Looking for fun recovery material?
Created for substance use disorder counselors, this 1-page handout is ideal for individual and group work, either as quick challenge or as a means for discussion. It explores the nature of addiction and relapse.
The first task is simple: Out of these six rock-carrying women, which two are identical? (For more recovery puzzles, please visit the free recovery resources page.)
The second task is much more challenging. There are questions, and lots of them.
- What does it mean to carry addiction along, as if it were a giant rock?
- Why would a person pick up a rock in the first place? It seems like an awful silly thing to do.
- How does rock-carrying change a person?
- How can the woman get rid of the rock?
- What if she finally drops it but hurts her toe?
- What if she can’t drop it — what are her other options?
- If she lets the rock go, how likely is she to pick it back up again?
- What if the rock were decorated and beautiful? How would that make a difference?
- What does this all have to do with substance use and recovery?
- How many of us carry our own symbolic rocks, whether addiction or something else?
Looking for more ways to overcome
a rock a drug or alcohol problem?
Check out the Outside-the-Box Recovery Workbook, a 30-day journey into the world of sobriety, where relapse prevention meets creativity, fun, and the occasional joke. The link takes you to Amazon.