The Emotional Aspects of Addiction – Worksheet 1 (COD)


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Emotional Sobriety Worksheets PDF

This emotional sobriety worksheet pdf lesson includes ten vital relapse prevention techniques.

Many people use alcohol and drugs for a variety of emotional reasons.

They may feel sad, distressed, lonely, upset, happy, frustrated, or bored.

Many emotions produce the thought or compulsion to use or to drink.

This lesson will help you dissect relapse and increase your understanding of the relapse progression.

You will also discover the common emotional urges and the external cues that trigger a return to old patterns of living.

Learn how to better resolve emotional pressure and interrupt the substance abuse cycle.


Emotional pain can be dangerous to your recovery.

We all want relief, to some degree, when we experience distressing emotions.

When the world seems to deliver yet another cold, cruel blow, a reflex action may be to reach for drugs or alcohol in an attempt to feel better.

Uncomfortable emotions can be a trigger to use again.

Understanding and reducing strong and impulsive reactions to soothe those emotions is an important step in long-term recovery success.


Not everyone with substance abuse problems may relate to using when life is negative, sad, lonely, frustrating, boring, or when they are upset.

Instead, when emotions run high in celebration and for positive reasons, they give themselves permission to use.

This happens often when honoring an accomplishment, birthday, wedding, promotion, sporting win, graduation, new birth, or some other success or happy event.


Perhaps you have used alcohol or drugs in response to a wide variety of emotions.

In addition to having emotional prompts, external situations can cue substance use urges.

External circumstances are often triggers, which can lead to relapse.

Consider the following external situations or circumstances that may have led to substance use in the past:

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