Addiction

Help your clients overcome the pain and destruction that addiction brings to their lives. Download our addiction therapy worksheets for sessions with your adult clients. We offer addiction recovery worksheets, posters, handouts, and much more that help before, during, and after your therapy sessions. We offer addiction worksheets for teens, too.

Thinking About Your Emotional Strengths — This worksheet is designed to help people think about their emotional strengths and how they can bring these strengths to their current problems. It contains a list of strengths for clients to rate, as well as questions about how significant others perceive the person’s emotional strengths. Form Type: PDF (0415) ACT, DBT

bullet Assessments
Do You Have A Problem With Alcohol — This questionnaire asks people to think about their alcohol consumption and if it is a problem. PDF

bullet Brochures
It Feels so Bad, it Doesn’t have to — Facts for teens in families with alcohol abuse or alcoholism. (PDF)

Drinking Too Much Too Fast Can Kill You — This brochure tells basic facts on the problem of excessive drinking. (PDF)

bullet Ebooks
Breaking Free of Addiction — This therapy assignment workbook is designed to give people struggling with drug and alcohol use 42 new tools to help them understand their problems and find permanent solutions that will enrich their lives. 166 pp. (1017)

Anger Management for Substance Abuse & Mental Health Clients — This anger management workbook focuses on clients with substance abuse problems. (PDF Download)

bullet Fact Sheets
Drugs And Your Body — This chart describes how different drugs affect the body. Includes a short quiz on drug facts. PDF

Dangerous Alcohol and Drug Combinations — This fact sheet lists the dangers of combining alcohol with common medications. (PDF)

bullet Forms
Drug Testing Consent Form — This form can be used to obtain consent for drug testing. The form should be modified to fit the needs of the individual therapist or clinic. Words or phrases in red must be modified by the individual therapist. Form Type: MSWord (914)

bullet Poster
Tolerate Stress-Mini-Poster — This mini-post is a humorous reminder that life can be hard at times but we can learn to tolerate our difficulties. PDF (DBT, emotional intelligence, 0616)

bullet Story
Acting Opposite to Your Impulses — If you find that your emotions are causing you to behave in ways which are self-defeating, you can use this worksheet to find out what happens if you do the opposite of what you would normally do. (DBT, CBT, Behavior Program, 1016)

bullet Worksheets
Noticing Your Urges — This worksheet is designed to help clients who have drug and alcohol problems begin to notice their urges and cravings. (addictions, 1017)

Identifying Your Sex Addiction Triggers — This worksheet is designed to help individuals with a sex addiction identify the internal and external triggers that are associated with their addictive behavior. The worksheet also asks individuals to rate the force of the trigger and to think of a way to respond to each trigger with a positive non-sexual activity. (sex addiction, CBT, behavior training, 0517)

Practicing Self-Calming and Self-Caring Techniques — This worksheet is designed to encourage people to practice both self-care and self-calming techniques on a daily basis. The worksheet lists types of techniques are effective in each category and includes a form to record the use of these techniques for 21 days (the time it takes to form a habit). (PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, 0217)

Creating A Better Day — This worksheet is designed to help depressed clients become more active. The first page asks the user to think of various meaningful activities that they enjoy doing. The second page asks the user to schedule at least two activities to do each day for a week. (depression, CBT, 0217)

Controlling Your Urges — This worksheet is designed to help people control their urges by activating the thinking part of their brains and make decisions that will interrupt the cycle of self-defeating behaviors. (addiction, self-control, impulse control, 0816)

The Costs and Benefits of Your Problem Behaviors — This worksheet is designed to help people develop insight into their problem behaviors, including the positive as well as the negative consequences. The worksheet is intended to help people step back from just judging themselves negatively and to see how their problem behaviors play a functional role in their daily lives. This worksheet can be used in writing a CBT oriented treatment plan. (CBT, DBT)

Identifying Addiction Triggers — This worksheet is designed to help people identify the internal and external triggers that can lead to addictive behavior. People are asked to identify the triggers, rate how likely they are to lead to behaviors, and write down positive ways that can handle these triggers. PDF (addiction, CBT)

Positive and Negative Influences — This worksheet is intended to help people evaluate others around them who are positive and negative influences, and to see how these people can benefit or harm them. PDF (peer pressure, addictions, social intelligence).

Accepting Your Mistakes & Moving Forward — This worksheet is designed to help people understand factors that led to a significant mistake and to identify what they can do differently to avoid repeating this mistake. (CBT, 0416)

Soothing Yourself When You Are Upset — Learning to calm down when you are upset is a critical part of emotional intelligence. This worksheet shows seven activities that trigger the production of biochemicals which calm the mind and body A second page asks people to keep track of which activities they use and how these activities affect their mood. PDF (0316, DBT, ACT, emotional regulation)

Take A Break From Stress — Take a vacation from stress and dedicate just one day to living “stress free.” Sometimes this is harder than you think! At the end of the day, think about how you were able to create stress-free time, and how you can apply this to your normal life. Stress is a normal part of life and learning to control and cope with stress is an important part of good mental health. PDF

Focusing On Solutions — This worksheet will help you start thinking about how you solved problems in the past and how your life can be better today when you make even small changes. Focusing on solutions, rather than dwelling on your problem, can open many new possibilities. PDF (solution oriented therapy, problem solving, positive attitude, 0116)

Just 3 Words — This worksheet is designed to help people gain insight into their values and how they incorporate them into their daily lives. PDF (1112, ACT)

Connecting To A Higher Power — This worksheet is designed to help people explore their connection to a higher power, and to think about whether that connection can help them in difficult times. PDF (DBT, 0915

The Miracle Question — This worksheet asks people to think about how their lives would change if a miracle happened and their most pressing problems no longer existed. This exercise can be the start of a conversation to help people see ways to live without being overwhelmed by problems. PDF. (Solution Focused Therapy, quick, 0915)

Create a Positive Self-Portrait — This simple art therapy technique can help people focus on their positive qualities and how these qualities are visible to others. Form Type: PDF (Art Therapy, Quick, 0815).

Write A Letter To Your Problem — This Narrative Therapy technique is designed to help people externalize a specific problem and motivate them to develop new behaviors to help overcome it. (Narrative Therapy, Quick, 0815)

Take A Break — This worksheet encourages people to take a day off from their stress and dedicate that one day to relaxing. Form Type: PDF (Quick, Solution Focused)

What Are Your Positive Psychological Skills? — This worksheet is designed to help people see their positive psychological skills and apply them to their current mental health issues. Form Type: PDF (0815, Solution Focused)

Do Something Different — This simple behavior assignment can help people who feel they are stuck in unhealthy patterns. Form Type: PDF (0815, quick assignment)

Understanding Your Emotions When You Are Upset — This worksheet is designed to help people understand their emotions when they are upset and learn positive coping techniques to handle difficult emotions. Form Type: PDF (0715)

Creating A Personal Mission Statement — This worksheet is designed to help people clarify their purpose in life. The worksheet includes a serious of questions to help people develop a meaningful personal mission statement in just a few sentences. Form Type: PDF (0715)

Coping Cards — These Coping Cards can be used by people who want to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. A useful technique to help in breaking negative habits. Form Type: PDF (CBT, 0615)

Feeling Better Through Spiritual Awareness — This worksheet is designed to help individuals who wish to bring spirituality into their lives as a way to help them with emotional problems and enrich their day-to-day lives. Type: PDF (0515)

Understanding the Messages You Received As A Child — This worksheet is designed to help people examine the explicit and implicit messages they received as children and how these messages affect their self-image and self-efficacy. Type: PDF (0415)

The Cost of Avoiding Difficult Feelings — Some people spend a lifetime trying to avoid the things that cause upsetting thoughts, feelings, sensations, or memories. This can help them manage their symptoms, but it can simultaneously lead to a very restricted and unhappy life. This worksheet is designed to help people identify the things that upset them, think about the things they do to avoid being upset, and think about what life would be like if they could overcome their symptoms. This worksheet can be used as a prelude to Mindfulness and other techniques that help people accept and overcome their symptomatic behaviors. (CBT, DBT, 0415).

Dealing With Shame and Guilt — This form is designed for people who blame themselves as solely responsible for a particular situation or event. The form is intended to help relieve the shame and guilt that make life unbearable. Form Type: PDF (CBT-0415)

Tolerating Upsetting Thoughts & Feelings — This worksheet helps people deal with difficult thoughts and feelings by having them focus on their core values rather than rely on self-destructive symptoms. There are two forms to complete, one to help people identify their core values and another to help them determine how much time they spend in activities that reflect these values. Form Type: PDF (0415-ACT)

Tracking Your Urges — Many people have a difficult time controlling their urges and impulses. This can be a particular problem when people are unable to control their self-destructive behaviors, such as excessive drinking, binging, self-injury, and other dangerous behaviors. This worksheet is designed to help people keep track of their urges and develop strategies to get control over self-destructive behaviors. Form Type: PDF (0315)

Drinking Tracking Cards — Many people with drinking problems choose moderation over complete abstinence, however moderation assumes that people can control their drinking. These cards are designed to help people take responsibility for their drinking by setting a daily goal and keeping track of their actual drinking each day. Form Type: PDF (0315)

Creating An Emotional Emergency Kit — Some people are prone to becoming overwhelmed by their emotions. Usually caused by specific triggers, their intolerable level of emotions may then lead to symptoms, such as panic, alcohol or substance abuse, self-injury, or depression. This worksheet is designed to help people develop a set of positive coping techniques that can help them tolerate difficult emotions and refrain from self-defeating behaviors. (0315)

Looking At the BIg Picture — This worksheet is designed to help people put their problems into perspective. The worksheet takes an art therapy approach, asking people to draw their small problems in little frames and the important things in their lives in the big frame. This worksheet can be a good opening to introduce a discussion about values. Type: PDF (0215)

Preventing and Managing Relapses — This worksheet will assist clients in developing an awareness of when they are at risk for a relapse and how to appropriately respond. Form Type: PDF (121614)

Your Perceptions About Yourself — This worksheet asks clients to think about themselves objectively, based on the facts in their lives rather than on a subjective interpretation of their experiences. This exercise is derived from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Type: PDF (1114)

If the Problem Were A TV Show — This worksheet is a Narrative Therapy technique which can be used to help clients get more perspective on their presenting problem and see that they have the power to change their “life story" Type: PDF (1114)

Life Goals Worksheet — This worksheet is designed to help individuals identify goals in seven broad areas: Health, Financial, Professional, Relationships, Enjoyment, Personal Growth and Community/Spiritual. Type: PDF (1014)

Learning To Self-Soothe — This worksheet is designed to help individuals learn emotional regulation skills. The worksheet asks people to identify activities they can do to calm their emotions and then rate the success of each technique. (DBT)

Recording and Changing Pessimistic Thoughts — This worksheet can be used to help people understand how pessimistic thinking is affecting their mental health. It is designed to record and change faulty thinking in a single day. PDF

Identifying Your Support System — This worksheet is designed to help people identify a support system of individuals they can contact in times of emotional distress. PDF

Controlling Your Moods — This worksheet is designed to help people see that they can influence their moods, positively or negatively, through their activities. Form Type: PDF

Asking For and Giving Forgiveness — This worksheet helps clients think about the importance of forgiveness in their relationships. (Form Type PDF)

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