Wednesday, August 10, 2022

What You Should Know About Me


What People Should Know About Me: 
GROUP COHESION BUILDING EXERCISE

This is a group icebreaker to help allow everyone to express themselves and their viewpoints and at the same time learn more about one another. For each item listed below, go around the group allowing everyone to share something about themselves related to the topic. Remember this is an icebreaker so it is okay to keep it simple. It is likely that there may be more about you than can be said in just one statement. However, this is not about telling your deep life story but rather just sharing some interesting thoughts about yourself to build group cohesion.  So, try to keep you answers to one or two sentences. Some examples are provided to help:

 

Humor – Example – “I love to laugh but I am not so great at making other people laugh”

 

Friendship – Example – “I am the type of friend that will have your back no matter what comes until you cross me or backstab me, then it’s over”

 

Strong Beliefs – Example – “I don’t get offended easily except that I cannot stand when anyone hurts animals as I strongly believe in being kind to animals”

 


LIST:

 

Humor

 

Friendship

 

Strong Beliefs

 

Anger

 

Communication

 

Relationships

 

Substance Use

 

Interests

 

Stubborn areas (challenges)

 

Strengths

 

Areas needing improvement

 

Topics I know a lot about

 

Favorites

 

Family

 

Education and work

 

Values (What’s important)

 

Goals, hopes and dreams

 

Random (Anything about anything)

 

 

FOLLOW UP GROUP QUESTIONS (Optional)

 

 

·       Based on what you heard during this exercise, who is someone here who you have something in common with?

 

 

·       What is one thing that you can bring to this group for as long as you are here as a participant in this program?

 

 

·       Whether you are here voluntarily or you are mandated or somewhere in between, what is one thing that you hope to get out this group experiences before you are done?


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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Major Life Aspects of the Disease of Addiction

The following information discusses how addiction can impact one’s life physically, mentally/behaviorally, and spiritually and then aspects of recovery in the same three life areas (Part 2). Each person’s experience and recovery is unique so not every item mentioned may apply as some will, but some will not. Keep in mind, the physical aspects of addiction can be specific to the type(s) of substances or behaviors involved. Also, “spiritual’ in this discussion refers to a broader view of one’s sense of meaning and purpose and personal belief system and goals as opposed to a specific type of “spirituality” or belief system - Review and discuss the following:


The Life Impact of Addiction: