Saturday, October 27, 2012

Six Steps For Getting Lasting Recovery

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By Saleem Rana

Monday, Oct 8, 2012

Interview by Lon Woodbury

Tom Kimbal, co-author of the recovery book, "Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery" was interviewed by Lon Woodbury on L.A. Talk Radio. During the interview, he shared his vision of assisting individuals, families, health care professionals and others involved in the recovery field with his six-step program.

About The Guest

Tom Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT, is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University and the Associate Managing Director for the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery. He also maintains a private therapy practice and makes presentations about his approach to recovery to various mental health organizations. "Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery" was written with Sterling Shumway, Ph.D.

Exactly What Are The Six Essential Steps To Recovery?

Tom clarified that the six basics covered the steps somebody in recovery needs to observe to accomplish lasting recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Getting clean or sober is just the start, and it was just one step in the work necessary to put a life back together again. The real work lies in remaining clean or sober. In the course of the interview, Tom illustrated the six steps to recovery and elucidated how they were the necessary keys for lasting change.

The first step was hope. Someone in recovery, as well as his or her family, needed to believe that it was possible to stay clean.

The second action step was developing healthy behavior and balanced coping skills. Addicts and alcoholics needed to learn the best ways to handle life's challenges without turning to the comfort of substance abuse to feel better.

The third step was gaining back a feeling of identity. A person in recovery needed to begin feeling higher self-esteem and quit feeling incessant guilt.

The fourth step was gaining back a feeling of making concrete achievements.

The fifth action step was learning ways to be in a meaningful, healthy and balanced relationship with family and spouse.

Lastly, the sixth step was reclamation of agency, which started by believing that life offered options and that it was quite feasible to decide on the next best thing to do.

The origination of this six-step process arose from extensive academic and field research. After Tom and his co-author asked themselves a question about the characteristics of people in long-term recovery, they sought the answers by researching the mental health literature, speaking to addicts and alcoholics, interviewing their families, and asking the mental health professionals who worked with them.

The interview focused on each of the steps in detail and how following the steps proved a valuable map to recovery.

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