Charlotte and the quiet place

This mindfulness-themed picture book, published by Parallax Press and illustrated by Sara Woolley, has won several awards:

  • Gold Winner in Picture Books in Foreword Reviews'  2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards
  • Silver Medal for Children's Picture Books (7 & Under) in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book  Awards (IPPY)
  • Bronze Award in the 2015 National Parenting Publications Awards
  • Winner in Children's Trade Books, Certificate of Excellence from the Publishing Professionals Network 

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Breaking free of addiction

42 Therapeutic Tools to Help You Recover from Problem Drug and Alcohol Use


Addiction to drugs and alcohol is one of the most serious medical, psychological, and social problems facing Americans today. But, with help, recovery is possible. When people struggling with problem drug or alcohol use feel less alone and more empowered with tools that work and a supportive community, they can begin to build a happier, healthier life—the life they’ve always wanted.

Grounded in mindfulness concepts, cognitive-behavioral theory, and the wisdom of self-help movements, this workbook offers forty-two therapeutic exercises to help people learn about their problem substance use, make healthy choices, practice new skills, and try strategies to prevent relapse. The book is divided into nine sections: Start on the Path to Recovery, Get Ready, Know Your Triggers, Take Action, Build a Safety Net, Know Your Feelings, Know Your Thoughts, The Mind-Body Connection, and Look Back and Look Ahead. Each exercise includes an objective, a brief discussion, and an illustrative vignette, followed by the activity. Readers are invited to reflect on their process throughout and offer feedback. Daily worksheets and a relapse prevention checklist are included.

Sample exercises include:

Weighing Your Pros and Cons

What Are Your Triggers?

The Stages of Change Model

Noticing Your Urges and Cravings

Your P.L.A.N. for Social Events

Reasons Not to Use

Alternatives to Using

Creating a Safe Network

Asking for Help

Stretching Out of Your Comfort Zone

Feelings 101—It’s OK to Be a Beginner 

Responding, Not Reacting, to Feelings

Connecting Your Thoughts and Feelings

Mindful Self-Compassion

Revising Your Inner Dialogue

Mindful Meditation 101

Getting Active

What Are Your Passions?

Reexamining Your Relationships

H.O.P.E. Is in the Air   

Stay tuned for ordering information.


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