Articles by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT

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Cravings and Temptations Managed with Bubbles and Curiosity

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
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Craving and Temptations, Part of our Human Experience Part of being human is to have cravings and temptations. The brain likes the feel-good feelings that are released through dopamine and the other happy chemicals like serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins which are released when a person consumes substances like drugs and alcohol and engages in behaviors […]

Take Notice, Be Observant

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
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Tunnel Vision for Behavior or Substance One of the difficulties in getting out of compulsive behaviors is the brain is so fixated on getting the high or pleasure from engaging in the behavior or substance that there is little if any time for the brain to be aware of emotions, physiological changes, sensations, mental status, […]

Learning to Feel and Accept Emotions

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
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Emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant, are part of our humanness. In some cases, we don’t want to feel unpleasant emotions. It’s just too painful. However, there are times when we don’t want to feel pleasant emotions either. Sometimes we don’t think we deserve to feel good. All Emotions have Value For some, their challenge is […]

Cut the Access to the Drug!

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
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Trying to change our behavior isn’t a simple task. Many times it’s just easier to admit that we have a problem and then not do anything about it. Often we can get loved ones, friends and even society off our backs by simply admitting, “I’m addicted.” Unfortunately, simply admitting that we are addicted seldom results […]

Plan for But Do Not Plan to Have a Lapse

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
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Lapses are Painful It is so very painful when our loved ones lapse. Such lapses bring back all of the emotional baggage once again—the mistrust, resentment, hurt, fear, self-blame, bitterness, betrayal, inferiority, anger, hopelessness, and more. One wife said, “Here we go again, I’m being dragged through this mess one more time. I just can’t do it anymore.” Although […]

The Pages of Recovery

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
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Recently, while sitting in a meeting I noticed that the letters from the name of the company were printed on the end of the pages of my manual. When the pages were compressed, I could easily make out the name. When the manual was open, and the pages were separated, it was difficult to read. […]

Worrying––Does it Help or Hinder?

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
Worrying––Does it Help or Hinder?

When working on recovery there seems to be a long list of concerns — relationships, employment, money, health, regrets, guilt, the future and the list goes on. We certainly have a lot to worry about it, but does it get in our way of recovery or help us to improve? Glenn Turner observed, “Worrying is […]

Hurry, I Need a Plan (Relapse Prevention)

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
Hurry, I Need a Plan (Relapse Prevention)

A client coming to the end of therapy seemed anxious about terminating and his ability to use what he had learned in therapy. I sensed, “Hurry, I need a plan for the future.”  His anxiousness was followed by a sincere question, “What can I do to maintain the progress I have made and not slip […]

Seeing Ourselves as a Changed Person

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
Seeing Ourselves as a Changed Person

Most of us want to change unwanted behaviors, even if the desire is very small. Wanting change is the beginning. Seeing ourselves as a changed person, going through life without the behavior, is vital to our long-term healing. Working to Change Behavior vs. Seeing us as Changed It has been my experience that most clients […]

Using Self-Love To Facilitate Change

by Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT
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A Global Positioning System (GPS) is extremely handy when we are trying to find a location, particularly when we are in unfamiliar territory. We can drive while listening to the audio instructions from the GPS as well as view our position in relationship to the electronic map. Wrong Turn / Recalculating Even with our best […]

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