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The wellness recovery connection

The Wellness- Recovery Connection

Practical Applications For Addictions Professionals

John Newport, Ph.D.

John Newport, Ph.D., Wellness and Recovery Associates


Importance of wellness to recovery

Importance of Wellness to Recovery

John Newport, Ph.D., Wellness and Recovery Associates


The wellness recovery connection

Wellness Defined:Wellness can be defined as the dynamic process of taking charge of your health and programming yourself to attain optimal health and well-being.

  • You are in the driver’s seat.

  • You set your goals and priorities, design and implement your wellness program, and determine how far you want to go!

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The wellness recovery connection

  • Wellness entails optimizing our physical health and MORE –

  • Striving for SELF ACTUALIZATION, while making recovery FUN!

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Why wellness is essential to recovery

Why Wellness is Essential to Recovery

  • Repairing damage to mind and body

  • Safeguarding against relapse

  • Replacing negative behavior and anchoring clients in their recovery

  • Promoting quality sobriety – and helping clients ADD DECADES to their life expectancies!

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Positive vs negative addiction glasser

Positive vs. Negative Addiction (Glasser)

  • Negative Addictions – ingrained self-destructive behaviors that foster unhealthy dependencies and decreased self-esteem

  • Positive Addictions – recurring behaviors that contribute to improved quality of life, heightened self-esteem and independence

  • Examples: Exercise, yoga or meditation, hobbies, any challenging activity

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Wellness and recovery recent historical context

Wellness and Recovery: Recent Historical Context

  • Escalating Health Care Costs

  • Paradox of high levels of health awareness – and “disconnect” in health-related behaviors

  • Decreasing resources for chemical dependency treatment

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The wellness recovery connection

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Wellness recovery connection in preventing relapse

Wellness – Recovery Connection in Preventing Relapse

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Wellness recovery connection in preventing relapse relevant research

Wellness- Recovery Connection in Preventing Relapse: Relevant Research

  • Physical Exercise: (Sinyor) Canadian study of 58 alcoholics completing primary treatment with intensive physical conditioning component.

  • Findings: At 3 months following completion of treatment, 69% of subjects in fitness group remained abstinent, compared with 39% of control group subjects.

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Wellness and relapse prevention author s research

Wellness and Relapse Prevention – Author’s Research

  • Study Focus:2 groups of subjects completing residential treatment

  • Successful recovery and relapse groups (25 each)

  • All subjects completed 24-item Wellness Lifestyle Assessment Questionnaire (Maximum Score = 90)

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Highlights study findings

Highlights – Study Findings

  • Mean Wellness Index Scores:

    Recovery Group54.8

    Relapse Group39.1

  • Significant differences registered for virtually all component items

  • Meeting Attendance: 88% of subjects in Recovery Group attended weekly 12-Step meetings, compared with only 36% of subjects in Relapse Group

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Ramifications of available research findings

Ramifications of Available Research Findings:

  • There appears to be a definite and positive association between actively pursuing a wellness-oriented lifestyle and reduced likelihood of relapse – AND –

  • Available evidence suggests that following a wellness lifestyle goes hand in hand with working one’s recovery program.

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Summary how a wellness lifestyle can help prevent relapse

Summary: How A Wellness Lifestyle Can Help Prevent Relapse

  • Helps anchor clients in their recovery, reinforcing their commitment to clean and sober living.

  • Helps safeguard against relapse during early recovery – when mind and body are most vulnerable.

  • Fosters resiliency needed to deal with life’s ups and downs, without having to turn to drugs.

  • Sound Nutrition strengthens mind and body – AND combats biochemical triggers associated with relapse (excessive sugar, caffeine, etc.).

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More basic wellness concepts

More Basic WellnessConcepts

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The wellness recovery connection

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The wellness recovery connection

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Your clients have a choice

Your Clients Have a CHOICE

  • Addiction vs. Recovery

  • Quality of Recovery – Carrying a toxic lifestyle into their recovery – OR Reaping the benefits associated with High Level Wellness (Wellness – Illness Continuum)

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In coaching clients to adopt a healthy lifestyle

In coaching clients to adopt a healthy lifestyle –

Transitioning

is the Key!

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The wellness recovery connection

More on Exercise, Nutrition and Combating Nicotine

Addiction

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Benefits of exercise in recovery

Benefits of Exercise in Recovery

  • Superb overall health benefits – Best “health insurance” you can give yourself!

  • Produces Endorphins – which help combat depression and anxiety

  • A “positive addiction” that helps ground clients in their recovery

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Benefits of exercise cont

Benefits of Exercise (Cont.)

  • KEY: Encourage clients to embrace a core exercise they can learn to ENJOY

  • EXERCISE BREAK

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Nutritional hazards of alcoholism and drug addiction include

Nutritional Hazards of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction include:

  • Disruption of appetite and displacement of nutritious foods

  • Alcohol’s toxic effects on the body

  • Heavy drinking linked to excess consumption of high-fat foods

  • Disruption of body’s blood sugar balance: The Alcohol-Sugar Connection

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Nutritional foundation for recovery

Nutritional Foundation for Recovery

  • Get the basics down – “3 + 3”

  • Emphasize nutritious whole foods (see Mediterranean Diet Pyramid)

  • De-emphasize high fat foods, and go easy on sugar and caffeine

  • Support your clients in transitioning to a healthy diet

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Weight management problems try creative accounting enron style

Weight Management Problems? –Try “Creative Accounting” (Enron – Style)

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The wellness recovery connection

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The wellness recovery connection

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The wellness recovery connection

Summary: Sound Nutrition and Regular Exercise are KEY CORNERSTONES of lasting recovery!

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Alcoholism and nicotine as co addictions

Alcoholism and Nicotine as Co-Addictions

  • Cigarette smoking is LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH for people in recovery!

  • Between 80-95 percent of Alcoholics smoke cigarettes – and 70 percent are heavy smokers

  • Many alcoholics/addicts carry their Nicotine Addiction with them into recovery, although the majority report that they would like to quit!

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Sobering facts

Sobering Facts!

  • Alcoholics and addicts who continue smoking are up to 8 times more likely to relapse to drinking and drug use.

    Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse

  • Both co-founders of AA died from tobacco-related causes

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Conquering nicotine addiction

Conquering Nicotine Addiction

  • Be proactive – Meet clients at their “stage of readiness”

  • Toll-Free Nicotine Cessation Help Lines

    WA: 1-877-270-STOP

  • Nicotine Anonymous and other group support programs (ACS, ALA, etc.)

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Conquering nicotine addiction continued

Conquering Nicotine Addiction (Continued)

  • Medical Support: Motivating clients to quit, and monitoring Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

  • Don’t be discouraged by temporary weight gain.

  • Slips and Relapses: “Slips” are not uncommon. Average smoker quits 5 times before quitting for good!

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Other key dimensions of wellness and recovery

Other Key Dimensions of Wellness and Recovery:

  • Stress Management: Meditation/Relaxation Rituals, the Serenity Prayer as a stress mgmt tool (Break for BREATHING EXERCISE)

  • Central Purpose, Spirituality and Life Satisfaction: Focus on QUALITY OF LIFE – in addition to promoting optimal health status.

  • People having FUN in recovery are more likely to stay clean and sober!

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The wellness recovery connection

Action Planning for Wellness

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Action planning for wellness helping your clients

Action Planning for Wellness –Helping Your Clients…

  • Identify their own Long Range Wellness Goals and Short Range Objectives

  • Link appropriate action steps with each objective

  • Follow through, monitor their progress and set new goals

  • KEY: Like Recovery, Wellness is a lifelong process of continuing growth!

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The wellness recovery connection

Practical

Applications of Wellness and Recovery Principles

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Applying wellness principles in co occurring disorders

Applying Wellness Principles in Co-Occurring Disorders

  • Nutrition: Optimal nutrition helps strengthen neurotransmitters, promoting a more favorable brain chemistry balance

  • Curbing excessive sugar and caffeine consumption helps stabilize mood swings

  • Exercise: Helps combat depression and anxiety via endorphin production AND increased self-esteem

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Wellness applications in co occurring disorders cont

Wellness Applications in Co-Occurring Disorders (Cont.)

  • Meditation: Helps promote positive mental-emotional equilibrium, and may reduce need for psychotropic medication

  • Pursuing One’s Central Purpose: ALL clients need to be actively encouraged to develop their potential to the fullest!

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Practical applications of wellness and recovery in primary treatment

Practical Applications of Wellness and Recovery in Primary Treatment

  • “Planting the seeds”

  • Introduce basic concepts of nutrition and fitness in recovery, stress management, etc.

  • Emphasize importance of a wellness lifestyle in PREVENTING RELAPSE

  • Highlight hazards of tobacco use – Offer Smoking Cessation for clients who are ready!

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Applications in continuing care

Applications in Continuing Care

  • Support clients’ grounding in recovery via wellness lifestyle programming

  • Monitor clients’ dietary practices and participation in physical exercise

  • Provide active support in stress management, and pursuing optimal personal fulfillment

  • Actively confront Nicotine Addiction issues

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Integrating wellness principles into core program components

Integrating Wellness Principles into Core Program Components

  • Group sessions focusing on key components of wellness in recovery

  • Integrate “wellness sound bites” into individual counseling sessions

  • Wellness and recovery homework assignments

  • Referrals to community resources

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The therapist s role as wellness coach

The Therapist’s Role as Wellness Coach

  • Position yourself as a role model in areas where you have something concrete to offer

  • Wellness homework assignments – Contracts to initiate change, Support in Transitioning

  • Referrals to community resources for Fitness, Nutrition/Weight Loss, Smoking Cessation, etc.

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Bringing added value to your programs

Bringing ADDED VALUE to Your Programs

  • Staff Development – Supporting wellness interventions for “at risk” staff

  • Combating Burn-Out in a highly stressful field

  • Strengthening your program’s Relapse Prevention emphasis

  • Promoting quality sobriety, improved health status outcomes and reduced HC costs

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Resources for wellness and recovery

Resources for Wellness and Recovery

  • Website: www.wellnessandrecovery.com

  • Book: “The Wellness-Recovery Connection: Charting Your Pathway to Optimal Health While Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction”. (Volume discounts available)

  • Counselor Magazine, Steps for Recovery

  • Talks, Workshops and Consulting Services for Treatment Programs - focusing on Wellness and Recovery

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To your health

To your health!!!

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