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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, […]

Connect to Thrive

by Dr. Mark Chamberlain

Dr. Mark Chamberlain’s PowerPoint Presentation at AMCAP on September 29, 2016. Please click the link below to see the PowerPoint Presentation. connect-to-thrive

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. […]

Let Cravings Remind You to Address Real Needs

by Dr. Mark Chamberlain
Let Cravings Remind You to Address Real Needs

It’s not as easy as it may seem to remain addicted. Craving must lead to acting out, because it’s the acting out that fuels these future cravings. If we stop acting on our cravings, the entire machinery of addiction starts to wind down and its momentum begins to fade. Therefore, to keep the cycle going, […]

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 […]

You Are Not Alone

by Kylie Bair
You Are Not Alone

This article is by a wonderful new therapist on our Suncrest Counseling team, Kylie Bair. A tall, athletic student sits across from me fidgeting and unable to get comfortable. It’s our first meeting; I’m learning the basics. Loves to play soccer. Enjoys time with friends. … Then I dive in: “So, what brought you in […]

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
Using Self-Love To Facilitate Change

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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