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The 7 Skills for Addiction-Free Living: Behavioral Self-Control

by Reid Hester
Join Reid Hester as he guides viewers through a step-by-step process of changing the old, stuck behavior patterns that often plague individuals in the recovery process, and replacing them with healthier ways of living.

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


The 7 Skills for Addiction-Free Living: Behavioral Self-Control
In any stage of recovery, the question arises again and again: “How do I just stop doing something that feels like such a fundamental part of my life?” In this illuminating video, Dr. Reid Hester, a leading expert in evidence-based substance abuse treatment, shares his philosophy that all our not-so-healthy addictions and bad habits—including heavy drinking, smoking, overeating, and procrastination—can be changed following the same basic principles.

With the help of a live studio audience in various stages of substance abuse recovery, Dr. Hester walks you through the four steps of behavioral change, starting with setting reasonable goals for change (including cutting back or the “warm-turkey” approach), self-monitoring to see how deeply ingrained those old habits are, choosing rewards for incremental successes, and finally finding new behaviors to take the place of the old ones. Through lively discussion, role-playing, and group and individual exercises, you will learn how to successfully achieve long-term changes to even those bad habits you have felt stuck with for years or decades.

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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"This video demonstrates a direct, no-nonsense, and focused approach. Therapists will learn how to create a treatment plan, using tools clients can access themselves, and how to refrain from pushing them to commit to something that they cannot commit to. The structure of the cognitive method was clear and explicit, and the participating studio audience brought the concepts to life."
 - Nina Raff, LCSW, San Francisco, CA 
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By watching this video the audience will:
• Learn how to set reasonable goals for changing or eliminating problematic behavior patterns;
• Practice self-monitoring of their habitual behaviors to discover their effects on their life;
• Discover “new roads” to the lifestyle they wish to have, by identifying healthy behaviors that will reward them in the same way old habits did.
Length of video: 01:54:12
Number of Discs: 1
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-279-4
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-280-8
Reid  HesterReid Hester, PhD, is the Director of the Research Division of Behavior Therapy Associates in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His professional career balances clinical work with consultation, research, and training in empirically supported approaches in substance abuse treatment. He has written three books and 37 other publications in the area of substance abuse prevention and treatment. Dr. Hester has been a technical adviser and consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 
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Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to set reasonable goals for changing or eliminating problematic behavior patterns;
  • Practice self-monitoring of your habitual behaviors to discover their effects on your life;
  • Discover “new roads” to the lifestyle you wish to have, by identifying healthy behaviors that will reward you in the same way as your old habits did.