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Women in Recovery\nDefining your Relationship w Drugs\n- Ariel Chrisopher

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quiet time
Quiet Time
  • Sit quietly for a minute or two, and focus on where we are now.
today s agenda
Today’s Agenda
  • Quiet Time
  • Check- in
  • Exploring personal relationship with substances
  • What does a healthy relationship with a substance look like?
  • The Continuum - What does an unhealthy relationship with substance look like?
  • Where is YOUR line? – discussion
check in
Check-in
  • Name
  • Feeling
  • Last use
  • 12-step meetings? What happened?
  • Who attended a meeting?
  • If you did not attend a meeting
    • • Did you think about it?
    • • What prevented your attendance?
    • • What can you do differently this week?
  • Success with last week’s recovery tool? (binders)
session goals
Session Goals
  • To understand that our relationships with alcohol and other drugs progress along a continuum.
  • To personalize and classify our own relationships with various substances
four characteristics

…FourCharacteristics

of a Healthy

Relationship with a Drug

characteristics of a healthy relationship
Characteristics of aHealthy Relationship
  • Knowledge
  • Benefits
  • No negative “side effects”
  • Freedom to choose
knowledge
Knowledge?
  • Recognition that the substance you are using is a drug and awareness of what it does to your body
  • Examples of drugs that people don’t realize they are using
  • Read info from pharmacy?
benefits
Benefits?
  • Experience of a useful effect
  • of the drug over time.
why people use drugs possible useful e ffects
Why People Use Drugs Possible Useful Effects
  • To treat disease
  • To alter moods
  • To escape boredom and despair
  • To promote and enhance social interaction
  • To enhance sensory experience and pleasure
  • To stimulate artistic creativity and performance
  • To improve physical performance
  • To rebel
  • To go along with peer pressure
  • To aid religious practices
  • To explore the self
  • To establish an identity
side effects
SideEffects?
  • Freedom from adverse effects on health or behavior

Possible effects

  • Uncertainty of Dose and Quality
  • Mixing Drugs
  • Medical Problems
    • • Acute problems (i.e. overdosing & allergic reactions; injuries)
    • • Chronic problems (i.e. irritate & damage body systems; lifestyle can influence self-care like diet, sleep, hygiene & exercise)
  • • Pregnancy complications
  • • Misdiagnoses due to drugs changing or masking symptoms
  • • Drug induced/aggravated psychiatric disorders
possible side effects
Possible Side Effects
  • Social and Behavioral Problems
    • Relational
    • Altered Inhibitions
    • Diminished Ability to Process Social Cues
    • Distortion of Emotional Experience
    • Family
    • Employment
    • School
  • • Life Threatening Social Situations
    • Developmental Problems
    • Impaired mental development
    • Impaired emotional development
    • Impaired physical development
  • Legal Problems
    • DWI
    • Assault & Domestic Violence
    • Possession & Distribution
  • Dependency & Addiction
    • Physiological
    • Psychological
  • Limits Personal Freedom!
freedom
Freedom?
  • Ease of separation from the use of the drug.
  • Withdrawal
    • • Psychological or Physical
    • • The Substitution Syndrome
  • Tolerance

• More of the same drug for benefit

• Stronger drug for benefit

personalizing discussion
Personalizing Discussion
  • Where are you in your relationship with your drug of choice?
  • If you think you are still on a two-way street, does your relationship meet all our criteria of a healthy relationship?
  • Have you passed the point of no return?
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