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What will the phrase "one day at a time" mean in addiction counseling?

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Dr. Steven Chen
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In brief: One day at a time

One day at a time is a phrase that means a person with an addiction needs to focus on the present moment.
Addiction leads a person to worry too much about what has happened in the past or what will happen in the future, and you can't change or control the past or future. But you do have the ability to make changes and good decisions in the present. Focus on the here and now. Live in the moment.

In brief: One day at a time

One day at a time is a phrase that means a person with an addiction needs to focus on the present moment.
Addiction leads a person to worry too much about what has happened in the past or what will happen in the future, and you can't change or control the past or future. But you do have the ability to make changes and good decisions in the present. Focus on the here and now. Live in the moment.
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