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Certain variables can increase your impulsiveness and decrease your ability to make well thought out decisions. You can remember them easily with the HALT-acronym: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Try to take care of yourself and your needs.

6.6 Stopping my relapse

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.

Am I hungry?

  • Eat something that raises your blood sugar levels.

  • This can make you feel more emotionally balanced.

Am I angry?

  • Why are you upset/annoyed?

  • Try some rigorous exercise, this can help relieve anger.

  • Try writing about what you feel angry about.

Do I feel lonely?

  • Call a friend or family member.

  • Try to talk to someone close to you about how you feel.

Am I tired?

Take some time for yourself, rest, listen to calming music.

Task 25: Identifying and minimizing the risk of relapse

Each of these variables make us more likely to make poor decisions. If you answer “yes” to any of the options above, follow the suggestions to try to fix the situation immediately. This way you can make better choices and act in the way you want easier.

Before you act, stop and ask yourself:

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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