Do any of the butter knives in your silverware drawer have crumpled tips? Several in my kitchen drawer do as a result of times when someone grabbed a butter knife to loosen or tighten a screw, or pry off a lid. Most of the time, when I’ve used that technique—the outcome is unsatisfactory: the screw isn’t loosened and the silverware is ruined.
Because we know that people use journals for different purposes, we are developing a set of LifeJournal programs that are dedicated to particular groups of people—designing the most useful and efficient tool for the job. We already have LifeJournal for Writers (writers.lifejournal.com) and LifeJournal for Educators (educators.lifejournal.com). Today we announce a third version: LifeJournal for Staying Sober and Preventing Relapse (stayingsober.lifejournal.com). We are honored to work with Dr. Dennis Daley—a highly respected expert in the field of addictions. Please read the article below and visit the website for more information.
So, just as I recommend not prying lids open with butter knives, or buttering your bread with a screwdriver, I suggest that if you are struggling with an addiction, that you use the best journal writing tool for the job: LifeJournal for Staying Sober and Preventing Relapse (LJSS).
In addition to describing LJSS in this newsletter, we include some tips about best practices for assigning topics to your journal entries.
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A New Version: LifeJournal for Staying Sober and Preventing Relapse
The latest version of LifeJournal is for those who want to stop drinking alcohol and/or abusing drugs for good. Chronicles Software Company joined forces with Dr. Dennis Daley who is Chief of Addiction Medicine Services, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh. Dr. Daley has been involved in managing and providing inpatient and outpatient treatment services for alcohol and drug problems for over two decades.
For years Dr. Daley has recommended journal writing in his treatment of those addicted to alcohol or drugs. He explains, “Recovery from addiction requires hard work, a proper attitude and learning skills to stay sober, not drinking alcohol or using other drugs. Successful recovery involves changing attitudes, acquiring knowledge, and developing skills to meet the many challenges of sobriety. LifeJournal for Staying Sober and Preventing Relapse is an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use, and effective tool to reflect upon your experiences and focus on positive change strategies for recovery. The program is holistic and comprehensive in its approach to recovery, recognizing the importance of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual components.”
LifeJournal for Staying Sober and Preventing Relapse (LJSS) combines the structure of the LifeJournal program with Dr. Daley’s Prompts, selected Quotes, a default Topics List, and default Daily Pulse scales. The LJSSTip of the Day offers encouragement, support, and continuity in moving through the sometimes difficult steps of recovery. The blending of the LifeJournal program with the expertise of Dr. Dennis Daley creates a unique and powerful tool to help alcohol and drug abusers succeed in recovering from their addictions.
LifeJournal for Staying Sober: Installation, Expansion, and Purchasing
We invite you to download the LJSS demo. If you do not already have a LJ program downloaded on your computer, simply go to stayingsober.lifejournal.com/download and download the installation file.
However, if you have LJ2 or any of the specialized versions installed on your computer, you can download and install the LJSS program, but because of the way the two programs integrate, you won’t be able to see LJSS in action. In order to use the demo you will need to purchase and enter the LJSS key.
If you want to see and test the LJSS version before you purchase the key, you could download the demo onto a second computer, one on which none of the other versions has been installed.
And, if you do choose to add the new staying sober version to your existing version, you will retain your current journal entries and other journal data (Daily Prompts, Timeline, and your added Quotes and Prompts) and gain the new staying sober prompts, quotes, and additional topics in the Topics List.
If you have the vanilla version of LifeJournal 1 or 2, you can purchase LifeJournal for Staying Sober and Preventing Relapse. If you have LJ2, go to stayingsober.lifejournal.com/ordering and click this link: “LifeJournal for Staying Sober: expand LifeJournal 2.0.” If you have LJ1, go to stayingsober.lifejournal.com/ordering and click “Upgrade to LifeJournal for Staying Sober from LifeJournal 1.” The cost of expanding from LJ2 to LJSS is $15.95. The cost of the upgrading from LJ1 to LJSS is $24.95. LifeJournal for Staying Sober costs $44.95 for the download; $6.00 shipping and handling costs for US Mail delivery of a CD.
Tips: Assigning Topics—The Finer Points
Perhaps the best way to assign topics to a journal entry is AFTER writing it because that practice allows you to write naturally, in the flow, and without breaking up your train of thought. After completing an entry, re-read to determine the main topics. To assign a topic to the whole entry, click that topic on the Topic List and it will appear in the Entry Topics box on the top part of the Topics Sidebar.
It may make sense to assign at least one topic to a journal entry—even if what you have written is no more than blowing off steam. (In that case, you can assign a topic from the feeling category.)
During the re-reading, also can look for the gems, insights, or important points in the entry and assign topics to these sentences or paragraphs so you can easily find them later. Click and drag the mouse over the text and click the topic in the Topics List. You’ll see that topic is listed in the Entry Topics box in the top portion of the Topics Sidebar and a highlight icon will appear next to it. If you click the topic the highlighted passage(s) will appear.
Also, here are a few tips about the finer points of assigning topics to passages: If you do assign a topic to a passage of text, then when you place your cursor in that text, the highlighting—the block of color behind the text—will appear. Any words that you add at the beginning, middle, or end of the passage will automatically be included in the highlighted passage.
The way to stop assigning the topic(s) to the highlighted passage is easy: Click the “Esc” key found at the top left corner of your keyboard, or click the “F12” key on the top right part of your keyboard.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.—Japanese proverb
If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.—Erica Jong
Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity.—Sir Walter Scott
You can purchase LifeJournal 2, LJSS, LJW, or LJE (or upgrade or expand to ) either by:
-Ordering LifeJournal online: www.lifejournal.com/ordering; stayingsober.lifejournal.com/ordering; writers.lifejournal.com/ordering;educators.lifejournal.com/ordering
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