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Understanding Relapse: Unpacking the Lesson in a Relapse

Understanding Relapse: Unpacking the Lesson in a Relapse An excerpt from 12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing Relapse is a common characteristic of the chronic disease of addiction. How do we address a relapse? Here is some practical advice. First, get completely honest with [...]

Understanding Relapse: Addressing Shame

Understanding Relapse: Addressing Shame An excerpt from 12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing Relapse is a common characteristic of the chronic disease of addiction. You must address shame if you are going to get and stay sober. Even if you are unaware of feeling shame, [...]

Understanding Relapse: Nourishing Attitudes That Help Us Learn from Relapse

Understanding Relapse: Nourishing Attitudes That Help Us Learn from Relapse An excerpt from 12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing Relapse is a common characteristic of the chronic disease of addiction. All nourishing attitudes and beliefs we may hold about a relapse are grounded in [...]

Understanding Relapse: Shoulds Wipe Us Out and Sabotage Recovery

Understanding Relapse: Shoulds Wipe Us Out and Sabotage Recovery An excerpt from 12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing Stop Shoulding on Yourself One easy way to identify a toxic attitude or belief is that a should is always embedded in the concept. Shoulds wipe [...]

Understanding Relapse: Toxic Attitudes or Responses to a Relapse

Understanding Relapse: Toxic Attitudes or Responses to a Relapse An excerpt from 12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing Faulty Assumptions In my experience, faulty assumptions are among the most common myths that alcoholics and addicts tend to believe about relapse—perhaps without realizing it. A relapse [...]

Understanding Relapse: A Common Symptom of the Chronic Disease of Alcoholism and Addiction

Understanding Relapse: A Common Symptom of the Chronic Disease of Alcoholism and Addiction An excerpt from 12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing Relapse is a common characteristic of the chronic disease of addiction. When we hide a relapse because of shame or fear of [...]

12 Core Concepts of Emotional Sobriety

12 Core Concepts of Emotional Sobriety For more read 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing I believe that if we are truly to recover from the disease of addiction, we must grow up—emotionally. True recovery is the product of humility that emerges from living and [...]

Don’t Confuse a Spiritual Solution with a Spiritual Bypass

An excerpt from 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recoveryby Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing Don't Confuse a Spiritual Solution with a Spiritual Bypass The spirituality to be discovered and uncovered through working the Twelve Steps offers a remarkable way of life. But believing that you don’t need to deal with personal issues [...]

Spirituality as Avoidance (Luther’s Story)

An excerpt from 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recoveryby Allen Berger, PhD., Hazelden Publishing Spirituality as Avoidance (Luther's Story) Luther, a client of mine, comes to mind. He had been sober for three years when he began seeing me for psychotherapy. Our first meeting was most unusual; he began by telling me [...]

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