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 Rosenthat’s book Weird and Wacky Workbook for Recovery (WW). If fate and motivation allow, the book will be available in 2020. Hopefully. For a general introduction to WW, visit the Weird and Wacky Workbook page.
If you’re NOT here out of the blue, welcome back! Here’s a recap:
What is WW?
WW is a workbook for people in recovery. It engages the reader in a 16-week journey through a world where sobriety comes with a personal cheer-leader and everything always turns out okay. It’s hard work. It’s also playful and creative. The workbook is awash with cartoons, artwork, poetry, unusual math equations, and a flare of the bizarre. It’s about recovery work and survival skills. It’s also about poetry and coloring. Actually the book’s got a lot more: recovery plans, alter egos, fiction-writing, puzzles, idiomatic phrases, and drawing. What’s the purpose? To stay clean and sober. To seize the NOW. And, when ready, to seize the FUTURE.
If you’re looking for an evidence-based, 12-step friendly but muse-inspired approach to sobriety, you’re in the right place. Join us for this journey. Abstinence is embraced and treasured. But strength, inspiration, and the plain silly are oh-so-important too.
WW is written for people in early to late recovery. It’s also for providers to use with clients.
Types of Worksheets
There are different types of worksheets.
(1) The complicated version. Handouts fall into multiple categories, including basic journaling, warm-ups, recovery work, coping skills, creativity, cognitive jungle gym, breathers/breaks, random comments, quizzes, and the 12-step corner. There’s a recovery plan. There’s also a “What to do if you relapse” plan.
(2) The simple version. Worksheets can be divided into two groups. “Mainstream” and “outside-the-box.”
Let’s stick with the second version.
Mainstream handouts are based on current clinical practice. That includes motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, coping skill training, cognitive & dialectical behavioral therapies, the MATRIX model, mindfulness, and other contemporary interventions. Studies show this stuff works. Specific handouts include
- Emergency urge management
- Dealing with triggers
- Mending broken relationships
- Practicing mindfulness
- Dealing with boredom
Outside-the-box worksheets include brain exercises, coloring mindfulness, and art, writing, poetry, journaling, and narrative therapies. This group includes worksheets like
- Creating an alter ego
- Picasso drawing
- Coloring sheets
- Writing poetry and fiction.
- Getting to know yourself after recovery
- Coloring Handout
- Coloring Handout 2 (to be posted soon)
- A puzzle: finding the mask that matches
- The QUIT plan
- Writing a screen play (to be posted soon)
- Samples from the WW Booklet on Tobacco Cessation (coming soon)
A little more about “outside the box” worksheets: they’re weird and wacky but evidence-based
Studies show that brain exercises (cognitive rehabilitation) and creative arts therapy reduce risk of relapse.
Creative art therapy. When combined with mainstream treatment, creativity improves mood, well-being, and abstinence rate. It gives people a safe canvas to process life challenges. Creativity is also a doorway to discovery. Amidst the challenges of sobriety, the reader finds themselves.
Cognitive rehabilitation. Drugs and alcohol injure brain cells. Injured brain cells mean problems with impulsivity, judgment, concentration, information-processing, memory, and higher level cognitive tasks. The brain does heal, but it takes 1-2 of clean-time to return to “normal.” According to latest research, brainteasers and other thought-provoking tasks jumpstart cognitive healing in people with addiction.
From the Weird and Wacky Workbook for Recovery, “How to take care of a WW 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: WW gets moody when ignored. It’s given to copping an attitude and playing late-night goth/industrial techno at top volume when abandoned.”
From the Weird and Wacky Workbook for Recovery, an excerpt from the “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 Weird and Wacky Workbook About Racecars, Shoes, Ponies… and Recovery.” It’s scheduled for publication…eventually. (Sorry, we shy away from romance novels.)”
Life was challenging. But Clyde’s ACME Protective Suit kept him safe from all harm. He felt invincible, except that he couldn’t move an inch.
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