Anxiety and addiction worksheet

What is the theory behind this Anxiety and addiction worksheet?

In order to avoid anxiety, people tend to distract themselves in a destructive way.

These are called maladaptive coping strategies. One of these strategies is alcohol consumption. But people with anxiety disorders have frequent and consistent anxiety. That is why, according to research, Their anxiety disorder is comorbid with alcohol addiction most of the time. Alcohol addiction also leads to anxiety related symptoms. Thus, the individual is trapped in a never ending vicious cycle of two mental health disorders, occurring simultaneously.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet targets both anxiety and addiction in the clients. It will help them make sense of the cause of their anxiety and assess how likely it is the trigger of their addiction.

How to use this worksheet?

To use this worksheet, think about the things in your life that cause anxiety. Then think about the times of the day when you are likely to drink in order to avoid thinking about these factors. Use this worksheet for your daily reminder regarding triggers and vulnerable times. 

Anxiety and addiction worksheet


Wolitzky-Taylor, K., Operskalski, J. T., Ries, R., Craske, M. G., & Roy-Byrne, P. (2011). Understanding and treating comorbid anxiety disorders in substance users: review and future directions. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 5(4), 233-247.

Stewart, S. H., & Conrod, P. (Eds.). (2007). Anxiety and substance use disorders: The vicious cycle of comorbidity. 

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