Despite its name, the Booklet for People Who (Maybe) Wanna Quit is written for addiction counselors to use with clients.
Our patients are often contemplative about drug-cessation, even pre-contemplative, but there aren’t many workbooks directed towards those who are still using. What’s available tends to be very dry. Why consider recovery when quitting is a set of boring worksheets?
Here motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychoeducation meet cartoons, artwork, and humor. There’s no pressure. There’s no requirement to quit. The book explores drug cessation as a possibility, and the reader is left to decide on his or her own.
The booklet contains 20 pages of handouts. These include topics like
- Problems with drug use
- The pro’s and con’s of using
- What quitting might look like
- The benefits of recovery
- Taking on pro-drug thoughts
- Coming up with alternatives to using
- What to do if you don’t want to quit
What’s different is the booklet’s outside-the-box, irreverent approach, where drawing stick figures (cognitive restructuring), replacing words like “drug” with “mother-in-law” (psychoeducation), coloring (mindfulness), and a “Ludicrous Emergency Quit Card” (it’s just funny) are all part of the treatment plan.