With addiction, pleasure and enjoyment become deeply linked with the drug or behavior of choice. Once a client stops the behavior they often feel that “something is missing,” or that they do not know how to enjoy life to the fullest. I’d like to share some of my approaches to working with the “discovery” phase of recovery because I think that they can help anyone live a more enjoyable and creative life.
In mental health, we often use a 3-phase conceptualization of healing which was first developed in the 1800’s by Dr. Pierre Janet in reference to trauma healing. I believe that this model works well in regards to addiction, self-destructive behavior, trauma, and difficult experiences in general. The phases are…
Inspired by Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way, I help clients explore these important questions:
Once we start spending our days in ways that we truly value and enjoy, we become much happier and more fulfilled.
I’ll share the two exercises I typically give our clients (adapted from The Artist’s Way). Give them a try and see what you discover!
I find that while these exercises focus on the “discovery” phase of recovery, they are also helpful for people focusing on the first and second stages. It’s not uncommon that I’ll give the exercises to someone who has been feeling really stressed and awful, then they come in the next week and everything is going much much better… the magic of self-care!