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

Addiction · handouts · Uncategorized

Glamorizing addiction

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

Addiction · Coping skills & self-soothing · Uncategorized

Addiction: 4 ways to battle cravings

You’re trying to escape an addiction. That could be food, drugs, alcohol, gambling, or smoking.  One of the biggest challenges you're dealing with, especially at the beginning of your recovery, could be those urges to “feed” the addiction.  You’re bound to have cravings.  It happens to all recovering addicts, and it isn’t easy.  But remember,… Continue reading Addiction: 4 ways to battle cravings

Addiction · Friendship · Uncategorized

When somebody you care about is an addict

Substance abuse affects everyone involved, not just the addict.  The addict's personality has changed.  They tend to lie and ask for money and care little about quality time with those who care about them.  They may do and say things that upset others and leave the family ashamed or angry. Blood relationships and friendships are… Continue reading When somebody you care about is an addict