Exploring the impact of negative thought patterns in early addiction recovery

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    This course examines negative beliefs and inaccurate thought patterns that often impact those in early addiction recovery. Using principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, clinicians can support revised belief systems that can help clients develop and maintain a “Recovery Identity” that reinforces the behavioral changes already made in getting sober. This interview course also briefly discusses the impact of spiritual and religious beliefs on thought patterns, particularly through the lens of the Christian faith.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List three common self-sabotaging distorted beliefs held by many people in early recovery; Describe the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior; Explain the principle of displacement to overcome negative thinking patterns

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

    Course requirements (including the course audio, post-test, and course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour non-interactive audio podcast interview which is available for free via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your other favorite podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via the course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, sponsor, or instructor.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

Interviewee and Interviewer

Martin 'Marty' Lythgoe, LAADC #LCi03820315

Addiction Treatment Expert

Marty has worked in the addiction treatment field since 1985, initially in several hospital-based residential programs, until co-founding the Genesis Program in Ventura, CA in 1993. Genesis is a free-standing outpatient program, offering treatment at the IOP and PHP levels of care. Marty served as Program Director until stepping down in 2018. Marty also has been in private practice in Ventura since 2007. His private practice, at Avenue Counseling Center, is located on the campus of Avenue Community Church. Marty’s practice is focused on addiction and codependency. He also does assessments for the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the local courts.

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT


Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter. She operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. Beth is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. She also has two young children, a super cool husband who helps out with Clearly Clinical, a rescue dog, and a rescue cat.

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