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Problem Solving

Good problem solving skills are necessary and important in recovery. Remember, problems often lead to relapse.

There are nine steps to problem solving:

Pinpoint: specify or define, exactly what is the problem. You must know what the problem is before you can solve it. Discuss the problem in terms of your feelings and what triggers those feelings.

Example: “I feel angry when your bunkie borrows my things without asking.”

Analyze: break the problem apart; examine it, investigate it.

Questions to ask:

  1. How long has it been going on?
  2. Is it something that happens all the time or just once?
  3. What events take place when the problem occurs?
  4. Why is it happening and what will happen if it is not solved?
  5. Does this only happen to others or me also?

Brainstorm: think of all your options or ways that you can deal with this. Search for solutions. Be creative. Think of at least three options and write them down.


Judge the quality of each option. Decide which option is the best to help solve the problem.

Questions to ask:

  1. How much time is required?
  2. How much effort is required?
  3. What things or people do you need to solve this problem?
  4. What are the consequences?

Writing down this information can be helpful.

Select: after looking at all your options; choose the best.

Plan: develop a blueprint for your choice. Create a step-by-step plan.

Questions to ask:

  1. When should I carry out my plan?
  2. How long will this take?
  3. What obstacles will get in my way?

Discussing your plan with others may be helpful.

Implement: carry out the option.

Evaluate: Judge your choice to see how it worked.

Questions to ask:

  1. What were the favorable consequences? Were they what I expected?
  2. What were the unfavorable consequences and did I expect them?
  3. Am I satisfied with the results?

Stop or shift: At this point, you can stop if you are satisfied or you can shift and choose another alternative if you did not like the results of your plan.

Patrick Boyce Federal Mitigation Specialist at NCIA is an expert in the field of prison consulting and a 2003 graduate of the RDAP program. Successful RDAP eligibility, admissions and support maximizes ones chances of a sentence reduction and early release. Timing is critical with the ever changing and complex requirements surrounding what documentation is deemed acceptable for RDAP admission, it is extremely important to contact us as early in the process as possible. For a free no-obligation case analysis contact Patrick now!

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