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Stage 3:

The Wall (Days 46 to 120)

The hallmark of The Wall is boredom. Crystal use is often exciting. With dependence, your brain becomes accustomed to high levels of stimulation and sends you messages saying, I need more! These messages are in the form of strong cravings, crystal thoughts, fantasies about intense sexual experiences, boredom, sluggishness, and depression. The key to making it through The Wall is to increase your level of sober activities. The following are some suggestions for dealing with problems you might face when

yo

e at The Wall:

Problems Sluggishness/Depression

Suggested Actions Exercise

Relapse Justification for Drugs and Identifying Relapse Justifications High­Risk Sex Thinking About Using or Returning Thought­stopping

to High­risk Sex Unfocused Activity Loneliness/Boredom Family Problems

Schedule Time Group Involvement Conjoint Counseling

Stage 4:

Adjustment Stage (Days 121 to 180)

The Adjustment Stage typically begins after the fourth month of abstinence. People in this stage say that they get relief from the boredom and the strong cravings for crystal and high­risk sex that they experienced in The Wall. The body has learned to operate without crystal. It is during this period that many of the problems created by long­term substance use need to be addressed:

Problems

Suggested Actions

Relationship Problems Overconfidence Lack of Goals Job/Career Dissatisfaction Boredom with Sobriety Boredom with Sex Life

Relationship Counseling Group Involvement Goal Setting Vocational Counseling Starting New Activities Redefine Meaning of Sex and Sexuality

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Session 13: Addiction & the Brain; Stages of Recovery

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