I wanted to walk through the resources under the self help tab. The newest addition thanks to Arin is a list of helpful smart phone applications that can be used. Some of these applications are free and others are available at low cost. Arin found applications for many of the popular kinds of phones. I highly recommend the CBT referee for those who may be struggling with negative thoughts. You can journal your thoughts and the referee will challenge those negative thoughts with realisitic positive affirmations that you programmed ahead of time. Also recommended are the various applications on anxiety. Many of these application are valueable at times where support may not be available (i.e. middle of the night).
For those without a smart phone, we have also added links to the AA and NA websites. Both have search capabilities for meetings (both online and in person) and also have the ability for support 24/7. Both sites provide open and closed meetings in a variety of settings (i.e. men only, women only, Gay/Lesbian, military personal, regional, profession specific).
We have also posted three self help manuals. One is developed by David Loveland and Hilary Driscoll at HSC . It focuses on both alcohol and drug use as does the World Health organization manual. Both of these manuals can be helpful if you are struggling with a specific topic related to recovery, or if you are just in the contemplation stage thinking about making a change. The third manual titled Rethinking Drinking is specifically for people who are thinking "Do I have a problem?" It takes you through several exercises to examine your use and how it compares to the national averages. We have also included that information at the bottom of the Self Help page to reference.
The final document under the self help manuals is a guide of what to look for and ask of a treatment provider when researching what type of treatment would meet your needs. I encourage everyone to review that and to ask those questions of your treatment provider to insure that you are receiving the best possible treatment to assist you on your recovery path. Feel free to email us if you see or read something that doesn't make sense or if you would like to know more about these topics. We will continue to add to the resource library as we come accross material. Thanks for checking in!
Update: 2/20- Arin also put up over the weekend links to some excellent smoking cessation programs. Please check these out if you want to know more information about how to quit smoking!
Corey Campbell is a clinician/trainer with the Human Service Center of Peoria, IL. All thoughts on this blog are representative of only Corey and do not reflect the Human Service Center.