Addiction was a central part of your life, and now that you’re not actively using, you’re grieving the loss of the old and familiar while trying to get used to an unclear future….
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.
We wish it were as easy as: “QUIT, yay, it’s over.” It ain’t. Quitting is more than just quitting. It’s about lifestyle change. This 2-page worksheet is a start at just that purpose…
Questions about substance abuse and addictionSubstance 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. […]
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 […]
I stand amidst a gaggle of Big Tobacco engineers, and someone slips a vial of clear liquid into my hand. A voice utters three important words: “This is nicotine.”
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, […]
Addiction handouts, relapse prevention plan. This is an “alternative” two-page worksheet helping people in recovery maneuver through those difficult moments. Page one focuses on identifying warning symptoms and triggers, reviewing negative effects of drugs/alcohol, and the exciting effects of staying clean/sober. Page two is aimed at urge management. Ideally the handout would be filled out […]