Coping Skills Worksheet for Substance Abuse

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Substance abuse/ addiction is a chronic condition involving compulsive drug and/ or alcohol use that can adversely impact a person’s life including; physical and mental health, family and relationships, employment and finances.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Behavioural therapy is the most utilized type of treatment for addiction that is frequently used during substance rehabilitation. The behavioural therapeutic approach has been adapted into a variety of effective techniques that include:

  • Individual, Group & Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT encourages patients to recognize and change their maladaptive behaviours by introducing healthy and positive coping skills. 

  • Contingency Management (CM)

CM is used to encourage and reinforce sobriety by providing material rewards as motivation for maintaining sobriety.

  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

REBT helps clients identify, challenge and replace their destructive thoughts and convictions with healthier, adaptive thoughts.

  • 12-Step Program

The 12-Step facilitation program aims to promote continued abstinence by engaging people in recovery with 12-Step peer support groups.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet is intended to provide healthy and positive coping skills and provide techniques that will foster long-lasting sobriety.

This worksheet will also help promote recovery through stress management and overall well-being.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used at any time to aid sobriety. You can use this worksheet alone or in a group as a self-evaluation kit to get sober and stay sober.

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