Kim Rosenthal, MD
Psychiatrist and Author
Welcome to kimrosenthalmd.com, a world where recovery and mental health reign and everyone wins the lottery at least once/year.
I’m Dr. Kim, and my website features over 120+ mental health articles and more than a dozen Outside-the-Box Recovery booklets. Here you’ll find the unexpected: illustrations, cartoons, art therapy, creative writing, puzzles, coloring pages, and an odd sense of humor.
We’re also home to the OTB Recovery movement, the purpose to promote sober living through creativity, fun, and clinically-relevant recovery workbooks, a great resource for providers and their SUD clients! Check out our bookstore for more information.
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Written to for clinicians to use with clients, The Second Outside-the-Box Recovery Workbook offers a unique, friendly, and creative approach to early recovery. It matches evidence-based medicine (primarily the Matrix Model) with something that promotes treatment retention: creativity, fun, and humor!
Recovery can be tough business. As provider and client figure out how to survive the devastation of addiction, it’s vital that people in early recovery know that life without drugs/alcohol is worth it. Recovery needs art, expressive writing, play-acting, and a safe place to grow. It also needs the occasional laugh, doesn’t it? Playfulness even better! Over time readers will find joy in their creativity, a smirk (or groan) at Rosenthal’s quirky jokes, and learn what it takes to establish a sober, new identity. This workbook walks alongside as clinician and clients embark on this journey.
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About the Author
I’ve worked with people with substance use disorders for many years. They tell me quitting drugs is painful. Often they feel broadsided by recovery, the holy grail that comes with lots of rules, lectures from well-meaning family members, and mundane addiction treatment manuals. “Newbies” crave motivation. They need sober excitement and humor. Instead, they struggle with futility. The past is too dangerous to visit. The future is unknown and frightening. The “now” is overrun with obstacles and consequences. Recovery is no easy voyage. It takes strength to survive this journey. Many don’t.
As professionals, we see a high relapse rate. We also lose patients. It’s disheartening. What can we do differently? How can we motivate our clients? How can we spice things up?
I started Outside-the-Box Recovery to help professionals help clients outlive drug and alcohol problems. OTB Recovery walks alongside providers and clients during difficult moments, offering a unique, friendly, and hopeful approach to a challenging task. Together we figure out how to survive the devastation of addiction. Together we laugh a bit and seek joy too. There’s a place for play, even silliness, because early recovery isn’t necessarily filled with humor. But we need humor, don’t we?
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“Dr. Rosenthal’s best strength was her tremendous amount of empathy and humanistic qualities that she showed to all of our patients.”
– Austin Williams, MD. Internal Medicine. Houston, TX.
“Kim Rosenthal has a lively and curious mind linked to vigorous standards of patient care. I have always been impressed with her thoroughness and thoughtfulness in formulating diagnoses and treatment…. I could always count on Dr. Rosenthal to go the extra mile, the extra minute with a patient, a pause for the medical student, time to reflect and wonder with her colleagues. Dr. Rosenthal is multilingual and multicultural, bringing many personal gifts to her work.”
– Kathleen Schwarz, MD. Psychiatrist/internal medicine. Charlottesville, Virginia