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Therapy worksheets related to Substance Use for Adults

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Tips for Avoiding Relapse
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Tips for Avoiding Relapse

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Clients who have recently achieved sobriety from their addiction, or those who have struggled with relapse, will benefit from this printout. This worksheet includes ten brief tips to help clients avoid relapse. We suggest picking out a few items from the list that you believe apply to your client to discuss in greater detail...
Relapse Prevention Plan (Version 2)
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Relapse Prevention Plan (Version 2)

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Creating a relapse prevention plan will be an important part of recovery from addiction. This worksheet provides a template for clients to list coping skills, social support, and the possible consequences of relapse. Additionally, there are several tips for your clients to refer to such as: "Cravings will eventually pass...
Building Discrepancy
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Building Discrepancy

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During motivational interviewing the clinician attempts to build discrepancy between the client's current behavior and their desired behavior. Use this motivational interviewing worksheet as a tool to work toward this goal. Help your clients understand how their current drug and alcohol use affects the important areas of their life, and imagine how things might be different if they end their use...
Daily Mood Chart
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Daily Mood Chart

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Use the daily mood chart worksheet alongside CBT interventions to help clients practice recognizing the links between their environment, thoughts, and feelings. Every two hours your client will record the emotions they experienced (we suggest asking them to rate the intensity from 1-10), and make note about what was happening during that time...
Weekly Mood Chart
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Weekly Mood Chart

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Mood tracking is a useful technique for clients who are having difficulty identifying the source of negative emotions. Patterns in mood might be difficult to detect day-to-day, but they will jump out from a completed mood chart. Ask your client to carry this sheet with them for a week and jot down a few words in each square...
The Human Brain (Diagram)
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The Human Brain (Diagram)

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A basic brain diagram can be a versatile tool that fits in with almost any topic. We especially like to use this diagram to help describe how the brain changes during normal development and during drug use. Discussing the normal development of the brain can be valuable for parents who are having difficulty understanding their child's behavior, or for teenagers who are struggling with addiction which hinders their brain's development...
People, Places, and Things
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People, Places, and Things

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Use this substance use worksheet to educate clients about how people, places, and things can act as triggers for cravings. Let your client identify their own triggering people, places, and things and list them within this template. This worksheet can be effective for starting conversation about triggers in groups...
Triggers and Coping Skills
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Triggers and Coping Skills

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Discussions of triggers and strategies to avoid or manage them are essential in the treatment of addiction. This worksheet approaches the topic by asking clients to discuss people, places, and things that act as triggers related to drug use. Next, the client is asked to come up with strategies to help avoid the risk of relapse should they encounter these triggers in the future...
Stages of Change
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Stages of Change

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The stages of change (precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse) depict the typical course of recovery when dealing with addictions. The stages are frequently taught in conjunction with substance abuse treatments. When clients understand the stages of change they are more likely to plan for risks such as relapse...
Relapse Prevention Plan
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Relapse Prevention Plan

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Your clients will have more success avoiding relapse with a strong plan to help them get through life. A good relapse prevention plan will help your client recognize when they are at risk, and it will give them several ways to navigate these experiences successfully. This relapse prevention worksheet provides a bare bones structure for creating such a plan...
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