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1 LRAES of Recovery Presented by: Dr. Lorna Thomas, LMHC, CAP, RD
Jason TanneR, LMHC, and ANN Chapman, LMHC, CAP

2 Overview This workshop will introduce the LRAES approach of recovery and allow clinicians to discover the factors that lead clients to relapse. You will learn how each client has followed specific patterns that involve their: Lifestyle Relationships Attitudes Emotions Substance use

3 Overview/outcome of workshop
Practitioners will gain the skills necessary to answer the client’s question of “why” in regards to their self-destructive behaviors. Clinicians will leave encouraged having not only a thorough understanding of addiction but also a clear perspective on how recovery should look with the individuals in which they serve.

4 Sobriety Personal health Citizenship
The Betty Ford institute (BFI) in 2007 defines recovery as a voluntarily maintained lifestyle comprised of: Sobriety Personal health Citizenship Elaborate

5 A Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery in an effort to define recovery, say that a large number of individuals have experienced and successfully resolved dependence on alcohol and or other drugs, referring to their new sober productive lifestyle as being in “Recovery.”

6 L- Lifestyle Assesses the lifestyle of someone in active addiction
The places one would go, and how they usually spend their days: Were you able to keep a steady job? Did you have somewhere safe & comfortable to live? What did you do to have fun? Did your job, hobbies, or usual recreational activities bring you into contact with others who used?

7 R-Relationships Assesses the relationships of someone in active addiction Friendships or romantic relationships with non-using adults Faithfulness Pathological Conflicts Violence How authentic were you in your relationships? Who did you talk to about your struggle with addiction? What about relationships with family members? Who did you feel you could trust and be yourself with?

8 A-Attitudes Assesses the attitudes of someone in active addiction
about the law about drugs/alcohol about power, about what kind of place the world is? about your beliefs about yourself? Do you like yourself, feel proud of the kind of person you are? How did these attitudes and beliefs affect your behavior?

9 E-Emotions Assesses the emotions of someone in active addiction
What range of emotions experienced? How often did you feel these emotions? Did your emotions get out of control? fed up or angry, depressed, anxious, and/or frightened? so that it was hard for you to think straight or make sensible choices?

10 S-Substances Assesses the substance use of someone in active addiction
What was your drug of choice? Why did you choose that substance? How much time did you spend thinking about drugs or trying to get your next fix?

11 Situations are not the core of relapse, thinking patterns are – they are the internal dialog that people tell themselves about the situation. Addicts and repeat offenders use a pattern of thinking, a pattern of viewing the world, and a belief system that makes it likely that they will re-offend, continue to use addictive substances or relapse after a period of recovery/sobriety.

12 Discovering Patterns to the Addictive Lifestyle
How to identify these patterns using the LRAES method Identifying these patterns is essential because they are the forces/factors that lead to relapse. How to identify cognitive distortions and thinking errors that contribute to the patterns while assessing LRAES. Example or further explanation

13 cognitive distortions, thinking errors, and pro-offending beliefs
Cognitive distortions – things people say to themselves to give themselves permission to do things they know they really shouldn’t do. Thinking errors – are ways of thinking that are irrational or which tend to mislead us about how the world really is. Pro-offending beliefs – are general beliefs or attitudes that make it more likely to use or re-offend. Cognitive distortions or “twisted thinking” justify pro-offending beliefs, which in turn lead to relapse an addiction. Elaborate on the 10

14 The ten most used forms of twisted thinking identified by Dr
The ten most used forms of twisted thinking identified by Dr. David Burns, a pioneer in CBT. All-or-nothing thinking Overgeneralization Mental Filter Discounting the Positive Jumping to Conclusions Magnification Emotional Reasoning Should Statements Labeling Personalization and Blame

15 Pro-offending beliefs are at the core of the addiction and when replaced with pro-social beliefs individuals begin participating in recovery based thinking. This process requires that the counselor instill hope and enhance the client’s faith in their ability to trust that another belief system will protect them.

16 Working with changing Cognitive Distortions, Thinking Errors, and Pro-offending Beliefs
Cognitive Distortion Assessment Tool (discuss) Psych-Education Group Processing Decision Chain LRAES Assessment Tool

17 Psycho-Education Educate Persons Served how to engage in
Pro-social thinking Corrective Thinking Thought Stopping Self Affirmation

18 Process Group Encourage individuals to: Self Disclose Discovery
New Insight New Perspective

19 Decision Chain Situation Thoughts about the situation
Feelings about the thoughts Response – behavior Evaluate thoughts for patterns of CD’s, TE’s, and POB Change thoughts to reflect more pro-social patterns of thinking

20 Case Study

21 Questions

22 References Borchard, T. (2011). 10 Forms of Twisted Thinking. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2014, from Hobson, J. (1997). Cognitive Distortion Checklist. Unpublished Manuscript. Laudet, Alexandre. What does recovery mean to you? Lessons from the recovery experience for research and practice. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 33, West, Rosa. (2014). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Advanced Tools & Skills. Florida Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program. White, W. (2007). Special Section: Defining and Measuring “Recovery.” Special article Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 33,

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