In response to COVID-19 and the wide-ranging effects on behavioral health, we asked Jane Finch, LCSW, to present on Psychosocial Supports for Vulnerable Patients in Times of Crisis at Addiction Medicine Conference 2020. Ms. Finch referred to these popular AA/12 step adages as “undercover CBT” in her talk and discussed how positive messages can be helpful for patients in times like these.


HALT (if you are experiencing a temptation to drink/use, stop and ask yourself: Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired? If yes to any, address those problems first, and the craving will likely pass)

  • Keep it Simple
  • Easy Does It
  • First Things First
  • Do the Next Right Thing

Others include:

  • You’re Only as Sick as Your Secrets (share your feelings)
  • This Too Shall Pass
  • One Day at a Time

Conference attendees can access the Powerpoint and videotaped presentation at


We’ll answer more questions from the virtual Addiction Medicine Conference in upcoming newsletters. Be on the lookout!