Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook

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Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook

by psychiatrist Kim Rosenthal, MD

Recovery from drugs can be daunting.  The past is a dangerous place to dwell.  The future is unknown and scary.  Sobriety comes with questions that don’t have easy solutions: Who am I without drugs?  What do I have to look forward to?  How do I deal with stress and problems?  (Do these frigging coping skills even work?)  

Something is missing, something important, something that brings a smile to your lips and inspiration to your heart.  You need hope.  You need fun.  You need to know recovery can be amazing.

The Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook (WW) takes you on a 100-day journey in search of answers, a path to get you closer to this “amazing.”  If you’re looking for a playful but paradoxically demanding recovery manual, this book is for you. If you’re looking for creativity and meaning, or if you’re looking for cartoons, comics, personality tests, brainteasers, moving parts, and a super soundtrack, then… yes, you’re in the right place.  Take off your jacket and hang out a while.

(The authors regret we had to discontinue the said moving parts.  The motion was distracting to readers, and 33% of the books used the moving parts as legs and walked off while no one was watching.  As for the soundtrack, the authors request you play a super soundtrack now.)



Imagine Monty Python, Gary Larson’s Far Side, Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sitting together in a room.  Ask them to establish a treatment program for addiction, and there you have it.  

That’s it.  That’s where we hope to go.

Perhaps that’s aiming too high.  Nobody can top Monty Python, Far Side is oh-so-cool, and Cameron’s writing is stunning.  But you know what the authors are hoping for, anyway: something inspiring, joyful, and totally off of left field.


You work hard to stay clean.  That means relapse prevention, making changes, dealing with the consequences of using, reconnecting with others, and earning back trust.  That’s important work, and WW walks alongside you as you take these steps.  

But recovery is so much more than that: you’re starting something new, and new means learning to love life without drugs and alcohol. WW helps you explore your new identity as a sober person.  There’s heartache, yes, but there’s also movement, hope, pride, and tremendous potential.

The authors walk you through various scenarios and perspectives, helping you get a sense of the new picture — while emphasizing the need to worry less and play more.  (Recovery needs playfulness!)  

In the end the message is clear: (1) Stay clean, and here’s how to do it, and (2) Recovery can be amazing ride.


WW features 100 worksheets for 100 days, including:

  • Clinically-oriented recovery and coping skill handouts
  • Brain exercises (cognitive rehab)
  • Creativity therapy, like art, poetry, journaling, and creative writing therapies 
  • Playfulness handouts, like bizarre personality tests, word search puzzles, multiple choice ad lib, drawing exercises, mazes.
  • Outside the box approaches, like alter ego, invention, newspaper articles, and odd scenarios
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For more information about the WW Recovery Workbook, check out the following links at kimrosenthalmd.com:

Helicopter helmetHis sobriety was like that new, brilliant, colorful hat on his head, the one with all the bells and whistles: it measured blood pressure, played Beethoven and ACDC at the same time, came with a round of government-quality artillery, and gave him the right answers when he played Trivial Pursuit.  It would have been superb — if he hadn’t felt like he just got broadsided by a box of crayons.” 

***Note that the name of the workbook recently changed. We’re in the process of fixing everywhere, but you’ll still see other names from time to time. Sorry for the confusion!***