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Non-traditional Resources for Recovery Support

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On our website, underneath the tab for this blog is another tab, Resources. On that page we link to both AA and SMART Recovery. I found out about a couple more addiction supports in the community and want to share them. We found these through meetup.com.If you haven't been to meetup.com, you're missing out. This is a website that helps local people to connect with one another through common interests. Of course, there are the Boise Beer lovers-type groups, but there are also groups ...
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Helping family members understand depression

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Talking with people about your depression symptoms can be very difficult, especially if those people haven't ever had symptoms of their own. A young woman, Allie Brosh, started writing about her experience on her blog, Hyperbole and a Half. She actually started her blog way back in 2009. But, in October 2011 she started talking about depression, and then did a second entry in May 2013. She is a tremendous artist and you can listen to a great interview with her h...
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I was talking t someone lately about apps for managing symptoms and was told about an app called Worry Box. While searching for that app, I came across this article about the best anxiety apps of the year. Some of these are already listed on our resources page, but I thought I'd link to the article as well. If you happen to try any of these out, please let me know what you think of them.
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Declining Mood in the Fall/Winter Months?

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In just a couple weeks, (November 2nd), we will turn our clocks back an hour. And, the days do seem shorter--it's dark when I wake up and it's dark long before I go to bed. Many of us struggle to adjust to the change for a few weeks, but weather it. For others, seasonally worsening mood is an aspect of dealing with a major mood disorder. People often complain of sleeping too much, gaining weight, and feeling perpetually fatigued, along with feeling more depressed.  Seasonal aff...
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Want to be happier?

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On our Resources page you'll find an app called Happier. For awhile the app had courses you could purchase. They still have some you have to pay for, but many of them are now free. One free 10 day challenge (course) is called Attitude: Gratitude. The topics are as follows:What Makes You HappierThe One Thing Happiest People Have in CommonSavor the Sweet ThingsCreating Your Daily Gratitude RitualHow to TurboCharge Your Gratitude RitualThe Little Huge Things to Appreciate in Every Single D...
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Procrastination and Self-Compassion

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In CBT we work on reasons we procrastinate. We talk about how we get overwhelmed by trying to do the whole instead of breaking it down into manageable chunks, feeling too much pressure/pushing from others so we dig in our heels, we get overwhelmed by perfectionism, etc. In this recent article from The Greater Good Science Center, we learn about having more self-compassion. The article has several helpful tips and videos about self-compassion as it relates to decreasing levels of stress...
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A few months ago in group, we were talking about different things we find relaxing. We probably were in Coping group, working on distress tolerance. One group member suggested using A.S.M.R. I had never heard of such a thing. ASMR, a phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response, or A.S.M.R., designed to evoke a tingling sensation that travels over the scalp or other parts of the body in response to auditory, olfactory or visual forms of stimulation.Come to find out, youtube i...
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Suicide Prevention Website

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a great website with lots of useful information. The name of the site is You Matter. There are sections for getting help for yourself or for a friend,  and for recognizing warning signs for suicide. Another section on the site is a blog that is divided into three focus topics--One is Self Love, which is all about good self care and has articles such as 'getting through the next 5 minutes'. The next focus topic is What to Ex...
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In our Coping group, one of the things we work on is interpersonal effectiveness. Interpersonal effectiveness has three parts--getting what your want, or your objectives; keeping the relationship intact; and keeping self-respect.  Trying to balance all three of these at the same time takes tremendous skill for many of us.  One of the things people struggle with is saying no to others. We worry people won't like us, will see us as selfish, hard to get along with, uncaring, etc....
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Walking Meditation

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It is that glorious time of year in June where there weather is just perfect. The sun is shining and it's not too hot.  Often, therapists ask our clients to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise. In January that can be a daunting task, but right now is great time to get outside.  If you're not ready for vigorous exercise, consider doing a walking meditation. Walking meditation is an opportunity to be mindful, present and moving at the same time, rather than ...
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