Archives for March 2012

3rd Path to Emotional Sanity

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An old saying is that we humans are “creatures of habit.” We develop behavior patterns as an ordinary, basic skill of being human. Some behaviors helped us survive in the past – but get in the way of progress now. When the consequences lead to disappointment, it helps to have reinforcement for the changes you want to make. In this episode, host Michael Anne Conley offers the third of Four Paths to Emotional Sanity, which is to be honest with yourself and others. This episode includes experiential exercises.

2nd Path to Emotional Sanity

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We human beings are social animals, and no matter how isolated you may feel in the moment, your connection with others is one of the most life affirming experiences you can give yourself. When you’re facing a transition, it helps to have reinforcement for the changes you want to make. This is especially true when life hands  us situations that distract us from our goals. In this episode host Michael Anne Conley offers the second of Four Paths to Emotional Sanity, which offer reinforcement to help you stay steady even when life isn’t. This episode includes experiential exercises.

Three Ways to Help The Problem Drinker in Your Life

By Michael Anne Conley, LMFT

We’ve all heard that you can’t change others, but you can change yourself. This is never truer than when people you care about drink more alcohol than is healthy for them or for you. Here are some things to consider about your situation.

1. Educate Yourself

Most people drink at one time or other in life, so how can you know whether someone has a problem or not? Here are just a few experiences that can occur when people have a drinking problem:

• They plan their social lives around drinking or even drink before attending social events.
• Once they start drinking, they don’t stick with their intention to stop after just “one or two.”
• You wonder if they’ll follow through with agreements they’ve made with you.
• You or someone else has suggested they cut back.
• Even though they’ve had an embarrassing social incident or some other consequence related to  drinking (like a DUI or job loss), they continue drinking.
• They’ve lost work time due to drinking.
• They express remorse, but don’t keep their promises to cut back.
• You remember more about what happened last night than they do.

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1st Path to Emotional Sanity

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In the process of changing ourselves, we all need reinforcement, especially on days when the pressures of life create situations or distractions that tempt us away from our goals. In this show host Michael Anne Conley offers the first episodes about the Four Paths to Emotional Sanity, which offer reinforcement to help you stay steady even when life isn’t. This episode includes experiential exercises.

Cocaine, women & stress

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In this podcast, host Michael Anne Conley reveals the benefit of stress-reduction strategies for women who are dealing with substance addictions, especially for cocaine, but even for other problems. This episode includes experiential exercises to help listeners reduce stress.