Rein In Your Brain: From Impulsivity to Thoughtful Living in Recovery

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Addiction--whether to mood-altering substances, gambling, sex, or food--stems in part from an over-reliance on the reward system of a primitive part of the brain that can push us to make poor choices based on an expectation of immediate gratification. Those of us in recovery often struggle with the compulsive thoughts and behaviors that are still programmed in our addictive brains well after the drinking and drugging has stopped. These often play out thoughtlessly in our interactions with others, damaging our ...
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Overview


Addiction--whether to mood-altering substances, gambling, sex, or food--stems in part from an over-reliance on the reward system of a primitive part of the brain that can push us to make poor choices based on an expectation of immediate gratification. Those of us in recovery often struggle with the compulsive thoughts and behaviors that are still programmed in our addictive brains well after the drinking and drugging has stopped. These often play out thoughtlessly in our interactions with others, damaging our relationships and growth as balanced human beings.

Rein in Your Brain, by addiction expert Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, offers ten tools for breaking the cycle of impulsivity. These time-tested self-interventions include standing still in the moment, giving up control, not assuming the other person’s intent, tolerating differences, accepting emotions without giving them free reign, and differentiating between immediate fear-driven reactions and measured thoughts. By incorporating these tools in your daily interactions, your relationships can move from those of conflict to mutual respect and understanding.

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“Rein in Your Brain is inspirational, informative, and filled with simple yet profound suggestions to change from living a life filled with impulsive, instinctual reactions to one marked by reflective, respectful responding."
--Dr. Carlo DiClemente, ABPP, Presidential Research Professor of Psychology at University of Maryland-Baltimore County

"Cynthia Moreno Tuohy’s new book, Rein In Your Brain, gets my highest recommendation! I can’t wait to give this book as a gift to people I care about. Truly well done!"
--Jeffrey A. Hoffman, PhD, CEO Danya International, and lead author of Hazelden's bestselling Living in Balance series

“This book made me love myself and my wife more. Awesome!”
--Dr. Robert R. Perkinson, author and clinical director of Keystone Treatment Center

“A marvelous book…will make recovery more tangible and more do-able for the many who need what she has to say. ‘When the student is ready, the teacher appears,’ and she is that teacher.”
--Lorie Dwinell, LICSW, Private Practice, Seattle, Washington

“Cynthia Moreno Tuohy uses her knowledge of the brain and teaches the reader how to grow toward more thoughtful and productive relationships. Whether you are someone in recovery from any addiction, a counselor working with clients, a parent trying to do the best you can for your children or someone trying to build a loving relationship, this book has valuable lessons for you.”
--Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols, author and addiction expert

“Rarely do writers reveal such a transparent look into how they personally survived the overwhelming life circumstances that led to the creation of a practical and profound way of healing and change for the rest of us. And it’s for everyone - from the professional counselor or educator to the shattered person recovering from addiction and childhood trauma. A must read for all who have waited for a genuine real-world application of the valuable truths revealed in brain research.”
--Jean M. LaCour, PhD, Founder/CEO of NET Institute, Rise Professional Recovery Coaching

“Having been a major advocate in the field of addiction treatment and recovery, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, and her colleague Victoria Costello, have written an empowering book that allows the reader to take another significant step in their recovery. You will better understand both the behavior and its underpinnings that keep you emotionally and relationally stuck in recovery while being given a plethora of tools to practice that will move you forward. Congratulations to the authors for offering a major contribution to our field.”
--Claudia Black, PhD, author of It Will Never Happen To Me

“I have rarely come across a book that is as well written, insightful and filled with practical exercises that can benefit us all. Rein in Your Brain is a must read for anyone interested in the heart and science of improving their relationships!”
--Rokelle Lerner, Clinical Director, InnerPath Workshops

"Cynthia Moreno Tuohys' book, Rein in Your Brain, offers a brand new look at Recovery. The 10 tools for changing the way we think are both time tested, and innovative. I started using them immediately, and can't set them down!"
--John McAndrew, songwriter, recording artist, co-host of "One Hour at a Time with Mary Woods" on Voice America Radio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616494674
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 222,680
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, is the Executive Director of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and the Association of Addiction Professionals.
Cynthia lives in Alexandra, VA.

Victoria Costello an Emmy Award winning science journalist is known for publishing and advocacy work in mental health and wellness.
Victoria lives in San Francisco, CA.

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