Monthly Archives: February 2013

Motivating Recovery from Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems

How can people who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse difficulties build their motivation, curiosity, optimism, and visions for the future? Two researchers at University of Rochester, Richard Ryan and Edward Deci, have said meeting people’s needs for competence, autonomy and relatedness increases their motivation to change their lives positively. Their paper – “Self-Determination Theory and […]

Mentoring shown to reduce future criminality

More than 100 people attended a Nov. 30 conference hosted by Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine on how mentoring can reduce future criminality. Diverting former inmates from crime to becoming responsible and contributing citizens is a worthy goal. Estimates of recidivism comparing those who access mentoring versus those who do not illustrate the effectiveness of the […]