Guest blog post by: Denise Lima-Laskiewicz, ADC/EDU, ICRmT
When an individual moves into a clinical setting his/her self-esteem declines. The individual believes that he/she can no longer contribute productively to society. There is a therapeutic modality that professionals can use to increase the residents/clients self-esteem. Remotivation therapy that is a structured five step program designed for the clients/residents optimal success. Each step is important in the process from beginning to end. Each step provides its own benefit where the client/resident can participate in the activity.
In Step 3 which is called “Sharing the World in Which We Live” the individuals are asked questions that are related to the everyday world. The questions are asked in the format of why, where, what, when and how. The questions that are asked by the facilitator are related to the topic at hand. The residents/ clients explore a topic that each of them have in common. Each one had his/her own experience associated with the topic. Sharing the world in Which We live provides the opportunity for each one to share their experience in a non-judgmental environment. The clients feel like they belong which enhances their self-esteem. The reason that these questions are asked is because all of us have experienced situations like this. The experiences that each of us have about the topic at hand are different but common. For example, if the topic was about an automobile; all of us have had some type of experience with an automobile. Some examples are driving a vehicle, owning a vehicle, or simply enjoyed looking at them.
Step 3 provides an opportunity for people in the group to share ideas with others. In this step the topic is explored in more detail. The facilitator can use props such as three-dimensional objects and /or pictures to demonstrate the topic. The three-dimensional object can only enhance the session because it is a tangible connection to the object. The clients and/or residents can handle the object to see it clearly. However, when passing an object around the Remotivation Therapist needs to take in consideration several factors when the program is conducted. These factors are listed below.
- Damage to the object
- Maintain control over the process
- Time for examination
The pictures and three dimensional objects will assist during the third step because it will help to keep the conversation flowing.
The questions that can be asked about the automobiles in this step can be the following.
- Have you driven an automobile?
- Have you ridden in an automobile?
- Who did you travel in the car with?
- What type of car did you own?
- What is your favorite type of car
- What color was your car?
Another idea that one can use as three dimensional objects is car models. The session would progress into a discussion about vehicles.
In Step 3, “Sharing the World in Which We Live”, the clients/residents share something in common. Each one voices his/her own thoughts thereby contributing to the session. The residents realize that there ideas are valued which promotes socialization. The individuals will want to participate more because each one of them feels important.
For more information see www.remotivation.com
Do you provide life skills training? I’ve provided teens with educational training on how to balance a checkbook and have a budget. Some of the teens in the residential program also have a small budget and they get real life practice. I’m sharing this article from Constance Ray (@Recoverywell.org) because I thought it could be helpful.
How Recovering Addicts Can Rebuild Credit and Get Back on Track Financially
Submitted by: Constance Ray (Recoverywell.org)
Photo courtesy of Pixabay by nattanan23
If you’re working towards a healthier, happier life through addiction recovery, you’ve probably been attending recovery meetings to heal your addiction. You might see a therapist to heal your relationships. Perhaps you’ve even attended churches to heal your spirit. But what about your finances?
After entering addiction recovery, many people wonder how to get back on their feet financially. To keep money from creating additional stress while you’re overcoming addiction, here are some tips for getting your finances in order.
Rebuilding your credit is a good place to start. Your first step should be to check your credit report. Many sites offer this service online for free. Credit scores range from 300 to 850. Higher is better.
You’ll also want to take a look at your free credit report to see if there are any outstanding debts that have been turned over to collections. If so, come up with a repayment plan.
Try not to get overwhelmed, even if you have a mountain of debt. You might consider one of the following methods for debt relief:
- Consolidation. Debt consolidation involves taking out one large loan, which allows you to pay off your debts in a lump sum payment each month. While debt consolidation can end the annoying collection calls and make debt repayment more manageable, it is important to do your research. Sometimes, debt consolidation is a bad idea and there are many predatory companies out there selling harmful scams. Do the math, know your interest rates, and speak to a financial advisor before consolidating debts.
- Snowball Method. Another option is to take the snowball approach by paying off your debts in order from smallest to largest. As you pay down each debt, your confidence (and your leftover money) will increase, empowering you to pay off additional debts.
- Debt Avalanche Method. Unlike the snowball method, which advises paying off your smallest debts first, the debt avalanche method advises paying off the debts with the highest interest rates first. This saves you money in the long-term, although this debt relief method takes patience and dedication.
In order to repay your debts, you’ll need a steady source of income. If you’re not already employed, this means it’s time to start looking for a job.
If your work history is spotty or if you don’t feel ready for the stress of a full-time job, just take things slow. You might be able to start with part-time or seasonal work to keep stress levels at a minimum. You can always increase your hours down the road whenever you’re ready.
Next, consider your spending habits. Some people try a drug multiple times and never get addicted; others can try it once and become hooked. The same is true with our spending habits. If you put everything on your credit card, don’t budget, pay your bills late, and purchase items you can’t afford, it’s time to get your spending under control.
If this is too overwhelming to do on your own, consider hiring a professional to help you get your finances in order. Many addiction recovery programs offer financial advice to help you get started.
If your recovery program doesn’t include financial services, you can still hire someone to assist you. A few examples might include a certified accountant, a certified financial planner, or a daily money manager.
Try to avoid debt relief scams by only working with highly rated, well-reviewed individuals and reputable organizations. When in doubt, ask a trusted friend, sponsor, or loved one if they have recommendations for professionals you might contact.
Climbing out of addiction (and debt) can be scary, but doing it can be one of the most empowering and transformational decisions you’ll ever make. As you continue rebuilding your finances, you’ll do so with the knowledge that you’re working to create a bright, abundant, and addiction-free future.
I just read an interesting article about the recreational therapy students from Temple University who went to see their Congressman G.T. Thompson (who is the only CTRS) in Congress. G.T. formerly served as an ATRA president too.
Tuesday is election day!
It is important for recreational therapists to get out there and vote.
Sometimes there are bills in congress that could have a major impact on recreational therapists if they were passed.
Our national association, ATRA provides us Rec Therapists with action alerts when these bills are presented.
And I’m always grateful for the work Thomas Skalko has done for public policy.
I believe it was Thom who informed me during an ATRA training that votes have a “score card.” It doesn’t tell who you voted for. It does give a score of how often you vote. The more a person votes the higher their score.
In the future – there will be bills presented in Congress that will impact health care and recreational therapy.
Recreational therapists will get the action alert to contact their representative to get their support.
However, what if you’re not a voter? Your voice might not count. The representative might not take your concerns serious because you’re not even going to get out there and vote regardless of her (or his) decision and action as your representative.
So – go vote.
It’s time to vote. And when it’s time to earn CEUs – remember Danny Pettry’s Rec Therapy CEUs because it is helpful and convenient to use. go here: http://www.DannyPettry.com
Guest blog submitted by: Constance Ray
“Although substance use disorder has touched many parts of my life, my disease does
not define me. I am a husband, married for 23 years, a dad to a teenage girl. I am also
a son and a brother, a business owner, employee, an artist and a taxpaying voter.”
– David Cote, Recovery Survivor
Substance abuse doesn’t pick favorites, and addiction knows no bounds. It doesn’t care if you’re white, black, male, female, rich or poor. Addiction can grab anyone, anywhere.
Consider the chipper investment banker or the perky soccer mom with two children. Neither fit the stereotype of an addict, but plenty of people living those same lives also live under the cloud of addiction. There are millions of people who say, “That will never be me,” but life has a way of throwing us curveballs.
But no matter who we are, if addiction wraps its icy grip around our lives, there is hope for a better future. Rickey and Bev are just two such examples.
Rickey spent 14 years as a youth pastor. Married with children, Rickey was living a normal life. A series of surgeries left Rickey regularly using prescription medication. At first, the pills helped, but after awhile, he found himself needing more and more.
Rickey’s doctor would only prescribe so many doses, so he started doctor shopping and visiting pain clinics. When those wells ran dry, Rickey began asking friends for medication. Gradually, he started lying and stealing, and his personality changed. When he looked in the mirror, he didn’t recognize himself. The stealing escalated, and Rickey found himself in jail for a year, giving him plenty of time to think. It didn’t take long to realize he had lost the real Rickey.
Luckily, he was furloughed into a rehabilitation facility, and from that point on, life took a turn.
“I’ll never forget the night that I went to [rehab] … I’ll never forget how I felt. I had an open mind and an open heart. I knew I had to give it 100 percent — and I was ready for it. I was ready for my life to change, and I was ready to get my life back to the freedom I once had,” Rickey said.
He threw himself into recovery and reclaimed his life. Twelve years sober, Rickey has returned to work in the church and repaired relationships with his family. And while it’s almost like it never happened, the memories and the experience will always be there.
Asked what keeps him going, Rickey said, “I’ve always heard, ‘Once an addict, always an addict.’ It’s just not true. I no longer have a desire for drugs. I get better enjoyment out of life: I laugh, I’m thankful, I found out who I am in Christ. I learned how to help others; instead of being judgmental, now I know why they can’t quit.”
A Christian, stay-at-home mother of four, Bev never expected to find herself addicted to drugs.
Gastric bypass surgery, in addition to several other surgeries, left Bev in pain and needing prescription medication. Her doctors continued to prescribe large amounts of heavy narcotics, which left Bev using more and more. Once her doctor was arrested and no longer able to prescribe, Bev was scrambling to feed her addiction. She found herself buying pills on the street and spending thousands of dollars each week to feed her habit.
“Every time I went to the ATM for money to buy the pills, I would tell myself, ‘I’m not doing this tomorrow; I’m not taking 10 pills tomorrow.’ I would try to figure out how I was going to pay for my daughters’ cheerleading and still get my pills,” Bev recalled.
Desperate and ashamed, Bev finally turned to her husband and told him everything. It was the first step in her journey toward healing. A few days later, she checked into a recovery facility.
Two years later, Bev is sober, rebuilding relationships, and has reclaimed her life.
“Before I got treatment, I was a mom first and a wife. I didn’t know who I was or where my identity had gone. But, when I went to [rehabilitation], I was Bev. I was able to focus on me and who I was and who I wanted to become,” she said.
These heartfelt stories show that you can never tell who will be touched by addiction; it has a way of sneaking into anyone’s life. On the flipside, it also shows that if anyone can be touched by addiction, anyone can beat addiction. If Rickey or Bev’s stories strike a chord with you, remember how they ended — they won their battles, and so can you.