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Make Your Last Relapse The Last

Make Your Last Relapse The Last

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You are not a statistic!

This book focuses on the positive and negative infl uences on lapse and relapse that are
within an individual’s control. It gives practical examples and information on how to make
life changes that increase the probability of leaving addiction behind. By completing the
relapse prevention planning exercises in this book, you will be working on many fronts to
put the odds in your favor. Our relapse prevention training method combines learning to
change both behavior and thinking. It is an approach that emphasizes self-management
and rejects labels like alcoholic or drug addict
You are not a statistic!

This book focuses on the positive and negative infl uences on lapse and relapse that are
within an individual’s control. It gives practical examples and information on how to make
life changes that increase the probability of leaving addiction behind. By completing the
relapse prevention planning exercises in this book, you will be working on many fronts to
put the odds in your favor. Our relapse prevention training method combines learning to
change both behavior and thinking. It is an approach that emphasizes self-management
and rejects labels like alcoholic or drug addict

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Moderate use is defned as use of a psycho active substance that does
not generally cause problems either for the user or for society. There
is a difference between problem drug use and addiction. Problem
drug or alcohol use is at the beginning of a spectrum of experienced
negative effects on life and health. A person notices the negative
impact of drinking or using in a particular area of their life, and
decides to change their pattern of use. Problem use has not taken
over the person’s life. Problem use can lead to an abuse cycle and
addiction or it can be managed and reduced so the person stops
using or changes their pattern of use.

Although you can learn from a lapse and even
from a full relapse, the most effective learning
occurs during daily drug and alcohol-free
coping with life’s problems and by achieving
your goals.

Chapter Eleven: Reducing The Risks of Using Again

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You have stepped beyond problem use if you have been attending a
formal addiction program or receiving extensive addiction treatment.
With addiction, your drug and alcohol use changed the way you
felt, the way you were treated. It consumed your thoughts and
time. It negatively infuenced your work and school. It negatively
affected your relationships. It caused you to feel worry, shame, guilt,
anger, anxiety, and depression. You often experienced symptoms of
withdrawal and felt generally sick and out of control all the time. You
tried repeatedly to stop or reduce use and you were unsuccessful. This
is full addiction, not problem substance use. If you have experienced
addiction, there is no such thing as limited use for you�
Trying to
gradually cut down or trying to return to limited use is a fruitless
venture once you have been addicted. Each use fuels the craving and
desire for more and prolonged using. Repeated attempts to reduce
use and return to moderate use postpones the recovery process
indefnitely. If you are in doubt whether you have an addiction,
seek a professional assessment
.

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