Category Archives: Recovery Media

Exercise and Relapse Prevention

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Some researchers have stressed the importance of helping individuals in early recovery to develop “positive addictions” such as increased physical activity and/or meditation.  And even though lifestyle modification is one of the main components of Marlatt’s relapse prevention model, this element has received the least attention in substance abuse treatment programs.  Nevertheless, engaging in regular exercise provides a number of potential benefits including allowing individuals to experience positive mood states without the use of drugs; helping to reduce depressive symptoms which have been tied to risk of relapse; improving sleep and cognitive functioning (each of which have been identified as being disrupted in early recovery and predictive of relapse); and increasing self-efficacy while decreasing stress-reactivity.

The following presentation describes the results of a single subject design research project undertaken by the Site Administrator investigating the impact of aerobic exercise on perceived stress.  It was recorded by the Site Administrator in March 2014 in partial fulfillment of the Masters of Science in Social Work degree at the University of Louisville.

Step Ten: Living the Program

Step 10:  Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

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Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

This award winning film takes viewers into India’s largest prison which also happens to be one of the toughest in the world.  The film documents the dramatic change brought about in both inmates and prison guards under the visionary leadership of Inspector General, Karin Bedi who oversaw the introduction of Vipassana meditation into the prison.

A Brief Survey of Step Four

Step 4:  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

In the essay, On Human Nature, three basic human instincts — the survival instinct, the social instinct, and the happiness instinct — are described as the foundation of all cognition, behavior and emotion.  Though the means by which we endeavor to satisfy these innate end objectives vary greatly by individual and by society, the most common manifestations thereof were first noted by the renowned psychologist, Andrew Maslow.  In a 1943 article entitled A Theory of Human Motivation, Maslow proposed a universal hierarchy of instrumental needs which exist as means to satisfy instinctual end objectives.

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A Brief Survey of the First Step

Step One:  We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction — that our lives had become unmanageable.

The First Step is always the hardest . . .

It is said that the First Step is the most important of all because it is only when it has been accepted as true for the individual that recovery may begin.  Drawing on the wisdom of recovery literature, this article will provide a general overview of the First Step.

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Dr. William Duncan Silkworth, M.D.

Dr. William Silkworth, M.D.

Dr. William Silkworth, M.D.

Born in 1873, Dr. William D. Silkworth, M.D. gaduated from Princeton University in 1896 and earned his medical degree from New York University in 1900.  While in medical school, Dr. Silkworth interned at Bellevue Hospital where he first discovered his passion for treating alcoholics.  Thereafter, he was a member of the psychiatric staff at the U.S. Army Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York during World War I from 1917 to 1919.  He served as an associate physician at the Neurological Institute of Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan from 1919 to 1929 and is believed to have specialized in neurology.  After incurring substantial losses in the stock market crash of 1929, Dr. Silkworth accepted the medical directorship at Charles B. Towns Hospital in New York which specialized in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction.

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