Where did you come from?
If you’ve reached this page out of the blue, welcome and thanks for visiting! The following is a detailed overview of psychiatrist Dr. Kim Rosenthal’s book, the Outside-the-Box Recovery Workbook (OTB Recovery). The book will be available summer of 2021.
If you’re NOT here out of the blue, welcome back! Here’s a recap:
What is the OTB Recovery Workbook?
OTB is a book for people in recovery. First of three workbooks, it engages the reader in a 120-page journey through a world where sobriety comes with a personal cheer-leader. It’s hard work. It’s about recovery and survival skills. It’s also playful and creative, awash with cartoons, artwork, unusual math equations, poetry, coloring, and a flare of the bizarre.
(Okay, we’re kidding about the math equations.)
What’s the purpose? To stay clean and sober. To seize the NOW. And, when ready, to seize the FUTURE.
The OTB Recovery Workbook is written for people in early to late recovery. It’s also for providers to use with clients. It can be used as a primary therapy-driven workbook or as a supplement to other therapies, including 12-step programming.
Types of Worksheets
As mentioned, the workbook is the first of three books. Each book is divided into 30 sections, one for each day. Topics range from understanding addiction, change, and coping skills to sober alter egos, movie-writing, and art therapy. There’s a Relapse Prevention Plan, as well as a “What to Do if You Relapse” Appendix. Other worksheets include an What is Recovery, Emergency Urge Management Card, Dealing with Triggers, How to Find Friends, Mending Broken Relationships, and much more!
A little more about “Outside-the-Box” worksheets: They’re evidence-based
When combined with mainstream treatment, creativity therapy has been shown to increase treatment retention. It keeps treatment interesting. It motivates. But creativity does much more. It improves mood, well-being, and abstinence rate. It gives people a safe place to process life challenges. It’s also a doorway to discovery. Amidst the challenges of sobriety, the reader finds themselves.
From the OTB Recovery Workbook, “How to take care of an OTB Workbook:”
“The first step: Open the workbook. (Since you’re reading this sentence, we assume the book is already open. We’re excited about your progress!) Next, grab a pen, turn to page 1, and fill in the blanks. There are questions to answer, lists to make, mazes to solve, and poetry to be written. A warning: OTB Recovery Workbooks get moody when ignored. They’re given to copping an attitude and playing late-night goth/industrial techno at top volume when abandoned. Treat with loving care.”
Here’s an excerpt from an imaginary “Dear Dr. Rosenthal” Section:
Question: “Dr. Rosenthal, why don’t you write a book about something interesting, like racecars or shoes or ponies? Or a romance? Why don’t you write a romance novel? Does it always have to be about Recovery?”
Answer: “Thanks for asking. That’s next on our agenda, the Outside-the-Box Recovery Workbook of Race Cars, Shoes, Ponies… and Recovery.” It’s scheduled for publication…eventually. (Sorry, we shy away from romance novels.)”
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That’s it for now! Return to the main OTB Recovery Workbook page.