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The Addiction Treatment Homework Planner provides an array of ready-to-use, between-session assignments designed to fit virtually every treatment setting and therapeutic mode including individual therapy, family therapy, and group counseling. This easy-to-use sourcebook features:

  • 100 ready-to-copy exercises covering the most common issues encountered by clients suffering from chemical and nonchemical addictions, such as anxiety, impulsivity, occupational problems, and childhood problems
  • A quick-reference format – the interactive assignments are grouped by behavioral problems including alcoholism, nicotine dependence, and substance abuse, as well as those problems that do not involve psychoactive substances, such as problem gambling, eating disorders, and sexual addictions
  • Offers special attention to the patient placement Criteria (PPC) developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). A checklist included in the Appendix helps evaluate clients on each of the ASAM six assessment dimensions
  • Expert guidance on how and when to make the most efficient use of the exercises
  • A CD-ROM that contains all the exercises allows you to customize the exercises to suit you and your clients’ unique styles and needs

Table of Contents

PracticePlanners® Series Preface



SECTION 1: Adult-Child-of-an-Alcoholic (ACA) Traits

Exercise 1.A Addressing ACA Traits in Recovery

Exercise 1.B Understanding Family History


SECTION 2: Anger

Exercise 2.A Is My Anger Due to Feeling Threatened?

Exercise 2.B Is My Anger Due to Unmet Expectations?


SECTION 3: Antisocial Behavior

Exercise 3.A Benefits of Helping Others

Exercise 3.B Taking Inventory of Destructive Behaviors


SECTION 4: Anxiety

Exercise 4.A Anxiety Triggers and Warning Signs

Exercise 4.B Coping with Stress


SECTION 5: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Adolescent

Exercise 5.A Developing a Recovery Program

Exercise 5.B Staying Attentive and Other Negotiating Skills


SECTION 6: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Adult

Exercise 6.A From Recklessness to Calculated Risks

Exercise 6.B Getting Organized

Exercise 6.C Self-Soothing: Calm Down, Slow Down


SECTION 7: Bipolar Disorder

Exercise 7.A Early Warning Signs of Mania/Hypomania

Exercise 7.B Mania, Addiction and Recovery


SECTION 8: Borderline Traits

Exercise 8.A Forming Stable Relationships

Exercise 8.B Seeing That We're All Just Human


SECTION 9: Childhood Trauma

Exercise 9.A Corresponding with My Childhood Self

Exercise 9.B Setting and Maintaining Boundaries


SECTION 10: Chronic Pain

Exercise 10.A Coping with Addiction and Chronic Pain

Exercise 10.B Managing Pain Without Addictive Drugs


SECTION 11: Conduct Disorder/Delinquency

Exercise 11.A How Do You Do That?

Exercise 11.B Trading Places


SECTION 12: Dangerousness/Lethality

Exercise 12.A Anger as a Drug

Exercise 12.B Managing Risk


SECTION 13: Dependent Traits

Exercise 13.A Building My Support Network

Exercise 13.B How Interdependent Am I?


SECTION 14: Eating Disorders and Obesity

Exercise 14.A Creating a Preliminary Eating and Health Plan

Exercise 14.B Eating Patterns Self-Assessment


SECTION 15: Family Conflicts

Exercise 15.A Creating Positive Family Rituals

Exercise 15.B Identifying Conflict Themes


SECTION 16: Gambling

Exercise 16.A Consequences and Benefits

Exercise 16.B Understanding Nonchemical Addictions


SECTION 17: Grief/Loss Unresolved

Exercise 17.A Am I Having Difficulty Letting Go?

Exercise 17.B Moving On After Loss

Exercise 17.C What Would They Want for Me?


SECTION 18: Impulsivity

Exercise 18.A Handling Crisis Without Impulsivity

Exercise 18.B Learning to Think Things Through


SECTION 19: Legal Problems

Exercise 19.A Handling Tough Situations in a Healthy Way

Exercise 19.B What's Addiction Got to Do with My Problems?


SECTION 20: Living Environment Deficiency

Exercise 20.A Assessing My Environment

Exercise 20.B What Would My Ideal Life Look Like?


SECTION 21: Medical Issues

Exercise 21.A Coping with Addiction and Other Medical Problems

Exercise 21.B Physical and Emotional Self-Care


SECTION 22: Narcissistic Traits

Exercise 22.A Being Genuinely Unselfish

Exercise 22.B Getting Out of Myself


SECTION 23: Nicotine Use/Dependence

Exercise 23.A Assessing Readiness and Preparing to Quit

Exercise 23.B Addressing Relapse Triggers

Exercise 23.C Use of Affirmations for Change


SECTION 24: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Exercise 24.A Interrupting Compulsive Thoughts and Actions

Exercise 24.B Reducing Compulsive Behaviors


SECTION 25: Occupational Problems

Exercise 25.A Interest and Skill Self-Assessment

Exercise 25.B Workplace Problems and Solutions


SECTION 26: Oppositional Defiant Behavior

Exercise 26.A Analyzing Acting-Out Behavior

Exercise 26.B Learning to Ask Instead of Demand


SECTION 27: Parent-Child Relational Problem

Exercise 27.A Am I Teaching My Child Addictive Patterns?

Exercise 27.B What Do I Want for My Children?


SECTION 28: Partner Relational Conflicts

Exercise 28.A Communication Skills

Exercise 28.B Relationship Assessment


SECTION 29: Peer Group Negativity

Exercise 29.A Creating Recovery Peer Support

Exercise 29.B What Do I Need and How Do I Get It?


SECTION 30: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Exercise 30.A Coping with Addiction and PTSD or Other Anxiety Disorders

Exercise 30.B Safe and Peaceful Place Meditation


SECTION 31: Psychosis

Exercise 31.A Coping with Addiction and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Exercise 31.B Planning a Stable Life


SECTION 32: Relapse Proneness

Exercise 32.A Early Warning Signs of Relapse

Exercise 32.B Identifying Relapse Triggers and Cues

Exercise 32.C Relapse Prevention Planning


SECTION 33: Self-Care Deficit as a Primary Problem

Exercise 33.A Assessing Self-Care Deficits

Exercise 33.B Relating Self-Care Deficits to My Addiction


SECTION 34: Self-Care Deficit as a Secondary Problem

Exercise 34.A Filling in Self-Care Gaps

Exercise 34.B Working Toward Interdependence


SECTION 35: Self-Harm

Exercise 35.A Understanding Self-Harm and Addiction

Exercise 35.B Self-Harm Risk Factors, Triggers and Early Warning Signs


SECTION 36: Sexual Abuse

Exercise 36.A It Wasn’t My Fault

Exercise 36.B Internal and External Resources for Safety


SECTION 37: Sexual Promiscuity

Exercise 37.A Is It Romance or Is It Fear?

Exercise 37.B Working Through Shame


SECTION 38: Sleep Disturbance

Exercise 38.A Assessing Sleep Problems

Exercise 38.B Improving Sleep Hygiene


SECTION 39: Social Anxiety

Exercise 39.A Understanding Thoughts, Worries and Fears

Exercise 39.B Action Plan to Address Social Anxiety


SECTION 40: Spiritual Confusion

Exercise 40.A Understanding Spirituality

Exercise 40.B Finding a Higher Power That Makes Sense


SECTION 41: Substance-Induced Disorders

Exercise 41.A Using My Support Network

Exercise 41.B Exploring Treatment and Recovery Options


SECTION 42: Substance Intoxication/Withdrawal

Exercise 42.A Coping with Post-Acute Withdrawal (PAW)

Exercise 42.B Using Books and Other Media Resources


SECTION 43: Substance Use Disorders

Exercise 43.A Consequences of Continuing Addictive Lifestyles

Exercise 43.B Alternatives to Addictive Behavior

Exercise 43.C Personal Recovery Planning

Exercise 43.D Taking Daily Inventory

Exercise 43.E Making Change Happen

Exercise 43.F Balancing Recovery, Family and Work


SECTION 44: Suicidal Ideation

Exercise 44.A Problem-Solving and Safety Planning

Exercise 44.B Why Do I Matter and Who Cares?


SECTION 45: Treatment Resistance

Exercise 45.A Addressing Readiness and Motivation

Exercise 45.B Problem Identification: Is It Addiction?


SECTION 46: Unipolar Depression

Exercise 46.A Correcting Distorted Thinking

Exercise 46.B Gratitude


Appendix A Additional Assignments for Presenting Problems

Appendix B Bibliotherapy References

Appendix C Alphabetical Index of Exercises


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