers and participants develop the skills necessary to make significant lifestyle changes, as they lead them on a captivating exploration of alternatives to substance use.

With the help of a live studio audience of men and women in various stages of recovery, Meyers and Smith take viewers through various exercises and a step-by-step process that focus on helping them restructure their lifestyle and make life without alcohol and drugs not only healthy and satisfying, but also fun. 

This video is part of the series 7 Skills for Addiction-Free Living, and is primarily geared towards people in recovery, as well as their family members and loved ones. It is also an excellent resource for educators and trainers in addiction counseling programs, as well as staff at recovery treatment centers. Therapists in private practice will want this in their library to lend to clients struggling with substance abuse.

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" The video provides therapists with specific topics to cover in relapse prevention discussions with a patient, and is also an excellent psychoeducational tool for therapists to lend to clients. I recommend the entire series of videos to any therapist working in substance abuse treatment."
-- Thomas Gonda, Jr, MD, MFT, Berkeley, California

"Many people in recovery feel bored or like they are bouncing off walls. In this video, psychologists Robert Myers and Jane Ellen Smith teach a step by step method to find alternative activities that are pleasurable and healthy. They guide us through self- assessment, brainstorming, and steps to develop self -assertion. A highlight of the video is the heartfelt commentary from members of the studio audience, men and women in various stages of recovery from substance abuse."
-- Julie Tapley, MFT, San Francisco, California
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With the guidance of Robert Meyers and Jane Ellen Smith, viewers will have the opportunity to:

• Brainstorm a list of pleasurable activities that they would like to incorporate into their life
• Rate various areas of their life on a happiness scale and identify steps to increase their happiness
• Learn how to overcome obstacles that might get in the way of making these big lifestyle changes
• Develop the communication skills that will enable them to create a rewarding social life that supports them in their recovery and overall well-being
 
Length of video: 01:54:50
Number of Discs: 1
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
This DVD plays in All Regions
Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-253-0
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-254-9
Robert J. Meyers, PhD, is the Director of Robert J. Meyers, PhD, and Associates, and an Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico, where his primary affiliation is with the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. He has published dozens of scientific articles and several books, including Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening.

Jane Ellen Smith, PhD, is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she is also the Director of Clinical Training. She is the coauthor of Clinical Guide to Alcohol Treatment: The Community Reinforcement Approach, with Robert J. Meyers.
 
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CE credits: 2
Learning objectives:

  • Brainstorm a list of pleasurable activities that you’d like to incorporate into your life
  • Rate various areas of your life on a happiness scale and identify steps to increase your happiness
  • Learn how to overcome obstacles that might get in the way of making these big lifestyle changes
  • Develop the communication skills that will enable you to create a rewarding social life that supports you in your recovery and overall well-being