Some good reminders from Gorski
Complete exercises to show you how to use the warning signs in you recovery are in The Relapse Prevention Counseling (RPC) Workbook.
Phase 1: RETURN OF DENIAL
During this phase the dependent person becomes unable to recognize and honestly tell others what he or she is thinking or feeling. The most common symptoms are:
1. Concern about well being.
2. Denial of the concern.
Phase 2: AVOIDANCE AND DEFENSIVE BEHAVIOR
During this phase the dependent person doesn’t want to think about anything that will cause painful and uncomfortable feelings to come back. As a result, he or she begins to avoid anything or anybody that will force an honest look at self. When asked direct questions about wellbeing, he or she begins to become defensive. The most common symptoms are:
1. Believing “I’ll never drink again.”
2. Worrying about others instead of self.
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