Addiction Self Help Tool

Coping Skills: Addictions
The Coping Skills: Addictions worksheet categorizes essential skills into five major areas: Social support, diversions, building new habits, prevention, and managing emotions. It offers a summary of each skill and its role in reducing the risk of relapse. This informative sheet serves as a basis for client interaction, encouraging them to focus on their preferred coping skills and develop specific implementation strategies in their lives to support sobriety. Read More
Habit Plan
Creating new healthy habits is integral to achieving long-term goals. The Habit Plan worksheet guides clients in developing a habit plan by connecting a new habit to an existing one and establishing a reward system for successful completion. Clients can keep their plans visible and track progress, with regular check-ins and adjustments as needed. This handout teaches the formula for habit planning, which can be adapted and recorded in various convenient formats, such as journals or digital apps. Read More
Building New Habits
The Building New Habits: Tips Sheet offers practical guidance for creating and sustaining healthy habits. This worksheet presents eight actionable tips that can be discussed in individual or group settings and easily implemented. It recommends starting with small changes, linking habits to existing activities, and celebrating successes. Habit-building is a valuable approach in various interventions, including behavioral activation, relapse prevention, and self-improvement, promoting consistency in new behaviors and replacing unwanted ones. Read More
Relapse Prevention Plan
The Relapse Prevention Plan worksheet assists individuals in addiction recovery by creating a comprehensive plan that includes coping skills, social support, and potential consequences of relapse. It also offers helpful tips such as managing cravings and avoiding risky situations. Encourage clients to keep their relapse prevention plan accessible for reference during cravings or when facing triggers, making it a valuable tool in maintaining sobriety. Read More
Stages of Change
The Stages of Change worksheet serves as an educational tool to help clients understand the recovery process, applicable not only to addiction but also to other difficult changes. It summarizes each stage using straightforward language, facilitating group discussions and promoting a comprehensive understanding of the process of change. Clients can gain insight into the challenges and progress they may encounter along the way to recovery. Read More
Substance Use Motivation Ruler
The Substance Use Motivation Ruler is a valuable tool based on motivational interviewing principles. It helps clients assess their motivation to end substance use on a scale of 1 to 10. Through open-ended questions like "What led you to choose this number?" and "What would it take to move up a point on the scale?" therapists can engage clients in conversations that build congruence and explore their motivations for change, encouraging a client-centered approach to treatment. Read More
Tips for Avoiding Relapse
The Relapse Prevention Tips worksheet offers ten brief tips to help clients avoid relapse in their journey to recovery. Therapists can select specific items from the list that are relevant to each client and discuss them in more detail, especially regarding developing plans for high-risk scenarios. This worksheet can also serve as a valuable discussion tool during group therapy sessions, fostering conversations about relapse prevention strategies and offering support for those in recovery. Read More
The Triggers worksheet is a versatile tool that introduces clients to the concept of triggers, helps them identify their own triggers, and prompts them to develop strategies for avoidance or coping. This worksheet can be applied to various treatment issues such as anger management, substance use, or relationship difficulties, making it a valuable resource for therapists addressing trigger-related challenges with their clients. Read More
Urge Surfing Script
Urge surfing is an effective technique for managing behaviors like substance use, emotional outbursts, and unwanted impulses. This Urge Surfing Script provides language and guidance for a guided session of this technique. Clients are led through mindful awareness of their urge, visualization of an ocean scene, deep breathing practice, and the idea that they can recognize their thoughts and feelings without acting on them. Urge surfing can be incorporated into various therapeutic approaches, including addictions treatment, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Read More
When I am Tempted to Use
The When I am Tempted to Use worksheet is a valuable tool to help clients recognize and respect triggers for substance use. It includes a list of common triggers and blank space for clients to identify their own personal triggers for relapse or cravings. Therapists can use this worksheet to initiate discussions with clients about strategies to avoid or manage these triggers effectively. Additionally, it can serve as a useful conversation starter in group therapy sessions, facilitating discussions about triggers and relapse prevention strategies. Read More