Set Yourself Up for Sobriety Success

Set Yourself Up for Sobriety Success

Beatrice came in for a follow up visit. She is in her early 50’s and has wrestled with her addiction to alcohol for more than half of her lifetime. Except for a (pretty bad) one night slip last Thanksgiving, she now has two years of recovery under her belt. She holds...
Changing Behavior To Stop Opioid Use

Changing Behavior To Stop Opioid Use

I’ve been riffing a lot on this idea of motivation and willpower. BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, says: “. . . motivation and willpower get a lot of airtime. People are always looking for ways to ramp them up and sustain them over time. The problem is that both...
PART 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

PART 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

The 4th and final law in James Clear’s Atomic Habits refers to the final part of the habit loop, the reward. In order for a new habit to form and be sustained, any reward must be satisfying. The difficult thing about this step speaks to our biology and evolution. As...
PART 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

PART 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

While it is widely accepted that substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are complex psychosocial/spiritual conditions and not just bad habits, I believe that incorporating insights from the highly studied topic of habit change can be a boon for anyone...
PART 3:  Cravings and Forming Habits

PART 3: Cravings and Forming Habits

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits defines the Habit Loop as consisting of four components: the cue or trigger, the craving, the response and the reward. By breaking each component down he offers strategies for those who are attempting to create a new habit or...