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Monday, November 05, 2018


Thanks for this series. I recall many years ago Dr, Zinberg talking about people in recovery who because they did this on their own, were never in statics about treatment/recovery.

I am very glad to see that you are going to focus a special series on self-directed recovery. I think you may be interested in a recent review article on the same topic that was published in Health Psychology Open, Self-guided Change: The Most Common Form of Long-term, Maintained Health Behavior Change [journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2055102917751576].
I looked at six risky health behaviors: alcohol, heroin, and cocaine misuse, cigarette smoking, gambling and overeating. The majority of people recover from five out of six as they age using self-guided (or self-directed) change. Despite what is thought, millions of people lose weight and keep it off, i.e., 20%. Moreover, 80% may not lose weight and keep it off, but they undoubtedly change how they eat as they age or they would be even heavier. More funds and research should be focused on how people make these changes and how they maintain them.
F. Michler Bishop, Ph.D.
Director, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services
Albert Ellis Institute, New York, New York
Fellow, Society of Addiction Psychology, American Psychological Association
Associate Professor, Psychology
SUNY College at Old Westbury

Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.”

― Albert Einstein

What we have learned in the drug court environment is that a self-directed recovery management plan is probably the best tool we have to help participants remain in recovery for the long-term. When drug court participants complete their own recovery management plan that will serve them for several years after they graduate drug court, there is significant benefit. A self-directed plan as opposed to a counselor created treatment plan, allows the drug court participant to buy in to their own goals and objectives and when we get them to utilize that plan in the last phase of drug court, they utilize the their plan long after drug court. Self-direction results in significant buy-in, a critical component for long-term recovery.

Great stuff! Much needed resource. Wishing the very best with your initiative and website. Will be dropping in to see how it goes.

You might find some stuff you like on my website www.recoverystories.info (which I stopped blogging on some time ago, but keep the website up because of the info it contains). Please link to or use stuff as may help your initiative.

I love this self-directed recovery focus. I was just in a meeting with s Superintendent of Schools on Cape Cod, talking about support for teens who are struggling with substance abuse and I loved the Superintendent's quote "Let's not overlook the power of young people to self-identify. They might not know what they want yet, but they know the life they are living isn't it, that something's not right."

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