The best way to understand the zones of recovery is to understand your own zone. To identify your personal needs (and zone-related questions), take this handy-dandy quiz and we’ll talk you through it.
Outside-the-Box Recovery: Replacing Drugs With the Good Stuff The worksheet below is for addiction counselors to use with clients, as well as for anyone who is in recovery. Giving up drugs creates an enormous hole in your life. Beforehand addiction took up most of your time, and now that you’re clean, you often don’t know […]
Coming soon… The Outside-the-BoxRecovery Workbook* by Kim Rosenthal, MD-Psychiatrist Are you in recovery from drugs and alcohol, or do you work with clients who are? When it comes to treatment, do you seek something new, something outside-the-box? What about creativity, humor, artwork, coloring, puzzles, and a super soundtrack? If you’re looking for a light-hearted but paradoxically […]
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.
Let me start by saying I don’t have a definitive opinion about marijuana. I don’t support it. I don’t not support it. I have had patients in the past smoke it legally and effectively. Others ran into problems. Everyone is unique, and I’m not here to judge. But I am here to educate, […]
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 […]
The Outside-the-Box Recovery Relapse Prevention Plan Re-introducing the Outside-the-Box Recovery Relapse Prevention Plan. (This link will take you to the store, where you can download a clean and updated version for free!) The handout includes 4 pages: Page 1 is a checklist identifying warning symptoms and triggers, negative effects of drugs/alcohol, and the good stuff […]
You’re trying to escape an addiction. That could be food, drugs, alcohol, gambling, or smoking. One of the biggest challenges you’re dealing with, especially at the beginning of your recovery, could be those urges to “feed” the addiction. You’re bound to have cravings. It happens to all recovering addicts, and it isn’t easy. But remember, […]