Addiction counselor, creativity guru, and humorist in one, THE OUTSIDE-THE-BOX RECOVERY WORKBOOK balances evidence-based medicine with that right-brained energy needed to survive addiction and create a life worth living.
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 […]
Avoiding suicide: writing a crisis plan An article by Kim Rosenthal, MDKimrosenthalmd.com Sometimes life can be overwhelming, painful even, and you feel like you’ve been run over by a freight train. It’s too much to handle. You feel helpless. You feel hopeless too. Thoughts are dangerous. That’s crisis mode, and that’s when you need to […]
Welcome to the June 2021 Outside-the-Box Recovery Newsletter, where the goal is promote a lust for sober living through art, reflection, humor, puzzles, and other forms of unique *clinically-oriented* recovery material.
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein The term “psychiatric hospital” conjures up images of that age old insane asylum, a long ago place where people were locked away in damp, dirty cells and forgotten by society. Each of these asylums was overcrowded with thousands of […]
Pain is a powerful enemy, but don’t let it dominate your life. Here’s a four-step process to help you take back control.
Dear Doctor Column 1-15-18. Dear Doc, I just had my first baby and now I’m moody and tearful all the time. The doctors say I have the “postpartum blues” and that it’ll get better on its own. What are post-partum blues, and how do I know I don’t have something more serious? Congratulations on your […]
Recovery quiz? Whether you’re looking for a platform to discuss denial, commitment, social support, coping skills, and memory… or simply something fun but therapeutic, this free quiz is what you need!
Guilt is about feeling bad, even disliking ourselves, over something we did or didn’t do in the past. Guilt can be normal: the fact that we feel it proves that we have compassion for others. At the same time, guilt can become so toxic and destructive that it overwhelms, and that’s when it’s time to […]
Do you ever race through life struggling to keep up? It’s about that alarm clock going off in the mornings, a quick jump in the shower, an even quicker rush through breakfast, and the oh-so-disturbing traffic on your way to work when you’re running late. It’s that busy “busy-ness” that pushes you through the day, […]