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The ERS Journey

This programme covers numerous recovery-related topics, with a significant focus on personal reflection and practical application.


Explore core concepts related to different addiction recovery topics.


Consider the core concepts in relation to your lived experience.


Implement new knowledge, attitudes and skills into your life moving forward.

Topics include

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Addiction is a many-layered...

Addiction is a many-layered behavioural disorder that arises out of a number of dysfunctional biopsychosocial factors interacting in an unpredictable way. This module explores not only the common signs and symptoms of the Cycle of Addiction but also the underlying mechanisms that keep us repeating the same self-destructive patterns over and over.

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The old adage of “once an addict...

The old adage of “once an addict, always an addict” is simply not true. Recovery is fully possible and achievable for all people, no matter how irreconcilable the situation may seem. This moduleclarifies what it means to recover in a meaningful way and provides a multifaceted framework for achieving sustainable change.

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Life Recovery
Like with anything in life...

Like with anything in life, recovery works best when we take the time to carefully plan our journey forward. This is why a strong Life Recovery Plan is vital to any sustainable recovery process. This module outlines the purpose as well as the structure of a Life Recovery Plan. ERS participants are also guided through the construction of their own individualised “roadmap” for recovery.

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External and internal cues that...

External and internal cues that have been neurologically paired with using over time are referred to as “triggers”. Triggers can initiate powerful automatic responses in us that could lead to relapse. In this module, ERS participants identify their own personal triggers, put plans in place to avoid them and set up strategies to increase resilience when encounters with triggers occur.

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Exploring Emotional
When our Emotional Intelligence is...

When our Emotional Intelligence is underdeveloped, we regularly adopt dysfunctional coping strategies, such as self-medicating, to deal with our feelings. This is why learning to identify, understand and manage our emotional responses is vitally important in recovery. This module unpacks four fundamental components of Emotional Intelligence and provides opportunities for participants to reflect on their own emotional quotient.

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Enhancing Emotional
Emotional Intelligence is not...

Emotional Intelligence is not something that we have or don’t have. It is an attribute that can be developed. It is possible to enhance our Emotional Intelligence with practice and with the help of some practical strategies. In this module, ERS participants learn about and apply techniques to improve self-awareness, to regulate emotional responses and to respond to emotions in positive, productive ways.

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Mapping Your
Our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes...

Mastering our minds is indeed one of the most vital keys to mastering our lives. This is because of the profound and powerful impact that our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes have on our emotional, spiritual and even physical well-being. This module looks at the neuroscience supporting Descartes’ statement “I think, therefore I am” and explores ways to overcome the “thinking problems” that sustain self-sabotaging behaviour. 

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Coping with
Cravings in recovery can be...

Cravings in recovery can be unnerving but do not have to lead to relapse. Cravings are not a sign of “weak recovery” nor are they unsurmountable. What matters about cravings is not that we have them, but how we handle them. This module unpacks the physiology of cravings, disputes several myths about them and presents a number of effective “survival” strategies.

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Maintaining Mooring
The patterns of thinking...

The patterns of thinking and behaving that keep recovery safely anchored and steady can be likened to the mooring lines of a boat. Often, when we find ourselves in a “relapse drift”, it is because one, or more, of our personal Mooring Lines has been dropped. In this module, ERS participants identify their individual Mooring Lines and determine ways of ensuring that their Mooring Lines are always securely in place.

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Working on
Self-esteem that is built upon...

Self-esteem that is built upon self-worth is stable because it is not dependent on external variables. When we have self-worth, we believe that we are deserving of love and respect, irrespective of what we may, or may not, have achieved and regardless of what others think, say and do. This module focuses on practical strategies that can be applied to intentionally nurture an enduring sense of personal significance and value.

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Watching for
Warning Signs
Relapse does not ...

Relapse does not happen “out of the blue.” In the lead up, there are always signals, or Warning Signs, that indicate a relapse may be on its way. Typically, significant cognitive, emotional and behavioural shifts precede a physical return to using. In this module, ERS participants reflect on past patterns to determine their own personal Warning Signs. Intervention strategies, to apply when Warning Signs arise, are also applied.

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Gratitude is a fundamental pillar...

Gratitude is a fundamental pillar of recovery that benefits us in a multitude of ways. Unfortunately, gratitude doesn’t always come naturally to us. Staying grateful is something that most of us need to work on. This module explores what it means to live with an “attitude of gratitude” and provides practical tools that can be applied to foster a lasting perspective of thankfulness.

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Small, closed group sessions provide an ideal learning environment and a safe space for personal reflection and discussion.


Each week, participants are provided with individual topic modules and written tasking to complete in their own time.


ERS is future focused, encouraging the application of constructive solutions and the development of a new recovery-based identity.


ERS benefits from decades of field experience, utilizing effective tools from Cognitive Behavioural and Positive Psychology Frameworks.


ERS provides an extremely affordable alternative to Primary Care, at an equivalent, or higher, standard of equipping.


In response to the need for effective and accessible solutions, our online groups make ERS globally available, for anyone, from anywhere.

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“ERS has helped me apply the things I have learnt at the meetings I attend and the practical application is the part where I’ve seen the most change in my life - from regulating my emotions to how I react and utilise the tools.

If you want to absorb and completely get into a culture of recovery and start living a life that is bearing the fruits of recovery, ERS is a definite must.”

Mike McKenna
OTC Recovery

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