In this engaging episode of “The Addictive Mind Plus,” hosts Duane and Eric Osterlind explore the transformative concept of meaning-making. Following up on their previous discussion about values, this episode dives deeper into how understanding and aligning with our deepest values can energize our life’s journey. The hosts discuss practical strategies from dialectical behavior therapy and insights from Thomas Marra to illustrate how individuals can reshape their lives around what truly matters. Whether you’re battling addictions, anxiety, or just seeking deeper fulfillment, this episode offers valuable insights into overcoming life’s psychological hurdles through intentional living.



Key Topics

  • Integration of Values and Meaning: How values serve as a compass and meaning provides the momentum.
  • Role of Meaning in Mental Health: Exploring its impact on recovery, anxiety, and depression.
  • Strategies for Meaning Making: Practical approaches to integrate meaningful actions into daily life.
  • Challenges to Meaning Making: Common obstacles like fear and disapproval, and how to navigate them.
  • Empowerment through Meaning: Using meaning making to lead a more intentional and satisfying life.



  • [00:01:00] Introduction to Meaning Making
  • [00:02:00] How Meaning and Values Interact
  • [00:05:00] Meaning in Relation to Mental Health (Addiction and Depression)
  • [00:08:00] Practical Strategies for Applying Meaning
  • [00:10:00] Discussing Supreme Concerns and Everyday Integration
  • [00:13:00] Overcoming Obstacles in Meaning Making
  • [00:15:00] Conclusion and Resources


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