Intro: Mumbo jumbo and some interesting stuff too
First things first…What’s addiction?
The formal version: Also called substance abuse, addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, uncontrollable drug-seeking and using behavior, despite harmful consequences. Related changes in brain chemistry affect cognition, mood, thinking, behavior, decision-making abilities, and how a person relates to others. Existentially substance use disorders dictate identity. Recovery is marked by frequent relapses back to the familiar until a firm psyche is established, allowing independent ego functioning and…
The informal version: Addiction messes you up, messes your family up, messes your life up. It takes away your future and dreams.
So we need a dream-focused, future-oriented, optimistic, entertaining but clinically-based workbook to target addiction.
[Warning: you’re about to be inundated with our latest project…]
We humbly introduce the (still-in-process) “Weird and Wacky Workbook for People with Addiction,” an activity, coloring, and clinically-sound substance abuse treatment book devoted to people with addiction. Featuring weird art, irreverent language, and outside-the-box thinking, this 140-page workbook includes:
- 30 handouts targeting substance use disorders
- 12+ coping skill worksheets
- 50 activity and coloring pages (not addiction-related, meant for fun and distraction)
The addiction worksheets are based on standard-of-care treatment for substance use disorders, including positive psychology, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention, with a pinch of psychoeducation, 12-step teaching, art therapy, narrative therapy, and strangely-themed handouts (writing movies, etc). Coping skills range from mindfulness and gratitude lists to writing a meaning statement. That leaves the activity section. People struggling to distance themselves from drugs and alcohol need distraction and a bit of joy; that’s what this section is about. Here you’ll find both mundane and bizarre. It’s made up of crosswords, mazes, interpreting shadows, cow personality test, IQ tests, tongue-in-cheek quizzes, coloring pages, and a lot, lot more.
The authors aim to finish the book ASAP but reckon reality counts as something and tends to slow things down. Stay tuned. For now, you’ll find a few sample handouts below. These are rough drafts and subject to change.
Addiction: loving life again (starting with mourning the loss of addiction) Recovery ain’t easy, and sometimes people miss the good old times. This 8-page worksheet is a colorful and odd guide to getting past the grief and making life beautiful without drugs.
Addiction – Getting to know yourself after recovery – a 2-page journey. This is a unique two-page worksheet to help a person who’s early in recovery create and celebrate a drug-free identity.
Addiction – glamorizing drugs and alcohol. This handout focuses on identifying addiction-related “war stories” and coming up with ways to stop using them.
Addiction – Relapse prevention plan. Need rescue from cravings? This is a two-page, artsy worksheet aimed at helping people in recovery get through the hard times. Also, consider checking out the article, Addiction: 4 ways to battle cravings.
Addiction/self-knowledge – if you could live your life over. If you could repeat your life, this worksheet looks into what you’d repeat and what you’d do differently.
Problem-solving – Just talk to the problem. A 2 page worksheet that helps the reader take on problems by literally talking to them. Bizarre but, according to studies, very effective. Based on narrative therapy.