Substance abuse counselor, creativity guru, and humorist in one, the Wacky & Wonderful Recovery e-Booklet series balances serious recovery work with artwork, cartoons, puzzles, and the occasional chuckle. The worksheets are designed and illustrated by psychiatrist Dr. Kim Rosenthal. Click on each image to see sample pages.
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1. An (Unusual) Intro to Quitting Drugs.
This 15-page booklet is an entertaining but clinical set of worksheets meant to help people with addiction get closer to the idea of quitting. That means silly quizzes, crossword puzzles, word searches, cartoons, and a few bad jokes. The handouts are written for providers to use with their clients, as well as for individuals who are looking for an unusual way to approach drug cessation.
The mini-book includes 7 handouts that explore:
- Reasons to stop using
- Types of treatment
- What you can do to head towards recovery
- Definition of substance use disorder
- Education about addiction and quitting
- Stages of recovery
- Problem thoughts that make quitting difficult
2. Mourning the Loss of Addiction
This artsy-fartsy 13-page e-book is written for people in recovery, for those who struggle with the complexities and aftermath of using. It’s written to help the reader let go of the past while aiming for a worthwhile future. It’s about grief. It’s about appreciating the now. It’s also about inspiration, dreams, and future.
3. Recovery Fun:
Lighthearted supplements for hard recovery work
Everyone knows: Recovery is hard work. Especially in the beginning, there’s little play, little joy, and little fun stuff to get things going.
This 14-page booklet presents several lighthearted handouts to lighten the load, all centered around recovery. They range from “find the matching pair” to coloring, and a few things in between. Providers can use the worksheets as an introduction to addiction work, warm-ups for group therapy, or a fun option for homework.
Booklet worksheets include:
- Don’t abuse drugs: Find the two that are identical
- Say no to drugs: Find the two that are identical
- Take meds as prescribed: Find the two that are identical
- Abusing drugs is bad: Which is identical to the original?
- The future happens one day at a time: Maze
- Recovery 1 coloring
- Recovery 2 coloring
More Wacky and Wonderful lighthearted supplements coming soon, including the draw-a-sober-person personality test, recovery memory games, unusual sobriety drawing methods, and additional puzzles.
4. Quit Smoking the Fun Way
Not sure where to go next? Check out the upcoming WW Recovery Workbook and our blog, “Mental Health and You.” You’ll find the links below.
Addiction counselor and creativity guru in one, the Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook (WW) takes you on a 90-day journey to find yourself, reach for a worthwhile future, and share a chuckle or 2 along the way.
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