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The Agenda-Setting Chart

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The Agenda-Setting Chart is a tool that helps someone set several goals, the achievement of which will help him or her accomplish a larger, long-term goal.

This chart is especially useful when the main goal requires a person to make multiple lifestyle changes over time, such as maintaining sobriety.

The chart permeates the preparation, action, and maintenance stages within the stages of change; a commitment to change is made, actions are taken to change, and temptation is avoided.

How It Works

The Agenda-Setting Chart is made up of several circles drawn on a piece of paper. Inside each circle is a behavioral change that needs to be made by the addict in order for him or her to successfully maintain sobriety.

Goals that may help an addict stay sober include:

  • Eat right
  • Exercise
  • Avoid acquaintances who use
  • Make new, sober friends
  • Mend relationships affected by addiction

The addict may be asked which area(s) he or she would like to focus on until the next session takes place. Many people have to go through the stages of change several times before the attempt is successful and the change in behavior lasts.

Source: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)