Regardless of why you gave in to the urge to use, an evaluation is helpful way to reflect. Performing an evaluation allows you to identify triggers and habits, understand how and why cravings happen and find new ways to cope with urges.
Evaluating the Cycle
If you've reached this point, it's essential to understand how the cycle started and how you responded so you can make better decisions in the future.
- Start by identifying triggers that may have led to an urge. Were they external, such as people, places, or activities? Or were the triggers internal thoughts or emotions?
- Next, consider what you could have done to prevent exposure to the triggers or to control the urge itself. Ask yourself if there were warning signs? What were they?
- Finally, create a strategy that will help you manage your drug use in the future.