When I Am Tempted To Use Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on October 2nd, 2019

Worksheet updated on October 7th, 2019

When I Am Tempted To Use Worksheet

When working with clients in recovery from substance use it is important for both the counselor and the client to understand where their temptations stem from. Everyone will have different moments of temptation, and it is not uncommon for a client to be confronted with temptation when they least expect it.

Temptations are very difficult for a client in recovery to resist. It takes a lot of strength and willpower. It can also be helpful to have a plan in place in the event that the client is tempted to use. With a plan, the client is less likely to surrender to temptation, because they will know what to do to remove themselves from the tempting situation.

About This Worksheet

This is the When I Am Tempted To Use worksheet. On this worksheet, the client is asked to focus on their moments of temptation. They are asked to reflect on their lives and lifestyle to pinpoint the moments of highest risk of relapse.

Upon reflection, the client works with the counselor to develop a plan of action. Having a plan helps a great deal because it provides a means of overcoming the temptation in the moment. This worksheet is great for adolescents and adults to use in the moment of temptation. It is best utilized in individual sessions.


Before starting the worksheet, explain its purpose. Ensure that the client understands that their task is to identify their temptations and develop a plan to overcome them.

Complete the worksheet with the client. This is not a homework exercise or an exercise that a client should complete on their own. Work with the client to brainstorm different ways to develop a plan for handling their temptations.

When complete, provide the client with a copy for reference. Save a copy for yourself to refer to as well.

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