A situation is a circumstance you are in at a particular moment. A situation, gathering or event can be a cue to using. The situations that cause you to begin thinking about using will be unique to you and require more action than simply removing an object. Situation cues are best identified by remembering your past experiences of particular situations that you usually responded to by:
- Using before the event, such as drinking before a dance, date, or difficult meeting.
- Using during an event or situation to get extra enjoyment, such as holiday celebration, sporting event, relaxing at the beach or having sex.
- Using after an event or situation is over to manage the feelings leftover from the situation such as a family argument or a stressful day at work or school.
Take time now and begin your list of situational cues. For a start, check any of the following that apply to you: