Overview of Session 4: Skill Topic 2, Understanding Marijuana Use Patterns Total Time: 1 hour Delivery Method: CBT-focused individual therapy Materials (all forms except form 1A, which is in Section V, are at the end of this section): • Marijuana Use Self-Awareness Record (form 4A) • Learning New Coping Strategies (form 1A) • Future-Self Letter…

The counselor welcomes the client and provides an overview of the session. In this session, the counselor draws on information from previous sessions to increase the client’s understanding about use patterns. Explore the Development of Addictive Patterns The counselor asks the client to look closely at his or her behavior, environment, and beliefs to identify…

The counselor welcomes the client and provides an overview of the session. In this session, the counselor supports the client’s experience and efficacy in making desired changes. Give Reasons for Focusing on Cravings The counselor gives the client Coping With Cravings and Urges (form 5A) and explains the importance of recognizing cravings: Counselor (C): Cravings…

Complete Exercises The counselor introduces the following exercises: C: Make a list of craving triggers. Circle the triggers that you can avoid or to which you can reduce your exposure (such as having marijuana in your home). Make up a craving plan. Pick two or three of the general strategies that were discussed and plan…

Overview of Session 6: Skill Topic 4, Managing Thoughts About Marijuana Use Total Time: 1 hour Delivery Method: CBT-focused individual therapy Material (form is at the end of this section): • Managing Thoughts About Marijuana (form 6A) Goal for This Session: • To identify and learn to cope with automatic thoughts associated with marijuana use…

The counselor welcomes the client and provides an overview of the session. In this session, the counselor helps the client manage thoughts about marijuana use. Reinforce That Thoughts About Marijuana Use Are Normal The counselor discusses the relationships among thoughts, feelings, and using marijuana: Counselor (C): For people who have smoked marijuana for a long…

Discuss Automatic Thoughts and Strategies for Coping The counselor describes situations that may trigger automatic thoughts or thoughts that could lead to a lapse: Counselor: Nostalgia.Some people who formerly used marijuana remember using nostalgically, as if marijuana were an old friend. For example, “I remember the good old days when I’d go out dancing and…