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A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction



Exhibit 8: Seemingly Irrelevant Decisions

spacer When making any decision, whether large or small, do the following:
  • Consider all the options you have.
  • Think about all the consequences, both positive and negative, for each of the options.
  • Select one of the options. Pick a safe decision that minimizes your risk of relapse.
  • Watch for "red flag" thinking - thoughts like "I have to . . .", or "I can handle . . ." or "It really doesn't matter if . . ."

Practice monitoring decisions that you face in the course of a day, both large and small, and consider safe and risky alternatives for each.
Decision Safe alternative Risky alternative
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Adapted from Monti et al. 1989.

 

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