The teenage brain is susceptible to addiction, and forming those patterns in adolescence can have a major negative impact on their adult years. Help your clients develop resources to overcome addiction with our addiction recovery resources. We offer therapy worksheets, handouts, assessments and other therapy resources to help you work with your clients in and out of session. Check out our resources for teens below as well as our addiction therapy resources for adults, too.

Thinking About Your Emotional Strengths — This worksheet is designed to help people think about their emotional strengths and how they can bring these strengths to their current problems. It contains a list of strengths for clients to rate, as well as questions about how significant others perceive the person’s emotional strengths. (0415, ACT, DBT)

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Do You Have a Problem with Alcohol? — This questionnaire asks people to think about their alcohol consumption and if it is a problem. (alcoholism, alcohol abuse, addiction, 0514)

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It Feels So Bad, It Doesn’t Have To — Facts for teens in families with alcohol abuse or alcoholism. (addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse)

Drinking Too Much Too Fast Can Kill You — This brochure tells basic facts on the problem of excessive drinking. (PDF)

A Message to Teenagers: How to tell when drinking is becoming a problem — This brochure helps teens see signs of problem drinking. (PDF Download)

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Drugs And Your Body — This chart describes how different drugs affect the body. Includes a short quiz on drug facts. PDF

Dangerous Alcohol and Drug Combinations — This fact sheet lists the dangers of combining alcohol with common medications. (PDF)

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Recognizing Drug Abuse In Adolescents — The highly detailed hand-out is a must have for all parents of teens. It includes information on what parents should look for if their teen is taking certain drugs, and how each drug would affect someone using it. Prepared by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Form Type: PDF 914

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Tolerate Stress Mini-Poster — This mini-poster is a humorous reminder that life can be hard at times but we can learn to tolerate our difficulties. (DBT, emotional intelligence, 0616)

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Acting Opposite to Your Impulses — If you find that your emotions are causing you to behave in ways which are self-defeating, you can use this worksheet to find out what happens if you do the opposite of what you would normally do. (DBT, CBT, Behavior Program, 1016)

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How Do You Deal with Emotional Pain — This worksheet is designed to help people build resiliency by understanding how they react to emotional pain. (0421, resiliency, awareness, self-perception)

Tarjetas para Efectuar Cambios Positivos — These Coping Cards can be used by people who want to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. A useful technique to help in breaking negative habits. Spanish Version. (Spanish, 0221, negative thinking)

Stopping the Cycle of Self-Hatred — This worksheet is designed to help people become aware of their critical inner voice that can lead to self-hatred. The worksheet asks people to identify their self-statements and change them to more realistic and forgiving statements. (depression, self-criticism, automatic thoughts, CBT, 100720)

Using a Pros and Cons List to Control Your Urges (Distress Tolerance) — This worksheet is designed to help people identify the consequences of both acting on and resisting their harmful urges. This DBT Distress Tolerance technique is intended to help trigger the cognitive processes that can help people in impulse control. (DBT, distress tolerance, 1119)

See the Big Picture — This worksheet is designed to help people regulate emotions by seeing the big picture rather than on just focusing on the negative aspects of a situation. The exercise is designed to help people evaluate problems accurately and objectively. (DBT, emotional regulation, 1019)

Recovering from Addiction with the HOPE Technique — This worksheet describes the HOPE Technique to help people in their recovery from addiction. The technique includes: healing, openness, patience, and openness. (alcohol addiction, drug addiction, healing, 0419)

DBT-Introduction to Emotional Regulation — This worksheet is designed to help people learn the DBT skills of identifying feelings, then observing and naming them as a way of helping to regulate emotions. (emotional regulation, depression, bi-polar disorder, 0419)

Treat Yourself Like a Good Friend — This worksheet is designed to help people understand the importance of self-compassion and to treat themselves as they would a good friend. (depression, anxiety, addiction, prevention, 032719)

What To Do If You Lie Too Much — This worksheet is designed for people who lie frequently and who wish to find a positive alternative to this behavior. (addiction, 0319)

Stretching Out of Your Comfort Zone — This worksheet is designed to help motivate people to change by moving out of their comfort zone. It can be useful with a variety of problems, from addictions to anxiety disorders. (motivation, 0219)

Stages of Change — This worksheets describes a 5-step model which can help people consider whether they are ready to make a significant change in their lives. (0119, motivation)

Reasons Not to Use — This worksheet encourages people to make a list of the reasons that they shouldn’t be using alcohol or drugs if they have problems with addiction. They are encouraged to create a list that would be visually appealing so that they will look at it often. (1118)

Compassionate Reframing — This worksheet is designed to help people reframe their self-criticism and develop a more compassionate attitude towards themselves. People are asked to think about the critical words they use to describe themselves and to substitute their put-downs with more compassionate thoughts. (self-esteem, self-talk, self-image, 1018)

Responding and Not Reacting to Feelings — This worksheet is designed to help people respond to difficult situations in a positive way rather than mindlessly reacting in ways that might be self-destructive or destructive to others. (0718, anger control, addictions, impulsivity)

Handling Social Events That Might Trigger Addictions — This worksheet is designed to help people who have problems with alcohol and drug use prepare for social events. The worksheet helps people P.L.A.N., which means: prepare, listen, acknowledge, and say no. (addiction, substance abuse, 0218)

Practicing Self-Calming and Self-Caring Techniques — This worksheet is designed to encourage people to practice both self-care and self-calming techniques on a daily basis. The worksheet lists types of techniques are effective in each category and includes a form to record the use of these techniques for 21 days (the time it takes to form a habit). (PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, 0217)

Creating a Better Day — This worksheet is designed to help depressed people become more active by identifying and scheduling various meaningful activities they enjoy doing. (depression, CBT, wellness, 0217)

Developing Your Nurturing Inner Voice — This worksheet is designed to help people replace a critical inner voice with a more nurturing one. It asks the user to imagine a caring person in his or her life and internalize what this person is saying along with the feelings these statements engender. (PTSD, depression, CBT, 0117)

Controlling Your Urges — This worksheet is designed to help people control their urges by activating the thinking part of their brains and make decisions that will interrupt the cycle of self-defeating behaviors. (addiction, self-control, impulse control, 0816)

The Costs and Benefits of Your Problem Behaviors — This worksheet is designed to help people develop insight into their problem behaviors, including the positive as well as the negative consequences. The worksheet is intended to help people step back from just judging themselves negatively and to see how their problem behaviors play a functional role in their daily lives. This worksheet can be used in writing a CBT oriented treatment plan. (CBT, DBT)

Identifying Addiction Triggers — This worksheet is designed to help people identify the internal and external triggers that can lead to addictive behavior. People are asked to identify the triggers, rate how likely they are to lead to behaviors, and write down positive ways that can handle these triggers. PDF (addiction, CBT)

Positive and Negative Influences — This worksheet is intended to help people evaluate others around them who are positive and negative influences, and to see how these people can benefit or harm them. (peer pressure, addictions, social intelligence)

Accepting Your Mistakes and Moving Forward — This worksheet is designed to help people understand factors that led to a significant mistake and to identify what they can do differently to avoid repeating this mistake. (CBT, 0416)

Soothing Yourself When You Are Upset — Learning to calm down when you are upset is a critical part of emotional intelligence. This worksheet shows seven activities that trigger the production of biochemicals which calm the mind and body A second page asks people to keep track of which activities they use and how these activities affect their mood. (0316, DBT, ACT, emotional regulation)

Take a Break from Stress — Take a vacation from stress and dedicate just one day to living “stress free.” Sometimes this is harder than you think! At the end of the day, think about how you were able to create stress-free time, and how you can apply this to your normal life. Stress is a normal part of life and learning to control and cope with stress is an important part of good mental health.

Focusing On Solutions — This worksheet will help you start thinking about how you solved problems in the past and how your life can be better today when you make even small changes. Focusing on solutions, rather than dwelling on your problem, can open many new possibilities. (solution oriented therapy, problem solving, positive attitude, 0116)

Just 3 Words — This worksheet is designed to help people gain insight into their values and how they incorporate them into their daily lives. (values, 1112, ACT)

Connecting to a Higher Power — This worksheet is designed to help people explore their connection to a higher power, and to think about whether that connection can help them in difficult times. (DBT, spirituality, 0915)

The Miracle Question — This worksheet asks people to think about how their lives would change if a miracle happened and their most pressing problems no longer existed. This exercise can be the start of a conversation to help people see ways to live without being overwhelmed by problems. (Solution-Focused Therapy, quick, 0915)

Create a Positive Self-Portrait — This simple art therapy technique can help people focus on their positive qualities and how these qualities are visible to others. (art therapy, 0815).

Write a Letter to Your Problem — This Narrative Therapy technique is designed to help people externalize a specific problem and motivate them to develop new behaviors to help overcome it. (Narrative Therapy, Quick, motivation, problem-solving, 0815)

Take a Break — This worksheet encourages people to take a day off from their stress and dedicate that one day to relaxing. (stress management, quick, solution- focused)

What Are Your Positive Psychological Skills? — This worksheet is designed to help people see their positive psychological skills and apply them to their current mental health issues. (0815, Solution-Focused)

Do Something Different — This simple behavior assignment can help people who feel they are stuck in unhealthy patterns. (0815, quick assignment, behavior change)

Understanding Your Emotions When You Are Upset — This worksheet is designed to help people understand their emotions when they are upset and learn positive coping techniques to handle difficult emotions. (0715)

Creating a Personal Mission Statement — This worksheet is designed to help people clarify their purpose in life. The worksheet includes a series of questions to help people develop a meaningful personal mission statement in just a few sentences. goal-setting, personal meaning, motivation, 0715)

Coping Cards — These Coping Cards can be used by people who want to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. A useful technique to help in breaking negative habits. Form Type: PDF (CBT, 0615)

Feeling Better Through Spiritual Awareness — This worksheet is designed to help individuals who wish to bring spirituality into their lives as a way to help them with emotional problems and enrich their day-to-day lives. (spirituality, 0515)

The Cost of Avoiding Difficult Feelings — Some people spend a lifetime trying to avoid the things that cause upsetting thoughts, feelings, sensations, or memories. This can help them manage their symptoms, but it can simultaneously lead to a very restricted and unhappy life. This worksheet is designed to help people identify the things that upset them, think about the things they do to avoid being upset, and think about what life would be like if they could overcome their symptoms. This worksheet can be used as a prelude to Mindfulness and other techniques that help people accept and overcome their symptomatic behaviors. (CBT, DBT, 0415).

Dealing with Shame and Guilt — This worksheet is designed for people who blame themselves as solely responsible for a particular situation or event. The form is intended to help relieve the shame and guilt that makes life unbearable. (CBT, shame, guilt, 0415)

Tolerating Upsetting Thoughts & Feelings — This worksheet helps people deal with difficult thoughts and feelings by having them focus on their core values rather than rely on self-destructive symptoms. There are two forms to complete, one to help people identify their core values and another to help them determine how much time they spend in activities that reflect these values. (0415, ACT)

Drinking Tracking Cards — Many people with drinking problems choose moderation over complete abstinence, however moderation assumes that people can control their drinking. These cards are designed to help people take responsibility for their drinking by setting a daily goal and keeping track of their actual drinking each day. Form Type: PDF (0315)

Creating an Emotional Emergency Kit — Some people are prone to becoming overwhelmed by their emotions. Usually caused by specific triggers, their intolerable level of emotions may then lead to symptoms, such as panic, alcohol or substance abuse, self-injury, or depression. This worksheet is designed to help people develop a set of positive coping techniques that can help them tolerate difficult emotions and refrain from self-defeating behaviors. (addiction, self-injury, impulsivity, prevention, 0315)

Looking at the Big Picture — This worksheet is designed to help people put their problems into perspective. Taking an art therapy approach, people draw their small problems in little frames and the important things in their lives in the big frame. This worksheet can be a good opening to introduce a discussion about values. (values, art therapy, problem-solving, 0215)

Your Perceptions About Yourself — This worksheet asks clients to think about themselves objectively, based on the facts in their lives rather than on a subjective interpretation of their experiences. This exercise is derived from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, 1114).

If the Problem Were a TV Show — This worksheet is a Narrative Therapy technique which can be used to help clients get more perspective on their presenting problem and see that they have the power to change their “life story." (narrative, therapy, problem-solving, 1114)

Life Goals Worksheet — This worksheet is designed to help individuals identify goals in seven broad areas: Health, Financial, Professional, Relationships, Enjoyment, Personal Growth and Community/Spiritual. (goal setting, 1014)

Learning To Self-Soothe — This worksheet is designed to help individuals learn emotional regulation skills. The worksheet asks people to identify activities they can do to calm their emotions and then rate the success of each technique. (DBT, emotion regulation, 0614)

Recording and Changing Pessimistic Thoughts — This worksheet can be used to help people understand how pessimistic thinking is affecting their mental health. It is designed to record and change faulty thinking in a single day. PDF

Identifying Your Support System — This worksheet is designed to help people identify a support system of individuals they can contact in times of emotional distress. (support system, social networks, depression, stress management)

Controlling Your Moods - Full or Empty Tank? — This worksheet is designed to help people see that they can influence their moods, positively or negatively, through their activities. (0614)

Asking For and Giving Forgiveness — This worksheet helps people think about the importance of forgiveness in their relationships. (forgiveness, 0314)

Learn About Feelings — Use this worksheet to help kids and teens talk about basic feelings.Form Type: PDF

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