Recovery therapy worksheet 

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What is the theory behind this recovery therapy worksheet? 

One of the core elements of recovering from addiction (alcohol or drugs) is consolidating what has been learned in therapy. A recovery plan based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on revising and identifying thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Moreover, it includes the continued formulation of alternate or balanced thoughts as well as adaptive behaviors.

How will the worksheet help?

The primary aim of this worksheet is to help individuals in recovery from addiction recognize and review their triggers and the subsequent thoughts, feelings, and actions that are still acting as barriers to recovery. Moreover, this worksheet will help in consolidating healthier thought patterns learned over the course of therapy.

How to use the worksheet?

Start by identifying triggering events. Then reflect on your current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in response to triggers or life stressors. Challenge the negative thoughts by asking yourself questions like: “Is this thought really true?” or “What evidence do I have to support this thought? Develop alternative, more positive cognition by asking yourself, “Is there a more realistic/healthier way to think about the situation?”  Lastly, more adaptive coping strategies would be identified.   

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