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  • 1.

    Positive behaviors that you initiate and bring into your life (like regular exercise, going to group and individual therapy appointments, scheduling your days, etc.) to maintain your recovery process.

  • 2.

    Avoidant behaviors or decisions to cut out specific behavioral patterns from your life (for example, being on the Internet or visiting chat rooms at night; visiting bars, bookstores, or sexual venues; avoiding certain people).

Both types of anchors help provide stability in your recovery.

Maintaining Recovery

Use the Anchors in Recovery Chart to identify and monitor the behaviors that are holding your recovery in place. Follow these guidelines when filling out the form. Identify 3 or 4 specific behaviors, people, places, or things that are now helping you stay clean. Include items such as exercise, group

and

therapist appointments,

scheduling,

self­help

meetings,

eating

patterns, etc. Do not list attitudes. They are not as easy to measure as behaviors. Try to have at least a couple of anchors for sex behaviors and a couple for crystal­related behaviors. Those that work for both sex and crystal are your most stable anchors and should be used as much as possible.

Anchors

Sex, Crystal, or Both

Date

Date

Date

Date

1. 2. 3. 4.

The checklist should be completed regularly (at least weekly). When two or more items cannot be checked, it means that relapse drift may be happening. Sometimes things happen in life to distance you from your anchors. Vacation, illnesses, and holidays are things you cannot control and may cause such drift. Many people relapse during these times. Use the chart to show when you are more likely to relapse and decide what to do to keep this from happening.

Session 18: Relapse Analysis

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