CLEAR (Choosing Life, Empowerment, Action, & Results), is a program offered free of charge to Vermont residents living with HIV. CLEAR participants learn and practice skills that increase their ability to cope with problems and challenges.
For the past four years, the CLEAR program has helped numerous HIV positive Vermonters make significant changes in their lives, changes that many had attempted before and had been unsuccessful. The CLEAR program, through weekly meetings with a trained CLEAR provider, creates an environment where focused, congruent, and logical actions can lead to successful results.
Are you frequently overwhelmed by your current stressors and problems? Does your doctor keep telling you to quit smoking tobacco and you want to, have tried, but have been unsuccessful. Would you like be able to be able to express your wants and needs to others without losing your cool or giving into something that does not feel right for you? If you’ve answered yes, to any of these questions the CLEAR program might be for you.
What do you want to change? Have you been able to take action? What kinds of outcomes and results are you getting from your actions? Are they getting you closer or further away from what you want? To achieve what we want we have to commit to doing what it takes to attain it. It also helps to be open to new ideas and ways to do things-- in other words be open minded and flexible.
You are the one who chooses how to perceive your life. Instead of this interpretation being on “automatic” you can take that power back and change your interpretations of your life situation. Are you afraid even to consider taking the first step to make positive changes in your life because you might fail? Henry Ford said, “Failure is just the chance to try again”.
By participating in the CLEAR program you will receive on-going support and encouragement to help you make positive changes in your life. If you have repeatedly attempted to change an unhealthy Behavior and failed, it can be difficult to even imagine that you could try again and be successful. Does your fear of failing again prevent you from setting long and short term goals?
Research has shown that individuals who are able to set and work toward short and long term goals are happier and create more of what they want in their lives.
Make a decision to courageously face your self-doubts, fear of the unknown and question your current perceptions about what you can achieve. Take the first action, call and find out more about what the CLEAR program may be able to help you do. Every action implies a choice, even inaction.
Three Vermont AIDS Service Organizations offer the CLEAR program. AIDS Project of Southern Vermont offers CLEAR to people living in Bennington and Windham Counties, HIV/HCV Resource Center offers CLEAR in their catchment area. Twin States Network offers CLEAR throughout the rest of the state.
For more information about CLEAR, visit the three websites, or call Susan at APSV (802) 254Q4444), Wanda at H2RC (603)Q448Q8887) or Jo at TSN (888Q 338Q8796)