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What’s the first step of habit change? Going off autopilot!

– Carrie Wilkens, Clinical Director of the Center for Motivation and Change Changing behavior requires self-awareness. Changing a well-worn habit in particular requires that you move it from “automatic” to “conscious” so that you can make other behavioral choices. For example, if you don’t even notice that you are reaching for a cigarette as you …

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A Powerful Exercise for Changing Your Thinking

Three Minute Refutations by Michael R. Edelstein Ph.D. SMART is based in part on the rational (REBT) concepts of Albert Ellis. Here, Michael Edelstein outlines his distinctive style of the application of REBT as an aid to recovery. In my book Three Minute Therapy, I introduced the cognitive practice of the Three Minute Exercise (TME) …

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5 Things You Need To Know About Digital Tools for Recovery

Addiction  Recovery 101, with Reid Hester, Ph.D. “There are a huge number of digital tools to help people with alcohol and drug problems…..It’s really hard to tell, just on the basis of looking at them, what’s going to help you.”~ Dr. Reid  Hester Watch to find out what you need to know to find an …

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Corey Booker’s Statement on Marijuana Legalization

Sen. Booker’s petition would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances.  “For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders, especially for marijuana-related offenses. This has wasted human potential, torn apart families and communities, and squandered massive sums of taxpayer dollars. “That’s why I introduced the Marijuana Justice …

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Words are Hugely Powerful Mediators of Positive Change

Word Choice and Positive Outcomes The leading barrier to treatment entry by people abusing substances is fear of stigma. Words matter. Our beliefs about substance abuse and compulsive behavior problems—and the potential for change—are built into the words we use to speak about them. Maybe more importantly in this case is that words are reflective …

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Marijuana, Sleep, and Dreams

The indica vs. sativa debate, continued.  [First published July 13, 2015.] Anyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep. The effect of cannabis on sleep is even part of the never-ending debate over Cannabis indica vs. Cannabis sativa, the two major species of the …

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