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Exercise #9:  
Evaluating Your Denial Management Skills

In this exercise you will evaluate how well you learned the skills needed to recognize and manage your denial.  Learning to identify and manage your denial is not easy, but it is a necessary first step in learning how to recover from serious alcohol and drug problems.  Learning to manage your denial will require hard work and a willingness to use each exercise in this workbook as a tool for self-examination and self-change.  It will also require you to apply the skills while looking at the problems that forced you into treatment, examining your life and addiction history, and evaluating the addiction symptoms that you have experienced. You can recover.  Learning how to manage your denial will help. 

The ultimate test of whether you have benefited from this training will be your ability to identify and stop your denial and start identifying and solving your problems.  This evaluation will help you to identify your areas of strength and weakness so you will be able to improve your overall skill at managing your denial. 

Iím going to ask you a series of questions to help you to evaluate your level of skill before completing these exercises and your current level of skill after completing these exercises. 

1.         What did you want from completing these exercises?

2.         Did you get what you wanted?  Please explain your answer:

3.         What are the most important things that you learned about yourself by completing this workbook?

4.         What will you do differently as a result of completing this workbook? 

5.         The following questions will help you to rate your skills at managing denial.

Skill #1:         Understanding Denial As A Part Of The Human Condition:  I am able to explain why denial is a normal part of the human condition <DMC Exercise #1>

Skill #2:         Understanding The Principles Of Denial Management:  I am able to explain the basic principles of denial management 
<DMC Exercise #2> 

Skill #3:         Recognizing Your Denial: I know the denial patterns that I tend use most frequently and can recognize when these denial patterns get turned on.
<DMC Exercise #3>

Skill #4:         Managing Your Denial:  I can stop my denial quickly when it occurs and focus on identifying and solving my problems.
<DMC Exercise #4>

Skill #5:         Stopping Denial As You Think About Your Problems:  I can stop using denial as I think about the problems that caused me to get help, how those problems are related to alcohol and other drug use, and what will probably happen if I keep using alcohol or other drugs.
<DMC Exercise #5>

Skill #6:         Stopping Denial As You Think About Your Life History: I can stop using denial as I think my history of significant life events and how my use of alcohol or other drugs is related to those events.

Skill #7:         Stopping Denial As You Think About Your Addiction Symptoms:  I am able to stop denial as I review the symptoms of addiction that apply to me.
<DMC Exercise #7>

Skill #8:         Stopping Denial As You Decide What To Do Next:  I can stop using denial as I think about what I need to do next to deal with my alcohol and drug problems.  
<DMC Exercise #8>

Skill #9:        Overall Skill At Managing High Risk Situations: How would you rate the changes in your overall ability to recognize and stop denial quickly and refocusing upon identifying and solving your problems?  Why did you rate your changes in skill levels this way?

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