Workshops

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Facing the Shadow Series

Addiction Cycle

Facing The Shadow is a series of four stand-alone workshops. You can do them in any order without doing the other workshops. Each workshop in the series reinforces and expands on the others. You can choose a single workshop or complete the entire series. These workshops focus on achieving sobriety and deepening recovery. Their focus is to give the tools, strategies, and knowledge necessary to stop unwanted behavior.

These workshops use movie clips to make the concepts easy to understand and entertaining. Some worksheets focus on application to your struggle and work as your notes to take home. Interaction with other participants helps you see the concepts in new ways and is very supportive and encouraging. To sign up for the Facing the Shadow Workshop Series, contact us.

Focuses on the nature of your behaviors that make them so difficult to quit.

  • 10 indicators of addiction
  • Addiction system of thinking and your own addiction cycle of feelings-thoughts-behaviors
  • Keys to your own development that led to the behavior being unstoppable: genetics, role models, family interactions, sex education, sex exposure, physical/emotional/sexual abuse or neglect, high stress, or depression
  • How exposure to online sexuality affects behavior
  • What happens in the brain that leads to ever-increasing intensity or amount of the behavior
  • What works in stopping this behavior
  • How to restore trust in your marriage?

To sign up for the Facing the Shadow 1 workshop, contact us.

Focuses on tools and methods to stop unwanted behavior:

  • Define sobriety objectively without loopholes.
  • Set boundaries that are personal to your sobriety.
  • Take an inventory to determine your own personal sobriety challenges that gives clues to why you have this struggle.
  • 13 essentials to long-term recovery.
  • A detailed review of the behaviors that lead to your breaks in sobriety is used to determine a strategy to avoid or break out of the ritual leading to your acting out.
  • Developing a plan to practice these new skills
  • Identify cravings and address how to resist them
  • Define healthy sexuality
  • Meet the needs in your relationship rather than medicating – as an alternative to medicating with addictive behavior
  • Daily monitoring system to detect and avert relapse

To sign up for the Facing the Shadow 2 workshop, contact us.

Focuses on the changes in the brain that work against stopping the behavior.

  • Neurochemistry of addiction
  • Plan for long-term healing
  • 13 coping strategies for withdrawal symptoms
  • Identifying which of the 4 brain neuropathways is your path to addiction.
  • Strategies for turning the neuropathway from addiction to health
  • An inventory of what leads to your desire to act out helps you discover ways to avoid these triggers, as well as ways to deal with them in healthy ways.

To sign up for the Facing the Shadow 3 workshop, contact us.

Focuses on the roots of addictive behavior and overcoming changes in the brain that work against long-term sobriety.

  • Developing an inventory of escalation points
  • 12 common escalations as clues to our needs
  • Dealing with risk-taking and suppressed anger
  • Relationships between inner most desires and acting out.
  • Support as clue to acting out and pathway to long-term sobriety
  • Using the wisdom of those with long-term sobriety to deepen recovery

To sign up for the Facing the Shadow 4 workshop, contact us.

Recovery Zone Workshop Series

Recovery Zone is a series of four stand-alone workshops that can be done in any order. Each workshop in the series reinforces and expands on the others. You can choose a single workshop or complete the entire series. The Recovery Zone workshops focus on going beyond initial sobriety to achieving a deeper recovery and maintaining long-term sobriety.

The series is designed to help you face the pain, trauma, and shame that drive us to our addiction. By learning to cope with difficult situations and emotions in a healthy way, we can achieve long-term recovery. These workshops use movie clips to make the concepts easy to understand as well as entertaining. Worksheets are provided that focus application to your struggle and work as your notes to take home. Interaction with other participants helps you see the concepts in new ways and is very supportive and encouraging. To sign up for the Recovery Zone Workshop Series, contact us.

Focuses on facing the pain of our past, your recovery coping strengths and weaknesses recovery decision-making, and finding your recovery zone.

  • In the zone – the difference between sobriety and recovery
  • Recovery is the goal, not just sobriety
  • Characteristics of successful recovery decisions
  • Your personal decision-making strengths and weaknesses?
  • Decisions that need to be made to be in recovery
  • Identifying your recovery zone – where you are at your best
  • How past pains affect your ability to deal with stress and fear
  • Addressing resentments from the past that can fuel your behavior if not addressed.
  • Identifying and avoiding the 4 patterns of jeopardy
  • Mapping your fear and stress behaviors and finding your recovery zone with them.

To sign up for the Recovery Zone 1 workshop, contact us.

Focuses on facing your trauma and shame and learning how they have hurt you, their relationship to addiction, “family of origin” impact and negative core messages, and the alternative path toward healing.

  • In the zone – recognizing your recovery zone where you are not hindered by trauma and shame
  • Identifying how the addiction developed
  • Neurochemistry of addiction
  • Exploration of addiction type and how your type copes with trauma and shame
  • Relationship between family roles and expectations and how they affect shame
  • 5 paths into shame vs. 5 paths out of shame
  • Examination of your shame core messages
  • Shame reduction tools

To sign up for the Recovery Zone 2 workshop, contact us.

Focuses on finding my authentic self and facing suffering instead of avoiding it, the 4 types of sorrow and your suffering profile, and a recovery action plan to transform suffering into a higher recovery meaning.

  • In the zone – identifying your recovery zone where you do not avoid suffering, yet are still at your best
  • Paths into and out of shame and discovering which path you are on
  • 4 types of sorrows as they apply to your life
  • Recognizing your patterns for dealing with sorrow
  • Recovery mission of turning sorrow into meaning
  • Developing an action plan to transform suffering into the recovery meaning of your choice

To sign up for the Recovery Zone 3 workshop, contact us.

Focuses on changing addictive thinking to healthy thinking, identifying the shortcuts that take you away from your recovery zone, the 5 core strategies for re-routing back into the zone, and developing a new, healthy mission statement for living in the recovery zone.

  • In the zone – addiction as a means of short cutting the desire to be in the zone
  • Identifying your short-cuts.
  • Five core, healthy strategies to returning to your recovery zone
  • Applying healthy strategies to your recovery
  • Developing a “Who I Am” recovery zone mission statement.
  • Living in the zone – integrating your new mission statement into a recovery zone lifestyle

To sign up for the Recovery Zone 4 workshop, contact us.

Upcoming Workshops:

Workshops in Development

  • The Body Bears the Burden: The Crossroads of Partner Betrayal Trauma and Physical Health (January 14, 2023)
  • Partner Betrayal Trauma: Finding Your Path to Empowerment
  • Intimacy Anorexia Series: His, Hers and Our IA Healing
  • Preparing for Full Disclosure Series: Re-establishing a Foundation of Truth
  • Reclaiming the Self: Recipe for Life Balance (Cultivating Worth and Silencing the Inner Critic; Getting Boundarified; Keeping it Real; What Do I Need?; Nurturing Balance)
  • Cultivating Worth and Silencing the Inner Critic
  • The Body Keeps Score
  • Getting Boundarified: Empowering Yourself with Embodied Boundaries
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