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In Session 1, you identified a substance to abstain from for a period of four weeks during this course. The assignment was designed to help you experience some of the feelings and thoughts that

In Session 1, you identified a substance to abstain from for a period of four weeks during this course. The assignment was designed to help you experience some of the feelings and thoughts that addicted individuals experience when they quit their drug of choice.

In this session, you will submit a reflection paper on your personal experience with participating in the Abstinence Project.

You must break your paper down into the following sections:
Introduction

Identify the specific habit/behavior that you worked to change. Include descriptions of at least the following:
The reason(s) why you decided to work to change that habit/behavior.
The reason(s) why you had not previously worked to change that habit/behavior (that is, reasons you maintained the status quo).
What stage of change you were at regarding the habit/behavior before completing this project. Include your rationale for stating you were at that stage of change and what your hypotheses were going into this project regarding how the habit/behavior developed, was maintained, and might be changed.
Methods

Include descriptions of at least the following:
The specific goals and objectives you had for yourself going into this project. Your goals must be behaviorally anchored and objectively measurable. In your objectives for accomplishing your goals, you must include evidence-based techniques when such techniques are available. Include information on how you measured progress and on the rationale for each goal and each objective. Whenever possible, use research evidence to support your rationales.
Information regarding any individuals who helped support you through the self-improvement process.
Results

Include descriptions of at least the following:
How well you met each goal and objective. To support your points, include both self-report data and reports from other sources (e.g., family, friends, coworkers, etc.). Remember to make these reported results behaviorally anchored as much as possible.
How much or how little the support of others played into your ability to meet your goals and objectives. State how such support helped and/or hindered your progress.
Whether you had any “slip-ups,” “lapses,” or “relapses,” and if so, what they looked like behaviorally and how/whether you were able to “get back on track.”
Discussion

Include descriptions of at least the following:
Whether your hypotheses were confirmed or disconfirmed.
Whether and how you were impacted by the experience of completing this project.
Whether and how others in your circle of influence (e.g., family, friends, coworkers) were impacted by the experience of you completing this project.
What you learned about self-improvement (the change process) and about yourself through completing this project.
What strengths and coping resources you drew upon in your completion of this project.
What obstacles and limitations hindered your ability to complete this project.
Whether, how, and why some techniques proved more helpful to you in the completion of this project than other techniques.
Whether your results were consistent with what you might expect based on prior theory and research evidence.
What contributed to any shifts in your motivation to change the habit/behavior, how it contributed, and why it contributed.
What you would do differently if you could go back and complete this project over again and why.
Conclusion

Briefly summarize what you are taking away from this experience and how it may or may not assist you in conducting addictions counseling with clients.

In Session 1, you identified a substance to abstain from for a period of four weeks during this course. The assignment was designed to help you experience some of the feelings and thoughts that
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