Carl Erik Fisher

Flourishing After Addiction with Carl Erik Fisher

Carl Erik Fisher

  • How to help people change, with Dr. Carrie Wilkens

How to help people change, with Dr. Carrie Wilkens

Wednesday 12th June 2024

Dr. Carrie Wilkens discusses the Invitation to Change approach for supporting loved ones with addiction in this episode of Flourishing After Addiction.
64 minutes

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Transforming Support: Dr. Carrie Wilkens on Helping Loved Ones Change

Episode Overview

  • Invitation to Change offers practical strategies for supporting loved ones.
  • Self-compassion goes beyond superficial self-care activities.
  • Evidence-based treatments are crucial for effective addiction recovery.
  • Family involvement can significantly impact recovery outcomes.
  • Community support groups provide valuable resources and connections.
Self-compassion is very different than taking a bubble bath or increasing your social supports.
Ever wondered how to truly support a loved one struggling with addiction? In this episode of Flourishing After Addiction, Carl Erik Fisher sits down with Dr. Carrie Wilkens, a seasoned psychologist with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Wilkens shares her wisdom on evidence-based treatments for substance use and post-traumatic stress, and introduces the Invitation to Change approach—a game-changer for families and professionals alike.
This method blends values, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and other practical skills to foster real change. Dr. Wilkens also dives into the critical difference between self-care and self-compassion, debunking the myth that self-care is just about bubble baths and spa days. Instead, she advocates for a deeper understanding of self-compassion, which can be transformative for those supporting loved ones through addiction. You'll also hear personal anecdotes from Dr.
Wilkens about how addiction has touched her own life and the lives of those around her. Whether you're a family member, a professional, or someone in recovery, this episode offers invaluable insights and practical advice to help you navigate the complex landscape of addiction and recovery. Tune in to learn how to create a supportive environment that encourages lasting change.