Category: Dr Chad K Cox

The “Should” Statement

The “Should” statement.  One of my duties at the AToN Center is to teach our residents to connect their thinking to their emotions and behaviors.  One dysfunctional thought pattern that often arises is the “should” statement.  Examples of this include …

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Drugs and Emotions in Sustaining Sobriety

Emotional Regulation is a key factor in sustaining sobriety. Recently, at the AToN Center, I have been working with a patient whose difficulties in keeping his feelings into some kind of manageable state lead to relapse after relapse. He discussed …

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Relationships and Recovery

As a Psychologist at the AToN Center I often assist our residents explore how their relationships will be affected by their recovery. When a person is in the thick of their addiction they can have relationships where they hide their …

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Pain Vs. Pleasure

In my work as a Psychologist at the AToN Center with those suffering with addictions I will often discuss the concept of  “delay of gratification.” This refers to the idea that in learning how to postpone pleasure or enjoyment so that more …

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Beware the Curve Ball In Recovery

Beware the Curve Ball In Recovery

Beware the Curve-ball In teaching Psychology skills at the AToN center to prevent relapse, I often help residents identify specific situations they have experienced in the past that lead to relapse. People in recovery can often anticipate seeing the friend …

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Developing Coping Strategies and Yoga

Developing Coping Strategies

At the AToN Center, one of my roles is to conduct a “Psychology Group” with our residents. During one of these groups I engaged our residents in a brainstorming session to develop their coping strategies for cravings. I stood at …

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Living In Denial

There is a paradox to denial that is often confronted in treatment. How do you know if you are in denial? What happens if you deny that you are in denial? What if you have been controlled by others in …

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Imagine Sobriety

There is a fascinating phenomenon I often observe in clients at the AToN Center as they progress in their drug and alcohol treatment in California. Often our residents have been using drugs or drinking for such a long period of …

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Anger and Blame

Often in my work with addiction at our drug and alcohol treatment center in San Diego, I see clients fall into traps with anger and blame.  Many times people will describe a person or event that “caused” them to drink. …

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Bridges

Bridges In the counseling that I provide as a Psychologist at the AToN Center I am often looking for the connections between the skills that are being learned and how these will be applied in the real world.  It is …

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