Begin planning for how you are going to remove the cues on your list from your life. It’s not enough to just make a list of your cues, you must remove them. If you think this is not necessary, remember the previous times you tried to reduce or stop using. This time you will succeed, you are going to take all the necessary steps, one at a time. Begin by removing or having a trusted friend remove your cue items from your home, car, and place of work. This positive action will reduce your risk of relapse.
Start with your personal belongings. How many of them are cues? Get rid of them, whether they are the key chain, the CD you love to get high to or the movie you watched over and over while you drank. Ditch them. Throw them out. They aren’t worth keeping. Your health, happiness, and success are so much more important now.
If you don’t want to be exposed to some cues, get a friend to remove cues from your home, work or school. Think about the people who are most supportive of you and your goal to build a new life. Choose one or two of these people with whom you feel it is safe to share your cue list. Call them and ask them to go to your home, and get rid of these things on your list. Do the same for work or school. Tell these “helping people” that you never want to see these items again. Have them get rid of your stash of drugs, posters, or ashtrays. Empty the alcohol cupboard. It’s your list. Don’t delay, get on with it.