I stand amidst a gaggle of Big Tobacco engineers, and someone slips a vial of clear liquid into my hand. A voice utters three important words: "This is nicotine."
This post is about addiction. And making movies. The issue: sometimes problems get stuck inside us, so ingrained they seem to become part of who we are. We are alcohol. We are drugs. We are addiction. Okay, we're NOT addiction, but problems like substance abuse and gambling are so invasive we're not sure where they… Continue reading Seeking screen-writers: Good Guy vs Addiction
If you had the choice to live life over, what would you change? This worksheet is an excerpt from the (in-process) book, Weird and Wacky Workbook for Recovery.
From the book-in-process, Recovery: Weird & Wacky Workbook. This revamped worksheet briefly examines addiction-related “war stories” — remembering the “good ol’ days,” fascination with using, and jokes about relapse -- and identifies why they could be a problem. Worksheet 11: No more War Stories Answers: 1.c Judy's stories are problematic in multiple ways. They… Continue reading No more addiction war stories
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
This worksheet is a sample from the up-and-coming Weird and Wacky Addiction Workbook (Coloring book? Activity book? Title subject to change many more times). Feel free to print. I can forward a PDF or word version upon request. (Below, page 2)
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: missing the past
Let me start by saying I don't have a definitive opinion about marijuana. I don't support it. I don't not support it. I have had patients in the past smoke it legally and effectively. Others ran into problems. Everyone is unique, and I'm not here to judge. But I am here to educate,… Continue reading Stuff to know about marijuana
Addiction handouts, relapse prevention plan. Relapse prevention plan. This is an "alternative" two-page worksheet helping people in recovery maneuver through those difficult moments. Page one focuses on identifying warning symptoms and triggers, reviewing negative effects of drugs/alcohol, and the exciting effects of staying clean/sober. Page two is aimed at urge management. Ideally the handout would… Continue reading Choosing life over addiction: relapse prevention plan
An addiction worksheet from Mental Health and You! War stories - Glamorizing addiction. This 2-page worksheet focuses on addiction-related "war stories" -- remembering the "good ol' days," fascination with using, and favorable opinions about relapse -- and helps the person seeking recovery identify why war stories might be problematic. The goal is to come up… Continue reading Glamorizing addiction