Category Archives for Podcast

RIC 006: The American Hologram

The insidious American Hologram, and how it influences recovery.

​Brief Overview of the Episode

​​This episode is mainly about two things: an apology for the long ​gap in these podcasts, and the American Hologram. We all tend to measure ourselves by criteria that aren't even real any longer, and it's universally harmfull, but especially so to those in recover.


​Timeline of the Episode

​Time

​Subject

​1:00

  • ​Overview of episode
  • ​Apology

8:39

  • ​My background and experience in recovery
  • Why I'm doing this

​20:50

  • ​​To change, you have to be wrong about something
  • ​The American Hologram

​31:16

  • ​Wrap-up, acknowledgements 
  • ​Next episode: Recovery Capital

​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.

​​It was a rather cold day, but a good audience.


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Next Episode

​Next time is "Recovery Capital," a concept that is slowly revolutionizing the recovery field.

​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!​​​

RIC 005: Crystallization of Discontent

​Brief Overview of the Episode

​​In this episode I tell the story of the events that precipitated my own decision to quit drinking, and some of the concerns I had. I then suggest a couple of exercises for those still in the contemplation stage of the stages of change.


In this episode I tell the story of the events that precipitated my own decision to quit drinking, and some of the concerns I had. I then suggest a couple of exercises for those still in the contemplation stage of the stages of change.

​Timeline of the Episode

​Time

​Subject

​​2:53

  • ​My own crystallization of discontent
  • ​What precipitated it

​15:20

  • ​​Some motivational exercises
  • ​Hierarchy of Values
  •  Cost/Benefit Analysis

​​27:58

  • ​Wrap-up
  • ​Next Week: Coping With Chaos

​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 is: Coping With Chaos, the first episode that will really look at some specific techniques to deal with the (sometimes insane) times we live in.

​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 ​right. I hope you enjoy it!​​​

RIC 004: Planning For the Change Process

​Brief Overview of the Episode

​​Why should we have to plan for the change process? Why can't we just charge ahead and take things as they come? How do we go about planning for change, what is the process, and how do we decide what specific changes to make?

These are the questions I answer in this brief but important podcast episode. ​In part one I introduce a planning paradigm I call “RAMPS,” that is the first change method that takes into account how we actually learn to change our behavior. In part two, I discuss the Change Plan Worksheet that is the tool used to give us some direction in our change plan.


In part one I introduce a planning paradigm I call “RAMPS,” that is the first change method that takes into account how we actually learn to change our behavior. In part two, I discuss the Change Plan Worksheet that is the tool used to give us some direction in our change plan.

​Timeline of the Episode

​Time

​Subject

​2:40

  • ​​Why we need to plan for change
  • ​How we go about it
  • ​RAMPS

​13:30

  • ​The Change Plan Worksheet

​​21:10

  • ​​Closing
  • ​Next Week: "Crystallization of Discontent"

​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.

​​The author of "Smart Change"


​​An excellent book on the change process


Next Episode

Next week is ​"The Crystallization of Discontent," How we can gain the motivation for change in troubled times - and sustain 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 ​right. I hope you enjoy it!​​​

RIC 003: The Stages of Change

​Brief Overview of the Episode

​​In this episode I discuss the Stages of Change as developed by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente. While not everyone passes through all of the stages, it still provides at least something of a road map to guide us through the recovery process. Briefly, they are:

  1. Precontemplation
  2. Contemplation
  3. Preparation
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance
  6. Termination

To these, I usually add Relapse because although it's not really a "stage" per se, it's certainly common enough to include a discussion of the possibility along with the other stages.

I also refer to a diagram in the free eBook "Thinking Recovery," to discuss choices, and the best (in fact the only) time to make them. This is your life, and it's up to you what you want to do with it.


​Timeline of the Episode

​Time

​Subject

​​2:11

  • ​Overview of episode
  • ​The Stages of Change

​13:00

  • ​​Choices, and when we can make them

​​21:00

  • ​​Closing
  • ​Next week: Planning for Recovery

​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 is ​"Planning for Change." A new planning method suggested by the book "Smart Change" by Art Markman, PhD.

​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!​​​