Education and Public Speaking

CBT and Relapse Prevention

Utilizing CBT principles, participants will learn to educate patients on identifying the set-up behaviors and trigger events which set them up for the craving cycle. This cycle happens to all alcoholics and addicts in recovery and always precedes relapse. These two facts inform us that the craving cycle is a dangerous place to be. Specific CBT strategies are provided to participants equipping them to teach patients how to avoid the craving cycle and, thus, minimize relapse potential.

While most counselors help clients identify their relapse triggers, many don’t adequately teach the mechanism by which an event becomes a trigger. Consequently, clients are only taught to deal with triggers by avoiding them. Bob equips counselors to teach patients the mechanism by which an event becomes a trigger and how to recover from them.

Coping with Emotions in Recovery

It is very important for alcoholism and drug abuse counselors to be clear that resolution of issues that lead to uncomfortable emotions is secondary to learning to feel, and even tolerate, emotions. Participants will be equipped with tools to aid patients in utilizing recovery tools to cope with such emotions.

Specific emotions covered are:

Shame: Bob educates on essential tools that can be provided to clients so they can begin “mastering” shame and taming the “Shame Monster.” Along with identifying roots of shame, he addresses the use of treatment groups and outside sober peers to process and challenge shame while gaining support to cope with it.

Self-esteem: Bob defines self-esteem, illustrates its common roots in people’s lives, and describes the tendency to seek positive regard from one’s environment when it is unattainable from within. He then presents proven self-esteem building techniques that counteract this seemingly hard-wired state. Practical application of these techniques is also provided enabling participants to better understand how to effectively teach these tools to clients so they can derive good feelings about themselves from within.

Anger: Learning to cope with anger is vital in recovery. Unprocessed anger, which often leads to resentment, is a leading cause of relapse. Following a brief education on important aspects of anger and resentment, this presentation introduces participants to a variety of practical anger management tools that can be provided to patients. Viewers also learn which of these tools can be used to calm rageful anger, clearing the way to use other tools to process and uncover its true source.

Grief: Using an analysis of Elizabeth Kubler Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief, Bob describes the path from denial to acceptance regarding loss in general, and the loss experienced when addicts must say good-bye to their drug of choice.

Fear: Bob discusses the power of fear that keeps addicts and alcoholics wrapped in their addiction. Tools and methods are presented that can be taught to patients that can be utilized to break the bondage of fear. This talk has the added benefit of teaching participants how to provide hope and guidance for those struggling with the idea of a Higher Power.

Access to Recovery: No Addict Left Behind

According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2009), 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for a drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (9.3 percent of persons aged 12 or older). Of these, only 2.6 million — 11.2 percent of those who needed treatment — received it at a specialty facility. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center’s National Threat Assessment: The Economic Impact of Illicit Drug Use on American Society (2010), when taking crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare into account, it costs our country $600 billion annually. Thus, we have a multi-billion dollar a year issue, only about 10% of those who need help get it, and many who seek it are essentially turned away. Yet, we have free help in the form of 12-step and other self-help programs in most communities. This indicates the need to do more than providing the above referrals by teaching addicts how to utilize such resources so they have a fighting chance. Minimally, it can reduce the consequences caused by continued use while they are moving up the waiting lists.

Participants of this workshop will engage in a discussion of the problem, be given tangible tools and information on alternatives to ineffective referrals for substance abusers, and learn to expeditiously teach the essential components of how to utilize the free community resources.

Ingredients for Recovery

Given the chronicity of addiction and the temporary nature of formal treatment, it is essential that clients learn how to maintain recovery after discharge. Additionally, many people needing treatment are not able to access it and don’t know where to turn. This DVD addresses both of these issues. 
After briefly discussing the disease model and identifying the common symptoms of addiction, Bob provides simple and specific instructions that can be given to patients on how to utilize 12-step programs in building and maintaining long-term recovery. Participants are also given tools to aid their patients in leaping any hurdles of resistance by addressing the common myths and difficulties about utilizing such programs.

Client Engagement and Retention

Drawing from the work of David Mee-Lee, Project Match Research Group, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques, this training highlights the importance developing a therapeutic alliance with clients and teaches specific strategies in developing such. Participants will also be provided specific tools, strategies, and interventions to effect measurable increases in both client engagement (inquiry to admission rates) and retention (completion rates).

 Other trainings include:

Treatment Planning Made Simple

  • Chemical Dependence Group Mechanics
  • Addiction Signs and Symptoms
  • The 12 Steps
  • Necessary Tools for Ethical Dilemmas
  • Stages of Change