Substance Abuse Safety Plan Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Substance Abuse Safety Plan Worksheet?

Relapse is a common concern for individuals who have recovered from substance use. In particular, the risk for relapse increases during emotionally vulnerable moments, in the presence of identifiable triggers. This is because many individuals use substance as an escape from emotional pain. It is therefore important to make a safety plan to deal with the urge to start using drugs again. A safety plan is an evidence-based strategy to avoid relapse.

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet utilizes self-reflection, social support, and professional support as protective against harmful substance use. Individuals can refer to this worksheet when they have a strong urge to use drugs in times of emotional distress. By working through the worksheet, they can cope with stressful situations better, evaluate the pros and cons of use, and access healthier options to deal with distress.                                                                   

How to use the worksheet?

Simple take a print out of the worksheet, complete it, and review it whenever there is a strong urge to use a substance. You will need to focus on the following aspects : 1) Trigger identification 2) Reasons for quitting 3) Benefits of quitting 4) Healthy coping strategies 5) Avenues for professional help. 6) Negative consequences of substance use. Rate the urge to use substance before and after reviewing this worksheet.  

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