You can work through your ambivalence by thoughtfully completing the exercises in this book and by taking action to improve your self-confidence and self-esteem through:
- Using reasoned thinking to challenge permission-giving thoughts.
- Learning to manage depression, anxiety, anger, and frustration.
- Improving your skills to manage your high-risk situations and practicing your drink and drug refusal skills.
- Improving your communication skills so you can increase your success at those new social activities and make new friends.
- Getting involved in new exercise, social, and recreational activities.
- Managing cravings by using distraction, cue cards, imagery, rational responses, relaxation, and positive activity scheduling.
If someone tells you that relapse is probable, so what? There isn’t any research that shows all individuals relapse. It does not exist. You are not a statistic. You are in control of your life. Keep working to increase the probability of your success. Believe in yourself and your ability to master the required skills. Believe in your ability to make a commitment to the required life changes.
Take a break now and call a friend to go for a walk or watch a movie. Get your new activities started now to reduce your cravings and exposure to cues.