Problem-solving is a great way of working out which tools are best to use in any given situation.

Problem-solving is an important skill that you will be able to learn and use in lots of situations that occur everyday.  These situations include those that may be a threat to your goals or put you at high-risk for drinking, using, bingeing, or feeling more depressed, worried, and so on. 

These high-risk situations can be specifically about drugs, such as being in a group where drugs are freely available.  Or, they can develop from thoughts or feelings, in our relationships with other people (e.g. arguments) or they can be more general, like money concerns. 

No matter what the situation is, it is important to work through problems that occur in day-to-day life as they happen, rather than to ignore them or deal with them on impulse. 

Stress from an unsolved problem could easily lead to drug/alcohol use or to an increase in depression, anxiety or other problems.  It is important to recognise these high-risk situations as problems, and take some time to work out and think through the best solutions for you.  Some of these solutions will include practical skills and behaviours, and others may involve other approaches dealt with in other skill modules, such as Taking Control of Thoughts, Worrying Productively, and so on.

Problem-solving teaches you to call up all the tools you have and to create more than one solution to a problem situation.

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