Learning and Unlearning
  • The Realities of Substance Use vs. What We've Been Taught to Believe
  • People Do Not Abuse Substances. They Use Them for Meaningful Reasons.
  • Medical Care First
  • Medical Care May Involve Medications
  • I, You, We
  • Pre-Tests
  • Substance Use vs. Substance Use Disorder/Addiction
  • Brain Structures and Functions Involved with Substance Use Disorders
  • Persistence Despite Adverse Consequences
  • Complex Brain Functions Are Interwoven with Brain Automaticity
  • "Substances Don't Cause Addiction. Trauma Does." Precursors to SUDs
  • Setting Goals Along the Abstinence/Harm Reduction Continuum
  • Components of an Evidence-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
  • Sample Template for Setting Goals
Help That Helps
  • Begin with Self-Kindness, not "Tough Love"
  • Let's Think About This Logically
  • Stability Helps
  • Stress and Distress Can Be Destabilizing.
  • Self-Care Helps with Stability
  • Self-Care Helps People Feel Better and Do Better
  • Becoming Aware of Needs and Wants and Ways to Meet Them
  • Ah, So These Are the Cards That Have Been Dealt
  • Identifying Needs, Wants, Strengths and Preferences
Awareness Skills
  • Awareness of Values and Priorities Offers Power and Momentum
  • Summary So Far
  • Awareness Skills Definitions
  • Awareness of Feelings and Thoughts Offers Access to Inner Wisdom
  • Powerful Attention Can Overcome Powerful Environmental Cues
  • The Importance of Attention
  • Acknowledging - Rather Than Judging - Attention
  • Awareness Skill #1: Attention Management
  • Work Attention As a Muscle
  • Work Attention As a Muscle 2
  • Work Attention As a Muscle 3
  • Work Attention As a Muscle 4
  • Using Sensory Experience to Manage Attention
  • Taking a Sensory Tour of One's Surroundings
  • Awareness Skill #2: Awareness of Feelings
  • Having Feelings is Human
  • Helping with Feelings Helps with Thinking
  • Helping with Feelings Helps with Thinking 2
  • Imagining an Inner Volume Dial on Feelings
  • Awareness Skill #3: Awareness of Thoughts
  • The Brain Is a Thought-Making Machine
  • Thought-Sorting
  • Thought-Sorting 2
  • Holding Onto Painful Beliefs
  • 70%+ of People with Substance Use Concerns Have Experienced Trauma
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis and Opposites Can Both Be True
  • Awareness Skill #4: Accessing Inner Wisdom
  • The Guidance of One's Inner Wisdom
  • Awareness Skills Summary: Fill-in-the-Blanks
Putting It All Together
  • What If?
  • Limits of Awareness Skills for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • All Deserve Evidence-Based Treatment
  • Post-Tests
  • Bonus Lecture