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My First Year in Recovery Fast Clinical Tips

My First Year in Recovery Fast Clinical Tips

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Here's the perfect way for individuals in addiction recovery to capture the first year of their new life. Lined pages with short "teaser" sentences throughout help guide the writing process to make journaling more effective. Inspirational quotes and thoughts from others in recovery reinforce the process.
Here's the perfect way for individuals in addiction recovery to capture the first year of their new life. Lined pages with short "teaser" sentences throughout help guide the writing process to make journaling more effective. Inspirational quotes and thoughts from others in recovery reinforce the process.

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Published by: Central Recovery Press on Jun 03, 2009
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My First Year in Recovery: A Journal for the Journey Fast Clinical Tips

Client: “I really can’t write very well, and my spelling is just awful.” (Fear of being judged on his/her inability to write or spell correctly.) • • Assure your clients that writing in this journal is not like school work. Their writing will not be graded or corrected for spelling errors. Explain that writing can help them identify feelings and emotions they may be unable to articulate. In many ways, writing can be extremely therapeutic.

Client: “I don’t feel safe writing this stuff because I’m afraid someone else will read it.” • Explain that this is a common fear with most individuals who are getting clean and into recovery. Let them know they do not have to write anything they feel is too personal or shame-based, but encourage them to talk about those things.

Client: “I’ve never done anything like this before. This is all new to me.” • • Share with your clients your own experiences with journaling or share some of the success your other clients have had with journaling. Remind clients that while the recovery process may be new and unfamiliar to them, it is something that has worked for many people.

Client: “I don’t have the first idea of what to write.” • Explain that My First Year in Recovery is perfect for clients as it provides a starting point for them to write. Instead of looking at an empty sheet of paper and drawing a blank about how to begin, they simply have to answer the questions. They can write as little or as much as they want.

$19.95 US 7.5 x 9, 160 pages, hardcover ISBN 13: 978-0-9799869-0-1 ISBN 10: 0-9799869-0-7

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My First Year in Recovery: A Journal for the Journey Fast Clinical Tips
In a group setting: • Facilitating a group where individuals read their input for any specific day will not only hold clients responsible for their actions, but also will assist them in moving from a shame-based perspective to positive action and a sense of accomplishment. Make it a fun experience, not something to be dreaded or feared by clients. Allow clients to pick whatever page they choose to read. Ask them to pick a day on which they had a good experience. Ask them to select something positive that they wrote. Praise and encourage any writing the client does, even if it is negative. It is easier to redirect something negative than to have nothing with which to work.

Keep in mind... The act of writing—whether it consists of journaling, taking a daily inventory, or writing on a step—is a healthy and therapeutic outlet. Feelings and emotions that would not ordinarily come out through sharing them with you or in meetings or talking with a sponsor can surface while writing. The insight that can be gained through writing is invaluable, both to you as a clinician and to your clients. It is a great way to uncover roadblocks on the path of recovery.

For ordering information, please visit www.CentralRecoveryPress.com.

$19.95 US 7.5 x 9, 160 pages, hardcover ISBN 13: 978-0-9799869-0-1 ISBN 10: 0-9799869-0-7

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