Drugs & Alcohol Workbook

Substance and Alcohol Abuse
Practitioner Support
Direct Work Adults

Posted: 11 January 2019
Website: https://www.brainline.org/

This workbook is designed to be a resource for
the following user groups:
• Counsellors with little experience in substance use should find enough
information and examples in each chapter to have meaningful conversations
with their clients about substance use and its effects. However, the workbook
is not intended to be a replacement for consultation with counsellors in
substance abuse.
• Counsellors with little experience in acquired brain injury should find that the
structured, written presentation and concrete examples will help clients to
compensate for memory impairments and other cognitive difficulties.
However, consultation with an acquired brain injury professional is strongly
• The multiple choice and checklist format of self-assessments is designed to
facilitate self-assessment for persons whose cognitive difficulties make
answering open-ended questions difficult.


How to use this workbook 
Introduction to substance use and acquired brain injury

Section 1 Understanding the addiction cycle

Chapter 1 Getting ready for change
Chapter 2 My top 5 reasons for change
Chapter 3 The effects of drugs and alcohol
Chapter 4 The ABCs of substance use
Chapter 5 Thoughts, feelings and substance use
Chapter 6 First things first. Ideas to get started
Chapter 7 Saying no to alcohol and drugs
Chapter 8 Coping with cravings

Section 2 Tools to use during recovery

Chapter 9 Journaling
Chapter 10 Being in groups
Chapter 11 Setting realistic goals

Section 3 Understanding yourself and your relationships

Chapter 12 Being your own best friend
Chapter 13 Building self esteem
Chapter 14 Building healthy relationships
Chapter 15 Building a support network

Section 4 Coping strategies for life

Chapter 16 Assertiveness
Chapter 17 Dealing with boredom
Chapter 18 Coping with strong feelings
Chapter 19 Relaxation
Chapter 20 Problem-solving
Chapter 21 Staying healthy

Section 5 Pulling it all together

Chapter 22 Goal setting for recovery
Chapter 23 Learning from lapses

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