Shawn Fisk is an addiction treatment counselor in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His lived personal and professional experiences have led him to challenge cognitive discrepancies and chart a new path for his and his clients’ lives.
In this podcast, Shawn talks about:
- The privilege of working at Serenity House, an intensive, in-house men’s recovery home
- Giving the residents the opportunity to model and practice new skills to replace old behaviors
- His life as a competitive athlete and sports psychology coach
- Getting the opportunity to hit the reset button
- Taking Carl Young’s advice to find the courage to look at the dark things and find freedom
- Learning to value himself enough to take care of himself
- Applying SMART tools to behaviors like over-eating or spending
- Understanding labels
- Freedom from judgement
- His perspective on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Helping people see their value
- Finding a new hobby every year
- Lifestyle Balance Pie
- Becoming a SMART Facilitator
- Is Your Gambling a Problem?
- Sex Addiction and Recovery
- Ingredients of Happy and Healthy Living
I am detoxing. I want nothing more than to stay clean . I have no one and no support. I really wish I did. I feel very alone.
You are not alone. SMART has resources, tools, and meetings to help. To find a meeting, go to http://www.smartrecovery.org/community
You should be very proud of yourself for wanting to quit. The hardest thing is to get your self esteem back. I have had a substance use disorder since I was 12. I’m 54 now. I have been blessed with a lot of support, been hospitalized, in residential treatment and last March almost died. Now I lost everything and everyone and I’m all alone. SMART Recovery has worked. Just stick with it and care for yourself.