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(p. 166) Making Safe Decisions 

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date: 16 January 2021

When making any decision, large or small, do the following:

  • Consider all your options.

  • Think ahead to the possible outcomes of each option.

    • What positive consequences can you anticipate?

    • What negative consequences can you anticipate?

  • Choose the safest option—that is, the option that will minimize your risk of relapse. If you decide to choose a risky option, plan how to protect yourself while in the high-risk situation.

Practice Exercise

Think about a decision you have made recently or are about to make. The decision could involve any aspect of your life, such as your job, hobbies, friends, or family. In the space below, write down the “safe” choices that would decrease your odds of relapsing, and the “unsafe” choices that would increase your odds of relapsing:

Decision to be made:

Safe choices:

Unsafe choices: