As a Smart Therapist, it is your job to equip the addict with the best tools to navigate the curves, ditches, and pot holes along the way.
One of the best tools available is The Ratio Model for measuring success.
The Old Model—Back To Square One, Again…
When an addict is sober for 4 months and then messes up, he has to start the count all over again. He’s back to square one with 1 day of sobriety under his belt.
The personal weight of having to start over at the beginning is often strong enough for most addicts to say, “Hell, I’ve already screwed up. Why not go all the way and stay here awhile.”
The Ratio Model
What if, instead of starting at square one again, the addict looks at the larger picture.
“Out of the last 4 months I’ve had 120 days of success and only 1 day of failure. That’s a positive ratio of 120:1“
Even though the facts haven’t changed, the focus on the successful days is much more likely to help the addict maintain a positive view of themselves and the sobriety process.
Life Is Not Linear
A ratio perspective is actually a more accurate way of assessing your life.
Life isn’t a race with a specific starting point and ending point. There is no linear comparisons.
Things you’re good at now would never have been possible 5 years ago, because you weren’t the same person back then. You didn’t have the same knowledge, skill set, or support system. You didn’t view life the way you view life now.
It seems a little unfair to use the past as a way to measure the present.
Addicts benefit most by living in the present. Being mindful of who you are, the feelings you’re experiencing, and the power you possess is essential to making it through one more day of healthy choices.
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