Identifying Highrisk Situations

Using Dianne's diary we identified the most important high-risk situations: staying at home alone and feeling sad or worrying about household chores. We introduced different ways of coping with craving, the two most important being getting involved in some distracting activity and talking about it with someone who can support you.

During these first weeks Dianne was relatively successful in remaining abstinent. Sometimes she would lapse into a one-day drinking episode but the next day she would be able to restrain herself from further drinking. Much time was spent relabelling these 'failures'. Rather then focusing on failure we tried to shift attention to the antecedents that had made Dianne drink in the first place (adding them to the behavioural analysis) and which thoughts/actions had helped her the next day to restrain herself.

Exploring EFT

Exploring EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It works to free the user of both physical and emotional pain and relieve chronic conditions by healing the physical responses our bodies make after we've been hurt or experienced pain. While some people do not carry the effects of these experiences, others have bodies that hold onto these memories, which affect the way the body works. Because it is a free and fast technique, even if you are not one hundred percent committed to whether it works or not, it is still worth giving it a shot and seeing if there is any improvement.

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