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.
Wacky and Wonderful Recovery: Replacing drugs with the good stuff The worksheet below is for people in recovery from substance abuse. Giving up drugs creates an enormous hole in your life. Suddenly there’s something missing. Beforehand drugs took up most of your time, and now you don’t know what to do with yourself. Sound familiar? […]
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 worksheet below is a rough copy of our Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Pamphlet, “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 […]
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, […]
This coloring maze is featured in the upcoming Wacky & Wonderful Workbook for Recovery.
Substance abuse affects everyone involved, not just the addict. The addict’s personality has changed. They tend to lie and ask for money and care little about quality time with those who care about them. They may do and say things that upset others and leave the family ashamed or angry. Blood relationships and friendships are […]