Living in Balance: Moving From a Life of Addiction to a Life of Recovery (Revised and updated)


This evidence-based, flexible, and user-friendly substance abuse treatment curriculum helps clients from all walks of life address key lifestyle, relationship, and emotional issues.

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By Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Mim J. Landry, and Barry D. Caudill, Ph.D.
#4358   Evidence-based Living in Balance, now revised and updated (2015) to meet DMS-5 classifications, draws from cognitive-behavioral, experiential, and Twelve Step approaches with a strong emphasis on relapse prevention. The program uses didactic education and instruction, written exercises, group process interaction through role-plays and discussion, relaxation and visualization exercises, and group-oriented recreational therapy exercises. Sessions can be easily customized for a variety of settings, including treatment, mental health, and corrections: inpatient, extensive outpatient, hospital, evening or weekend programs, continuing care, and more. Complete program for $1,595.00.

The Living in Balance program includes three separate, yet related, curricula. Each curriculum includes a printed facilitator guide, client sessions with printable worksheets, and meditation and visualization audio files on a USB.

Core Program is best used to build a solid foundation of essential education and skills for clients new to treatment and recovery from alcohol and other substance use disorders. OVER 365 PAGES OF CLIENT SESSION MATERIALS
Recovery Management Sessions is best used to help clients who already have a solid foundation in recovery to learn the skills that will help them thrive in ongoing recovery. OVER 780 PAGES OF CLIENT SESSION MATERIALS
Co-occurring Disorders Sessions is best for clients who already have a solid foundation in recovery but who need strategies to manage co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. OVER 345 PAGES OF CLIENT SESSION MATERIALS

About the program:

  • Flexible and Customizable. Designed to be effective in both group and individual settings, it can be used in all levels of care and program types: inpatient, outpatient, hospital, treatment, mental health, and corrections.
  • Comprehensive. There are 47 sessions, each covering one specific topic. Addiction-related topics include relapse prevention, drug education, and self-help. In addition, sessions addressing physical health, psychosocial, and living skills help clients be more successful in recovery by addressing all major areas of living.
  • Evidence-based. Developed by Danya International and tested as part of a NIDA-funded project, Living in Balance is a clinically validated, evidence-based program that has been proven to retain clients longer in treatment and reduce alcohol and other drug use.

Each session takes 60-75 minutes to complete. Partial sessions can be done in 30 minutes or less. New clients can join the program at any point during the delivery.

The program is client-focused. Clients will:
  • Identify situations that trigger cravings and pinpoint the decisions that lead to drug use.
  • Develop immediate alternatives to drug use.
  • Create and implement a long-term plan for full recovery, including relapse prevention.
The Core Program (sessions 1-12) – Helps clients in early recovery learn about addiction and address life issues that are central to achieving successful recovery. Also includes a CD of the relaxation and visualization exercises. The sessions include:
  • Definitions, Terms, and Self-Diagnosis
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Education
  • Triggers, Cravings, and Avoiding Relapse
  • Planning for Sobriety
  • Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Spirituality
  • Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol
  • Stress and Emotional Well-Being
  • Skills for Reducing Stress
  • Negative Emotions
  • Anger and Communication
  • Relapse Prevention
Recovery Management Sessions (sessions 13-37) – Customize your treatment program to meet specific topic and client needs with these 25 sessions. Sessions include:
  • Introduction to Self-Help Groups
  • The Twelve Steps
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Focus on AIDS
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Physical Wellness
  • Problem Solving
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Human Needs and Social Relationships
  • Family Matters
  • You and Your Parents
  • Child Development and Parenting Skills
  • Educational and Vocational Goals
  • Money Management
  • Insurance and Consumer Credit
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Compulsive Sexual Behavior
  • Addiction and Loss
  • Grief: Responding to Loss
  • Spirituality and Personality
  • Advanced Relapse Prevention
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment and Twelve Step Recovery
  • Chronic Pain and Opiods
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Older Adults
Co-occurring Disorders Sessions (sessions 38-47) – These 10 sessions are ideal for use with clients living with a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. Sessions include:
  • Effects of Drug Use on Mental Health
  • What are Co-occurring Disorders?
  • Comprehensive Treatment and Medications for Substance Use Disorders
  • Phases of Dual Recovery
  • Twelve Steps for Co-occurring Disorders
  • Mutual Self-Help Groups and Co-occurring Disorders
  • Important Issues About Mental Health Medications
  • Relapse Prevention I: Building a Recovery Support System
  • Relapse Prevention II: Making the Best Decisions
  • Seeking Help for Co-occurring Disorders
#7700 (E)
#8800 (S)

Additional information


Complete Program, 47 Sessions, Sessions #1-12 only, Sessions #13-37 only, Sessions #38-47 only, Spanish Version of complete program


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