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Sat Dec 31, 2011, 02:35 PM

A request for help from DU's Recovery Community...

Kind DU friends in the recovery community-- could you spare a few moments of your time to rate and review some short animated videos (we're calling them "Rehab Soundbytes" ) about treatment- and counseling-related topics?

Their purpose:
Sometime in January (cross fingers) my esposo and I are finally going to go live with our Recovery Systems Institute website. The purpose of the website is to provide information and resources for three audiences that will (we hope) help them make treatment work better. The audiences are addicts/alcoholics and their families; counselors and treatment professionals; and people who design and operate rehab programs.

These little animated videos will be included on resource pages that relate to various topics (like "abstinence" or "incentives" ) in order to add a little impact and provide some comic relief. Anyone who's ever experienced rehab --as a client, a counselor, or a family member-- should be able to relate.

One of the videos, "Drinker's Dilemma," is here:



There are four more on our YouTube channel, here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RecoverySI?feature=mhee

They're called "Vintage Resentment," "Determined Mom," "Cookie Power," and "Everything But Abstinence."

If you could VERY kindly watch one or two of them, and then reply to this post with your comments, responses, opinions, etc., it would be of enormous help to me!

We are really hoping that our site, which is not linked to any treatment program, institution, corporation, nonprofit, etc., will become a valuable resource. Making it readable and interesting is a key part of that. Having these little vignettes sprinkled among the more informational resources is a way of (we hope) achieving that. But really need a little feedback to help us identify if we're on the right track.

Your time is MUCH appreciated!

hopefully,
Bright

on edit: unwanted smileys removed

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Reply A request for help from DU's Recovery Community... (Original post)
TygrBright Dec 2011 OP
demosincebirth Dec 2011 #1
TygrBright Dec 2011 #2
oldhippydude Jan 2012 #3
NMDemDist2 Jan 2012 #4
TygrBright Jan 2012 #5
cordelia Jan 2012 #6
cally Jan 2012 #7

Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 05:48 PM

1. Asking that stupid question about being lost in the desert after not drinking for 10 years tells me

he doesn't have a reliable (living sober) program like AA. I know that's not what you wanted to hear.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:38 PM

2. On the contrary, it's exactly what I wanted to hear!

Since the scenario is a client in a rehab program, newly attempting sobriety, that's just the kind of stupid question that gets asked.

So, you "get it," which is what I was hoping to hear, thank you!

appreciatively,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 03:46 PM

3. sounds to me like

our new friend is going to great lengths, to justify his percieved reaction.. of course that's classical denial.. perhaps a gentle nudge to reality, funny how a newly detoxed brain is like a sponge.. (i still remeber my first month 32 years later).. and i obviosly totaly agree with your other poster.. nobody understands an alki like another alki..

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 12:15 AM

4. reply so i can find this tomorrow

when i've had some rest and....

to wish you both Happy New Year!!!!!

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 03:39 PM

5. Thanks and Happy New Year to you, too! n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 07:23 PM

6. I'd like to comment on "Abstinence" if I may.

That was pretty much me when I made my first attempt at sobriety.

Funny the term "credits" is used. I used to give myself "credits", and used that word, for reading the literature, seeing my therapist, going to meetings, and on and on. But those credits added up to pathetic excuses to continue to drink.

For me, the final admission that I couldn't stop has been the only solution that's worked for me thus far.

I am very, very interested in the success of RSI. I wish you well in this important endeavor.

Happy New Year.



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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2012, 07:26 PM

7. What worked for me and continues to work

is just don't drink today. To try to quit drinking forever was too much for me to commit to but to not drink today I could agree to. I couldn't face the idea of never drinking again. I would try to argue with my sponsor about drinking at my child's wedding one day in the future or some other special occasion and I was told to just not drink today The point was to just focus on one day at a time.

I would like that added to the video. Otherwise, I enjoyed it.

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