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Here you can find a checklist which aims to help you recognize your progress and maintain your new direction even in difficult times.

Checklist

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

Recognize your progress on your new path

  • Recognize the ways in which you have progressed. Compare your current situation to the one you started from.

  • Recognize what skills and methods have helped you on your journey.

  • It is important to practice continuously. Repetition strengthens change.

Try to implement what you have learned also to the other problem areas of your life

  • Remember that thoughts are just thoughts and you can change your approach to them.

  • Set goals for yourself so that you can recognize thoughts and decisions that are relevant for the desired end goal.

  • When difficult feelings arise, it is important that you stick to the goal you have set.

Recognize and challenge unrealistic expectations when they arise

  • Recognize unrealistic expectations (e.g., “I will never feel the urge to watch CSAM ever again”).

  • Progress includes continuous movement, and sometimes that movement is backwards especially in times of stress or sudden moments of adversity.

Moving backwards / relapse is not a catastrophe

  • Practice seeing a step back as an opportunity to hone your skills and practice the things you have learned so far: “This kind of a situation is surprisingly difficult for me. How could I manage it better in the future?”

Checklist

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

What is a self-help program?

  • it is based on treatments that have been shown to be effective in treatment

  • it consists of different sections

  • it includes information and exercises to help you manage your everyday life and symptoms

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