It’s very common for people who have problems with drugs and alcohol to have underlying chemical imbalance that results in mood disorders. People may be using alcohol and drugs to self-medicate in an attempt to control mood swings resulting from depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Someone who has a chemical imbalance and…

Form 4A Marijuana Use Self-Awareness Record As a way to increase awareness about your patterns of use, we’ll use this form to identify the kinds of situations, thoughts, feelings, and consequences that are associated with your marijuana use. It may be difficult initially, but once you get accustomed to paying more attention, you will become…

Form 4E Boredom Management Optional Exercise For many people who use marijuana, boredom is a trigger to smoke. Sometimes it is boredom associated with a tedious or uninteresting job. Perhaps it is a way to fill weekday evening hours after dinner but before bedtime. At other times, getting stoned is a way to spend a…

Form 5C Daily Record of Urges To Use Marijuana Date Situation (include your Intensity of Cravings Coping Behaviors Used thoughts and feelings) (1–100) Form 6A Managing Thoughts About Marijuana Here are several ways of managing thoughts about marijuana: • Challenge your thought: Do you really need to use? • Think of the benefits of not…

Form 9F Assertiveness Remember the following points in practicing assertiveness: Take a moment to think before you speak. Be specific and direct in what you say. Pay attention to your body language (use direct eye contact; face the person you’re addressing). Be willing to compromise. Restate your assertion if you feel that you’re not being…

Marijuana Treatment Project MTP was funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in 1997 and conducted in three States (Connecticut, Florida, and Washington) over a 3-year period. MTP compared two active treatments with a delayed treatment control condition (Stephens et al. 2002). One active treatment consisted of nine individual counseling sessions delivered over a…

Initial Contact With Clients Receptionists and assessment staff members should be aware of the program’s advertisements, public service announcements, or other activities so that they can respond knowledgeably and professionally to telephone inquiries. Research participants report that any initial resistance or confusion by the treatment facility leads to a breakdown in the initiation process. A…