Welcome to Howard P. Goodman, MA LMFT
New to therapy?
I help people work through the places they feel stuck in their lives to achieve their own definition of success. Therapy takes a variety of forms. It can be crisis-driven where you are confronting a problem that needs to be addressed right away. Individual therapy is also an excellent way to work through deeper issues and find resolution over time. Everyone has a unique set of skills and circumstances. I work at your pace and focus on results.
Addiction Treatment Aftercare
I specialize in helping individuals stay sober after they discharge from drug/alcohol treatment. I have worked with hundreds of individual clients and conducted thousands of hours of groups to help individuals maintain long-term sobriety, health, and wellness. In addition to my clinical experience, I am also in recovery (sobriety date 10/3/2006) I understand what it takes to get sober and stay sober. In my new book, The Staying Sober Handbook I teach you the 24 most effective recovery skills, techniques, practices, activities, and behaviors as well as how to organize them into a balanced daily/weekly schedule. My unique, Spectrum of Sobriety Checklist enables you track your progress and stay on track.
The Staying Sober Handbook – Excerpt
“You Can Stay Sober! It is as simple as taking your daily medicine. Millions of people use the following approach to manage their recovery on a daily basis. You can too. Staying Sober will teach you, step by step, how to create a new, drug-free way of being in the world. You will develop your own goals and objectives. You will set your own pace and learn how to create a new way of life beyond your wildest imaginings.
The only question is: Are you ready? Are you ready to free yourself from the fatal grip of addiction? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? And are you finally ready to end the downward spiral of crisis, negative consequences, and chaos? Do you want to create a sober lifestyle filled with happiness, meaning, purpose, and your own version of success?”
Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Starting the day with an Attitude of Gratitude is a simple recovery tool of enormous power. A growing body of evidence from Positive Psychology researchers confirms that making a daily list of things for which you feel grateful can significantly improve your attitude, performance, and emotional resilience. These findings are the basis for a number of evidence-based techniques currently used in addiction treatment to improve mood, promote feelings of well-being, and build emotional resilience.
We take so much for granted
It is easy for people in United States to lose sight of just how good we have it, particularly when compared to other countries in the world. The U.N. consistently reports that the average American enjoys a higher quality of life, as measured by life expectancy, global health, & standard of living than 95% of the world’s population. Here are just some of the things many of us take for granted:
- Safe permanent housing
- Clean water to drink
- Fresh, healthy foods
- Clothes to wear
- Safety from physical harm
- Safety from political persecution
- Access to the best health care in the world
- Freedoms – assemble, free speech, religious practice, etc.
- Economic opportunity
- World class technology
Welcome to my blog! My intention is to provide you with the best available tools, tips, research, and skills for long-term sobriety, health, and wellness. A good way to begin is by telling you about the foundational ideas of the Staying Sober. My approach is built on a new paradigm in addiction treatment: Recovery Management. […]