Prompts for Your Addiction Recovery Journal

Journaling is a very effective way to express your thoughts while keeping them private. It allows you to discuss difficult things, track your progress, reflect, and hold yourself accountable. Your journal is a safe space for you to be as candid as possible without worrying about being judged. It is a great way to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and practice emotional awareness. Here is a list of prompts you can use: 


  1. What are your short and long-term goals for recovery? How will you achieve them?

  2. Write a letter to your addiction.

  3. Talk about something or someone that you have lost because of addiction. 

  4. What does gratitude mean to you? What are you grateful for?

  5. You have an opportunity to talk to your childhood self. What would you like to say?

  6. Do you need forgiveness for something? Do you need to forgive someone? 

  7. What is something that you are afraid of? How can you overcome that fear?

  8. What have you learned about addiction since you started recovery? How will that knowledge help you later in your recovery?

  9. Write about a healthy relationship that you have had in the past. What did you learn from that relationship that you can apply to new relationships?

  10. What is something that makes you feel self-conscious? Confident? 

  11. What triggers your desire to use substances, and how can you overcome it?

  12. What have you learned about yourself since you started recovery? 

  13. What have you learned about addiction since you began your recovery process?

  14. What has been the most difficult and the most rewarding part of recovery?

  15. What do you want people to know about you?

  16. List three or more challenges or obstacles that you have overcome since you began treatment. How did you overcome them?

  17. Do you have aspirations for the future? If so, what are they and how will your sobriety contribute to achieving those aspirations? 

  18. Write a goodbye letter to your addiction.

  19. What is something that you are proud of? 

  20. Reflect on the past 31 days. What are 10 things you have learned since the start of your recovery process? 


Journaling is a form of self-care, especially during recovery. It is a safe way for you to share your innermost thoughts and memorialize your journey to sobriety. Writing in your journal is a self-reflective exercise that challenges you to be emotionally vulnerable. There will be times where you will feel overwhelmed by your thoughts or feelings. Journaling can help you process those thoughts by connecting you with your emotions.  If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or would like more information on our services, call Valiant Living today to speak to a caring, trained staff member at (303) 952-5035.