Abstinence: Obtain and maintain sobriety,
live a chemical-free life,
cope with life without chemicals.
Controlled drinking: Follow patterns of use that reduce harm.
Stabilize one's health, finances, vocation/school, employment, living arrangements.
Complete a physical examination as prescribed and comply with medical advice. Enhance health and fitness.
Resolve and avoid legal problems.
Develop sober leisure skills. Stabilize one's intimate relationships, marriage, family.
Include significant others such as spouse/partner, children, relatives, friends, etc., in the recovery program as prescribed. Improve social skills, assertiveness, emotional expression, communication.
Improve social support, friendships, social pursuits. Deal/cope with/resolve emotional problems/feelings such as rejection, depression, unresolved grief/mourning, shame, guilt, abandonment.
Improve coping skills, stress management skills, relaxation abilities, self-control.
Enhance self-esteem, confidence, and self-acceptance. Accept responsibility for the consequences of one's behavior.
Improve problem-solving ability, setting of priorities, persistence, frustration tolerance.
Be an active participant in the treatment program by attending/participating in: Scheduled education classes about chemical dependency and the process of recovery.
Scheduled counseling, psychotherapy, and educational groups (e.g. spirituality groups, men's and women's groups, etc.).
Recreational activities to expand pleasures of physical activity, healthy competition, skill acquisition, socializing, interest areas, etc.
Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous/etc, groups to develop a sober support fellowship in the community.
The design and carrying out of a discharge plan that includes plans for employment, a place to live, sobriety.
Become a sponsor, substance educator, role model.
Offer and receive effective constructive feedback in groups. Assume leadership roles in the community.
Interview counselors on how to deal with anger. Interview peers about a positive and a negative quality of oneself.
Prepare an aftercare plan, including a daily plan, home group meetings, and attendance at (#) of meetings per week for a total of (#) meetings/weeks/days.
Recognize and plan to prevent how becoming Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired leads to drinking.
Identify high-risk situations, warning signs, and triggers; rehearse coping responses;
write a relapse prevention plan for oneself; teach relapse prevention to others.
Develop multiple alternatives to chemical use for high-risk situations
Learn and utilize harm reduction approaches