There are some things you can do while you are waiting for an appointment, especially when you know what you want to do. It is possible to start on your goals before you come in.
Printable Goal/Tip Sheets:
Decisional Balancing – You are now starting a treatment program that wants YOU to make the DECISIONS and take the lead. We will help you along the WAY but it is up to you to CHART your own course and stick to your RESOLUTIONS. Download PDF.
Coping With Boredom – Many people who use drugs and alcohol are concerned that when they stop using they won’t have any fun or relaxation in their lives. Boredom is often described as a trigger to use substances. Download PDF.
Healthy Breathing – By the time most of us are adults our breathing has become constricted. Through life’s stresses, shallow and erratic breathing can become a habit. Download PDF.
Journaling – What is journaling? Journaling is a way to keep an on-going record of your life. In recovery, journaling can be used to keep an on-going record of your progress. Download PDF.
Refusing Drugs & Alcohol – When you quit using drugs and alcohol, one of the highest risk situations you may experience is being offered a drink or urged to use a drug. Just saying no requires some practice and in many cases is not enough. Download PDF.
Rewards w/ Take Home Tool – Recognize yourself? Using alcohol/other drugs is often associated with rewards. Now that you are abstaining, it is VERY important that you develop a reward system that does not include alcohol/other drugs. Download PDF.
The DESC Model For Assertive Communication – This is a communication formula which can be useful in dealing with conflict and confrontational situations. Use it as a guide and fit it to your own style of communicating. Download PDF.
Daily Monitoring Substance Form – This helpful form includes “Alcohol Use: Total # of drinks, Did you use drugs today?, Situations related to Primary substance use or urges, Thought and feelings related to primary substance use or urges, and more ..”. Download PDF.
Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Change – One of the first steps toward successfully changing your drug use is to reach a clear decision that you want to change. In this exercise, you are asked to think about the good and not-so-good things about quitting drinking/drug use versus continuing to drink/drug use. Download PDF.
Change Questionnaire – What is the change you are considering? Examples: I want to make this change. I could make this change. There are good reasons for me to make this change. I have to make this change .. etc . Download PDF.
What changes do you want to make?
You can ask yourself: If you are not certain about your goals, this is a time for you to start to think about why you want to make changes. This is a time to think about what changes you might want to make.
- Do I want to quit using all substances?
- Do I want to quit using some substances but not all?
- Do I want to reduce my use?
- Do I want to learn about safer drug or alcohol use?
- Do I just want to ask someone some questions?
Remember there are no wrong reasons to want to change. It is okay to change alcohol or drug use a little bit or a lot. It’s also okay to say that you don’t want to change right now but you’d like some information for when you do want to.
You are welcome at ADSTV no matter what your decisions are and you can come back again if the timing is not good for you right now.
How do I know if I have a problem?
If you think you want some information about changing your use of substances, think about the following questions:
- How is my use of substances affecting my life?
- How are things changing for me?
- What has changed about me?
- Is anyone else concerned about my use?
- What have they been saying?
- Am I hurting anyone by using substances?
- If I were to change my use of substances, can I think of anything that might be better?
- How is my health?
- How am I doing financially? Am I spending too much money?
- Have my other habits changed because I am using substances?
- How have they changed?
- What have I tried in the past and did it help?
A common screening tool that is used to see if there’s cause for concern is called the CAGE – AID Questionnaire. It asks four questions about alcohol and drug use:
- (C) Have you ever tried to cut down your consumption of alcohol or drugs?
- (A) Do you get angry or annoyed if others suggest that you should cut down or quit?
- (G) Do you ever feel guilty about your use?
- (E) Have you ever had an eye-opener? (a drink or drug later to help with the withdrawal symptoms or hangover).
When you ask yourself the CAGE-AID questions you can think about your answers and your reaction to the questions. The four questions can help you think about what your goals are.
Another question to ask is “Does it take more (of the drug or alcohol) than it used to get the same effect?” if you answer “yes” to this you may be experiencing what is called “tolerance”. Tolerance develops when you use a substance like alcohol or a drug and your get used to the effect and so you can use more of it.
Drug Alcohol and Gambling Readiness Ruler