Greetings and welcome to my web site. My name is Grier Cundill, and my intention for this site is to offer a message for both hope and change.
Within these pages, you will find information and links to information mostly pertaining to the nature of addiction, to the nature of how relapse back into addiction can occur, and how one can prevent against such relapse. The likelihood is that if you have found your way here, you have interest in the nature of addiction to substances, and/or to certain negative behaviors, or perhaps are just plain stuck and unable to move forward toward your next right step.
It is my great desire that you find something here that will be helpful in your quest to move forward.
It’s obvious that most people do not wake up in the morning with the intentional choice of returning to their self-destructive habits of addictive substance use or addictive behavioral patterns by later that afternoon. That’s ridiculous! No one in their right mind would ever go back to the painful and crazy-making behavior that caused them to seek treatment in the first place.
In almost all cases of relapse, the process occurs over time. And it involves some other state of mind than the “right” one.
Yet, when one encounters stressful situations, particularly reoccurring ones, without proper tools to handle them, relapse can occur.
After working as an addictions counselor for the past 25 years in various settings, I’ve come to realize that preventing relapse is all about developing these three things: awareness, acceptance, and action.
My 5-step program, The Art of Relapse Prevention™ , teaches individuals how to develop a heightened sense of awareness about themselves and to their reactions, then goes on to develop the concept of acceptance in a simple and practical way, and then further teaches how to actively institute dramatically effective ways of changing the initial, reactive patterns that start the relapse process in the first place.
What are the results?
As a result of diligently practicing these steps, when stress occurs, people find themselves no longer slaves to their habitual response-patterns. They can move into a place of personal power to make clear, viable decisions. Instead of reacting to the world, often using old destructive patterns to cope, they can take charge of their actions. And, they can shift reactive habits into proactive ones to begin to make positive changes in all aspects of their lives.
If you are suffering from any form of addiction, or are somehow stuck in old behavioral or thought patterns, and/or are a professional working in the field of addiction, I invite you to check out this website and the programs offered within.