Addiction · handouts · Uncategorized

Worksheet: glamorizing drugs and alcohol

This 2-page worksheet examines addiction-related “war stories” — remembering the “good ol’ days,” fascination with using, and jokes about relapse — and helps identify why war stories might be problematic.  The goal is to figure out ways to STOP glamorizing addiction. I've cleaned up and reposted this worksheet from the Weird and Wacky Addiction Workbook… Continue reading Worksheet: glamorizing drugs and alcohol

Addiction · handouts · Uncategorized

Worksheet: recovery and letting the past go

Recovery from addiction is challenging: you miss the past, parts of it at least, and the future can be downright scary.  This worksheet is a strange, colorful, and fancy 6-page tool-kit to help the reader maneuver through grief of letting the past go (mourning the loss of addiction) -- while working towards an exciting future.… Continue reading Worksheet: recovery and letting the past go

Borderline personality disorder · Dissociative disorder · PTSD · Uncategorized

Stepping outside yourself: dissociative disorders

Okay, let's start with the formal definition: dissociation is a disturbance in one’s experience of reality.  It occurs any time there's a disruption in the normally integrated functions of a person’s consciousness.  Dissociation can vary from distortion of perception to total shifts of identity.  This phenomenon is often triggered by severe, repetitive psychological trauma.  Some… Continue reading Stepping outside yourself: dissociative disorders

Marriage & Relationships · relationship · Uncategorized

How to mend a relationship on your own

We hear the duo argument all the time: "It takes two to tango," "two heads are better than one," "there's no I in team." But what do you do if your relationship is in trouble and your partner isn't ready to work on the problem? Of course it's better to tango with two, but if you're… Continue reading How to mend a relationship on your own

Addiction · Uncategorized

Recovery: letting the past go

Recovery from addiction is challenging: you miss the past, parts of it at least, and the future can be downright scary.  This worksheet is a strange, colorful, and fancy 6-page tool-kit to help the reader maneuver through grief of letting the past go (mourning the loss of addiction) -- while working towards an exciting future.… Continue reading Recovery: letting the past go

Coping skills & self-soothing · Fun · Opinion · Uncategorized

Meaning: a little bit of India

"It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system." -- Will Durant, American Historian Too much time, and don't know what to do?   Or maybe the better question is:… Continue reading Meaning: a little bit of India

Coping skills & self-soothing · Uncategorized

What to do when finding a job is so scary you just want to run away

Here's the scenario.  Maybe this sounds familiar: You're unemployed and have been looking for work for months.   You're terrified because your savings won't last forever.  You're starting to feel useless and incompetent.  The free time is killing you, leaving you depressed, which is making job hunting and surviving job interviews more difficult.  It's a scary… Continue reading What to do when finding a job is so scary you just want to run away