RIC 002: Why Cognitive Recovery Will Work For You

​Brief Overview of the Episode

​​This episode provides a foundation of how learning, especially addictive learning is accomplished by our brain's neuroplasticity without any direction from us. As we move about our environment, we change over time, we can't help it. We can't help it, but we CAN direct it, and that's what this session is about.


There are two important reasons that I approach self-defeating behaviors from the standpoint of learning:

  1. Understanding that we learn to become addicted is an important key to overcoming it.
  2. We do not recover from addiction chemically, we recover by changing our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and therefore our actions.

Recovery is a learning process, which because of neuroplasticity, works in the same manner as addiction itself, making the whole procedure much easier to explain. At least a cursory overview of the learning process is necessary to understand why cognitive techniques work for many in the recovery process.

Recovery is a learning process, which because of neuroplasticity, works in the same manner as addiction itself, making the whole procedure much easier to explain. At least a cursory overview of the learning process is necessary to understand why cognitive techniques work for many in the recovery process.

​Timeline of the Episode

​Time

​Subject

​1:​20

  • ​Overview of episode
  • ​Who are you?

8:​25

  • ​Neuroplasticity
  • ​How we learn self-defeating behaviors

​​22:16

  • ​75% recover on their own
  • ​Next episode

​Links Mentioned in the Episode

​Link

​Subject

​The leading science-based self-help recovery group in the world, with thousands of face-to-face and online meetings available.

Next Episode

​Next week's episode is titled: "The Stages of Change," and is designed to be a road map to recovery. It begins with an explaination of where and when we can make choices, turns out there's only one place we can do it.

Next week's episode is titled: "The Stages of Change," and is designed to be a roadmap to recovery. It begins with an explaination of where and when we can make choices, turns out there's only one place we can do it.

​I wrote ​Thinking Recovery​ to serve as a companion to this podcast. It contains an overview of the principal cognitive recovery techniques that I explore, and some visual aids to help with understanding.

You can download it for free, simply by clicking on the image to the left. I hope you enjoy it!​​​

About the Author Pete Soderman

Pete is an author, blogger, and podcaster who makes his home in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. His primary interest is in helping others recover from self-defeating behaviors.

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