The Seven Challenges Newsletters
Podcasts and Media Featuring Robert Schwebel
Robert Schwebel speaks of how in loving relationships and in counseling one of the biggest challenges is sharing power.
The Buckmaster Show 03/27/2023
Robert Schwebel discusses life counseling and Mastery Counseling.
NAADC Webinar 01/11/2023
Addressing Mental Health and Situational Problems in Substance Use Disorder Counseling presented by Robert Schwebel.
The Buckmaster Show 01/06/2021
Robert Schwebel discusses New Year's Resolutions, goal setting, and more with host, Bill Buckmaster.
Life Process Program Podcast
Host Zach Rhoads discuss the Seven Challenges principles in this podcast
Robert discusses Holistic Life Counseling in place of the term Drug Treatment.
Robert discusses tapping inner resources you didn’t even know you had to change your mood.
Robert discusses overcoming the myth of powerlessness over drugs. You can take control of your life.
The Buckmaster Show 05/14/2020
Robert Schwebel discusses dealing with anxiety in the Age of COVID-19 with host, Bill Buckmaster.
Families For Sensible Drug Policy Podcast
Robert Schwebel and Zach Rhoads discuss overcoming addiction through purely common-sense channels of human development. Robert also provides valuable insight on how parents, family members, and other adults, can engage adolescents in a fully collaborative approach to dealing with problematic drug use… and a range of other problems.
The Buckmaster Show 11/25/2019
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Robert Schwebel discusses his critically-acclaimed new book titled “Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs and Your Life" with host, Bill Buckmaster.
65: Dr. Robert Schwebel, Author of “Leap of Power” Provides Evidence that People are Strong and Capable to Take Control of Alcohol and Drugs.
The Family Recovery Solution
Robert Schwebel discusses new book Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs and Your Life and The Seven Challenges Program with host, Jeff Jones. There is a particular emphasis on family in this interview.
The Social Exchange
Robert Schwebel tells host Zach Rhoads about the story of his career, his basis for creating the Seven Challenges Program, and he explains the differences between the adolescent and adult versions of his program.
21st Century Radio
Robert Schwebel joined host Zohara Hieronimus, D.H.L. to discuss Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs and Your Life.
Articles by Robert Schwebel
This is how to counter the myth that brings addicted individuals to their knees.
Sometimes backing off means being terribly scared and uncomfortable, knowing the risk that bad things might happen, but believing it is the only possible way things might change.
Instead of harping on the harm, get to the heart of the matter.
People who relapse from drug decisions feel discouraged. Well-meaning loved ones often focus on the harm and add to the discouragement.
If you haven’t been rejected yet, then you’re not really going all out for what you want.
Asking for what you want has no guarantees, but it can help avoid misunderstandings and unspoken resentment.
There is a middle ground, a way to take paranoias seriously without getting carried away by them. You can “check them out.”
There can be a silver lining of strength and hope when people separate.
It is ironic that people often avoid the most direct approach to getting acquainted–telling about ourselves and asking about each other.
Emotional dishonesty is a remarkably common and accepted behavior. Without guilt or remorse, people lie about what they feel.
Communication, problem-solving and negotiation skills are great stuff, but not always the right prescription for families. Sometimes having fun or family projects are just what the doctor ordered.
Acknowledge the harm and give the other person a time to doubt you. Allow for suspicion or mistrust. You can’t force these feelings away.
When people act out their feelings, they release pent-up hurt and resentment but create even more problems for themselves.
When it comes to exchanging affection in our culture, we can choose to break the rules and enjoy an abundance of affection.
It’s not selfish to want things for yourself. Maybe it is as good to receive as it is to give. Maybe being half-giving and half-receiving is a better approach to a relationship.
If you’ve done something which adversely affects someone you care about, you want to express your concern.
Sometimes a carefully worded statement can be a courageous and true act of friendship/love.
Communicating with Loved Ones.
When couples fail to openly discuss basics, it doesn’t mean that decisions are not being made.
Sometimes people use power plays because they don’t know about cooperation. An invitation to cooperate may be exactly what they need.
Appreciate the positive features of your partner. Feel his (or her) love and add a little humor, tolerance, and self-scrutiny to your life.
Loving partners can rise to the occasion and keep their relationship intact.
Tips on how to recognize and resist temptation to exceed your own limits
We can take action to manage and keep a grip on our anxiety during this crisis.
Tucson Local Media
"I wanted to offer specific help and inspire people with drug problems both to start making changes and to stick with them. Leap of Power offers specific and practical help for everyone, even those who have had difficulties changing in the past."
"If you keep failing in efforts to quit or set limits on problematic behaviors, maybe it's not an issue of relapse prevention. Maybe it's flawed decision-making."
"Intervention is never easy. But this step-by-step guide can help you navigate the difficult task of talking to a loved one about their alcoholism or addiction."
"The fact is, we can’t force others to change. But we can maintain a positive connection and provide a supportive atmosphere in which change could occur. The challenge is to rise above negative feelings and offer as much encouragement and empathy as possible."
American Psychological Association, Division 50, Society of Addictive Behavior
This article highlights the development of a balanced approach to discussing drug benefits, in addition to discussing reduced harm.
"The most powerful way to overcome fear is by taking action — to do something about whatever frightens us. As parents we can model this for our children. We can show them that we are working for a safer world."
"In collaborative counseling that allows choices, clients get to identify the issues they want to work on. They make the decisions. We make it clear that we’re not there to make them quit using drugs…and couldn’t even if we tried."
"Tell them they are powerless; tell them you trust them but conduct drug tests; be an alarmist; and other effective ways to make sure kids avoid getting help."
"I believe we would have much better outcomes and benefit a lot more people if we stopped ‘treating drug problems,’ and started thinking in terms of providing comprehensive counseling."
"Look around and you will find counselors pushing the agenda of abstinence and trying to control behavior. You’ll find youth cleverly resisting and fighting back in all kinds of creative ways."
"…people often behave in ways that promote lying. You could say they create an environment in which other people are afraid to tell the truth."
"To help people overcome drug problems, we need to get off the powerlessness bandwagon, stop exaggerating the power of drugs, and stop diminishing the power of people."
"Rescuing doesn’t work. It basically hijacks the pathway to personal decision-making and change. Instead of people reaching their own conclusions about their lives, someone else does it for them."
Other Resources and Information
Pro Talk- Written by Anne Fletcher
"The Challenges meets kids “where they are,” helping them to talk honestly about themselves and substances they use, examining why they’re using them and the impact on their lives." Anne Fletcher
The voice of families impacted by substance use and the harms of existing drug policies.
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