Kelly E. Green, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Edward's University

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Advising Families and Friends on How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Addiction.

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (12913)

I recently published an article in the Texas Psychologist titled, Advising Families and Friends on How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Addiction. Although it was written for other clinicians, it includes a lot of information that could be helpful for anyone who is faced with this difficult situation. You can access the article here: 

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.texaspsyc.org/resource/collection/9189A1DD-28C9-48D4-9285-8AFC9F0DAE7A/Fall_2016_Texas_Psychologist_Web.pdf


SMART Recovery - A peer support group alternative to AA/NA

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (18554)

I encourage clients to consider the ways that peer support groups in the community can support their recovery efforts. Many people, even those who do not consider themselves spiritual, can benefit from the social support aspects of AA/NA meetings. But for those who don't find 12-step groups helpful, SMART Recovery is a peer support group option that is based on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. SMART Recovery meetings focus on evidence-based strategies to support recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The SMART Recovery website has useful self-help tools as well as links to local and online support groups. 

http://www.smartrecovery.org/


Excellent TED Talk - Johann Hari's "Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong."

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (11237)

I highly recommend this TED talk to families of people struggling with addiction. In this TED Talk, "Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong", Johann Hari discusses varying perspectives on addiction, and highlights some of the inaccuracies about the way addiction and treatment for addiction is presented in the media. 


Here are some excerpts from the talk, but it is worth watching it in its entirety. 


"There was another professor called Peter Cohen in the Netherlands who said, maybe we shouldn't even call it addiction. Maybe we should call it bonding. Human beings have a natural and innate need to bond, and when we're happy and healthy, we'll bond and connect with each other, but if you can't do that, because you're traumatized or isolated or beaten down by life, you will bond with something that will give you some sense of relief. Now, that might be gambling, that might be pornography, that might be cocaine, that might be cannabis, but you will bond and connect with something because that's our nature. That's what we want as human beings."


"And the kind of scripts we're told for how to deal with the addicts in our lives is typified by, I think, the reality show "Intervention," if you guys have ever seen it. I think everything in our lives is defined by reality TV, but that's another TED Talk. If you've ever seen the show "Intervention," it's a pretty simple premise. Get an addict, all the people in their life, gather them together, confront them with what they're doing, and they say, if you don't shape up, we're going to cut you off. So what they do is they take the connection to the addict, and they threaten it, they make it contingent on the addict behaving the way they want..... that approach doesn't work." 


"For 100 years now, we've been singing war songs about addicts. I think all along we should have been singing love songs to them, because the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection."


https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong?language=en


Socialize Sober - A New Austin Resource

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (15909)

A difficult part of recovery from addiction can be finding ways to socialize that don't create urges to use alcohol and drugs. This can be especially difficult in a city like Austin, and until now there really haven't been great resources to help people in recovery find a sober social events. Well that is changing with the creation of Socialize Sober! This website was started by one of my recent graduates from St. Edward's University, and it provides an incredible service to the recovery community. Check it out and contribute your ideas!


http://www.socializesober.com/


Self-Help Resources

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (12133)

There are a lot of useful self-help resources available for individuals in recovery and their families. These resources can be helpful for those who don't want to seek professional services as well as those who are actively engaged in psychotherapy. Here are some of my favorites:


The Center for Motivation and Change in NYC has an excellent blog that addresses many of the common issues faced by individuals in recovery, and their families. http://motivationandchange.com/cmcs-blog-for-individuals-and-families/


Sober Families has a great blog, podcasts, and a 10-part email course that provides useful tips on supporting a loved one in their recovery efforts. http://www.soberfamilies.com


For family members looking for self-help books, Drs. Robert Meyers and Brenda Wolfe have written an excellent book that is based on CRAFT. Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening is available on Amazon and in most bookstores. https://www.amazon.com/Get-Your-Loved-One-Sober/dp/1592850812/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474913480&sr=8-1&keywords=get+your+loved+one+sober" target="_blank">http://https://www.amazon.com/Get-Your-Loved-One-Sober/dp/1592850812/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474913480&sr=8-1&keywords=get+your+loved+one+sober


Another great resource for families is a book written by staff at the Center for Motivation and Change. Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change is available on Amazon and in most bookstores. https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Addiction-Science-Kindness-People/dp/1476709483/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&keywords=beyond%20addiction&qid=1460564563&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=thecentformot-20&linkId=a2bdac21cc79489d6ec7cc4461efa8ea" target="_blank">http://https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Addiction-Science-Kindness-People/dp/1476709483/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&keywords=beyond%20addiction&qid=1460564563&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=thecentformot-20&linkId=a2bdac21cc79489d6ec7cc4461efa8ea



Give an Hour - Free Therapy for Veterans and Their Families

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (9453)

Dr. Green is a proud volunteer provider for the Give an Hour organization, which connects Veterans and their families with mental health providers willing to a limited number of therapy hours for free. For more information, and to find a list of Give an Hour providers who currently have openings for new clients, visit https://www.giveanhour.org/.





CRAFT - Community Reinforcement and Family Training

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (7100)

Dr. Green is one of only a few clinicians in the Austin area to provide Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), which is an evidence-based treatment that helps families to support their loved one’s recovery while protecting their own well-being.

CRAFT is an effective alternative to confrontational “interventions” and Al-Anon, and many families find CRAFT is a better fit for their goals to repair and rebuild relationships with loved ones who are struggling with addiction.

For more information on CRAFT, see http://motivationandchange.com/outpatient-treatment/for-families/craft-overview/ or http://www.hbo.com/addiction/treatment/371_alternative_to_intervention.html.




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