Or: what do you know about the drugs people abuse? “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.” –Kurt Cobain Perhaps you’re here because you’re an addict questioning the safety of your drug, or your have a daughter or neighbor with an […]
Many addicts say it’s harder to quit than keep using. To stay sober and clean, they need to face overwhelming challenges: tremendous guilt, low self-esteem, isolation, an irate family, problems finding work, and the demand that they change their lives and attitudes and belief systems… it would seem easier to simply keep using.
Originally created for the Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook (hopefully available in 2021 or 2022, hopefully), these coloring pages are available for free on kimrosenthalmd.com. Return to the Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook page.
You’ve quit drugs. You’ve struggled and made it. The first few days, weeks, even months haven’t been easy. Between facing the past, surviving the present, and taking on an unknown future, sobriety can be overwhelming. Amidst all the chaos, you have to figure out who you are without drugs and alcohol. Who is this “new […]
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the formal definition of meltdown is a “disastrous situation” where a nuclear reactor core overheats and melts, with potential for widespread harm. It turns out nuclear reactor cores and humans both have meltdowns when overstimulated. For humans, a meltdown is an “emotional breakdown.” These breakdowns are loud, angry, scary, […]
Children sometimes develop funny “habit movements,” where they shrug their shoulders, jerk their head, or sniff repeatedly without reason. If you ask the child why they’re moving that way, the answer is usually, “I dunno.” These habits are called motor tics, and they typically go away on their own. But not always. Rarely the tics […]
The worksheet below is a rough copy of our Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Pamphlet, “Relapse Prevention Plan.” (This link will take you to a clean version you can purchase right away.) The handout includes 2 pages of check-lists meant to quickly help people in recovery maneuver past triggers and cravings. Page 1 focuses on identifying warning symptoms […]
Depression is more than feeling sad or going through a difficult time. It’s a debilitating clinical condition that requires medical care. If not treated, depression can cause significant problems — or death. Here are five questions everyone should be asking about depression. What exactly is depression? Depression can present differently depending on the person, but […]