Coping with cravings worksheet


Coping is the way we deal with and attempt to overcome problems and difficulties. It is the way individuals learn to deal with difficult situations.

Cravings on the other hand are intense, urgent, or abnormal desires for something.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Cravings are complex and can be generated from several cues (e.g., food, alcohol, drugs). 

The cognitive labelling model of craving is a variant of the cognition-arousal theory of emotion. According to this theory, an emotional experience results from the interaction between physiological arousal and a cognitive interpretation of the arousal. 

This model implies that different cues (e.g., the sight of a bar) can generate conditioned physiological arousal (e.g., a racing heart). The cues then activate the mental processes (e.g., previous drinking memories) that identify the situation as a setting for drinking.

The stronger the physiological cues, the stronger the craving generated should be.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

Learning to cope with different cravings can help improve mental and emotional well-being.

People who are able to adjust to cravings through productive coping skills or mechanisms are less likely to experience anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used at any time you experience an abnormal desire for something.

You can also use this worksheet when you’re dealing with uncomfortable emotions or daily stressors.


Coping with cravings worksheet

  1. What are some of your external triggers for cravings?

Example., places (bar)

  1. Identify your internal triggers to cravings.

Example., stress

  1. What do you do when you are feeling stressed?
  1. How do you distract yourself from cravings?
  1. What techniques can you adopt to distract yourself from cravings?
  1. Question your thoughts.

List the positive and negative benefits of responding to your cravings.

  1. Identify ways you can develop healthy coping skills to overcome your cravings.


National Library of Medicine. (© 2022). Coping Mechanisms. Available at: [Accessed November 02, 2022]

National Library of Medicine. (© 2022). Cognitive Concepts of Craving. Available at: [Accessed November 16, 2022]

Skills You Need. (© 2011-2022). Coping Skills. Available at: [Accessed November 02, 2022]

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