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.  Maybe it’s a smile.  Maybe it’s inspiration.  You need hope.  You need fun.  You need to know recovery is worthwhile.

Written for substance abuse providers and the public alike, the Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Workbook (WW) takes you on a 30-day journey in search of answers.  If you’re looking for a playful but paradoxically demanding recovery manual, this book is for you.  Take off your jacket and hang out a while.


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. Recovery can be an amazing ride.  

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WW features 30 worksheets for 30 days, including:

  • Clinically-oriented recovery and coping skill handouts
  • Creativity therapy, like unusual scenarios, art, poetry, and writing
  • Playfulness handouts, like word search puzzles, Mental Rotation, and mazes
  • Outside the box approaches, like alter ego, newspaper articles, and screenplays
  • “What to Do if You Relapse” section
  • Section for professionals and caregivers
  • Annotated bibliography
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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.”