seemingly irrelevant decisions
(Monti, Abrams, Kadden & Cooney, 1989, Segal et al., 2002)
On the surface, many of our choices don’t seem to have anything to do with drinking or using, or feeling depressed. Although our decisions may not directly involve substance use or depression, they may slowly move us closer to these behaviours or feelings.
It is often through “seemingly irrelevant decisions” that we little by little work our way closer to a high-risk situation that could bring on our symptoms or lead to drinking/using.