Monday, March 23, 2015

At Out Patient Drug Program Learning a Lot

Hello!  I am currently at my out patient treatment program.  I've been coming here for about a month or more and I'm really learning a lot.  We have groups and they give us bus tokens so we can get on the bus to get here every day.

I've been coming here 2 or 3 times a week, but I think I may start coming every day.  Or at least four times a week.  We just had a great class on Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  We learned to let go of the 'all or nothing' way of thinking which is common to drug addicts.

Instead of thinking 'all or nothing' we can look at an issue from different points of view.  DBT also teaches us that it's okay to have two separate competing thoughts.  For example, if a friend invites us to a party but we're not comfortable around new people we may have competing thoughts such as, 'I'd rather stay home in my comfort zone' and 'I really want to go to this party to have some fun'.  Using DBT in this instance can lead us to compromise.  We can decide to go to the party for only one hour then go back home to our comfort zone.

The counselors here are very good.  Most of them anyway.  There is one that talks about things that aren't related to recovery.  He talks about whatever comes to his mind just to pass an hour.  Last week we talked about the war in Vietnam.

At any rate, I'm glad I'm here and I'm glad I'm sober today.

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