Self-forgiveness in Recovery Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Self-forgiveness in Recovery Worksheet?

Self-forgiveness is a much needed skill to have if one ever wants to move on from their mistakes. It is the only way to protect one’s mental health from self-criticism and self-blame which can further hamper any chances of moving on. Self-forgiveness is specially needed in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse otherwise the resulting negative emotions such as shame and guilt can cause relapse or addiction to worsen. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will prompt clients struggling with drug or alcohol abuse to take a step towards self-forgiveness. It will prompt them to write self-forgiveness affirmations for themselves everyday for a week. It will help them remind themselves that self-forgiveness is a necessary part of their journey towards recovery. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used by therapists or counsellors dealing with clients who are in the process of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, particularly those who are showing signs of shame and guilt. Instruct them to come up with a self-forgiveness affirmation each day for a week. Also instruct them to place the worksheet somewhere they can see everyday as a reminder of their self-forgiveness journey. 

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