Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2018
This is great! My husband uses this a lot. He is a visual learner and is a recovering addict. This has helped him to understand so many things.
Amazon Customer

Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2013

I have worked in various outpatient and inpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers that has included all socioeconomic and education levels. I have worked with people in recovery from addiction that are from professional backgrounds, blue collar, and unskilled. I would HIGHLY recommend Elisabeth Davies’ workbook Good Things, Emotional Healing Journal: Addiction for clinicians and patients alike to assist with the full recovery of the person who is suffering. It is well-written, easy to understand, and provides the user tools to learn about and work through the issues that may have led to the addictive behaviors. The Good Things, Emotional Healing Journal: Addiction can be used by any person to develop lifelong tools that will lead to a strong base of recovery for the addict. Great work Elisabeth!
Coe Kirby M.C. CPT

Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2013

I spent a good deal of time reviewing this workbook and found it to be an excellent journal for those new to addiction recovery. The “Good Things Emotional Healing Journal” walks a person through the basic pitfalls that those new to recovery face. It is also a good tool for those who may not be sure whether they have an addiction or not. I would recommend this book for those who are in a 12 step program and/or as an adjunct to psychotherapy. Please note that this is a journal — with “homework” type assignments — so it isn’t going to help if you’re not willing to do the assignments. However, the assignments are thoughtfully composed to get the addict thinking about his/her condition and ways to behave differently in the future. I definitely believe this piece could be useful to those who need a place to sort out their thoughts about their addiction.
Constance Scharff, PhD

Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2014

For me, this little book was love at first sight. The splash of title on the cover immediately brings a smile. It evokes my time in India, where signs painted on the backs of huge, multi-color trucks suggest, “Horn okay please”. Not a command, just gentle words that convey the message. Like Good Things Emotional Healing Journal: The promise is, Open this book and discover those “things” and that “healing”.
Beneath the title is the outline of a flying heart enticingly stuffed with colorful depictions of “fun things to do”—food, sex, alcohol, etc., etc.; these are entwined beneath a not-so-colorful, heart-spanning banner that broadcasts, ADDICTION. I get the picture. I expect good things inside this cover, fun things to combat my bad habits, whatever they are.
In the preface, Davies warmly proclaims it “an honor” to pass along the tools, strategies and insights she has learned from her years as a licensed therapist. “You are not alone”, she reassures us in the intro; 140 million people in the U.S. suffer from addictions—“unwanted habits and compulsive behaviors”. She lists a half-dozen of her own past addictions. Her experience, knowledge, and generous spirit are sprinkling sunlight on the pages from the git-go.
This book is easy going. You peruse a couple of simple, informative pages; then, on lines provided, you WRITE, following apt prompts. Chapters 2 through 4 ask you to complete short inventories and do some journaling to identify your addictive symptoms and their intensity; in Chapter 5, a succinct table guides you to personalized “Effective Strategies for Managing (your own) Addiction”.
The next important chunk of the book is fifteen chapters which outline fifteen Effective Strategies. I was led first, based on my inventories, to Strategy #5—“Soothe Your Moods and Emotions”. Perfect for what ails me.
After practicing one strategy, you re-take an Addiction Inventory to see where you are. Then you go on to another prescribed strategy, and another—as many as apply, as many as you want.
Even for this picky grammarian, tiny spelling and structure glitches do not detract a whit from the book’s punch. Its organization is strikingly clever and effective. Wonderful, black-and-white, cartoon-like graphics clarify content and lighten the 125 pages, as do Davies’ own brief, heart-felt poems. If you let this book guide you through its encouraging, enlightening pages, you will surely find Good Things and Emotional Healing.

Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018

Author Davies has 20 years experience counselling thousands and has taken a journey through addiction to recovery herself. This makes this tool authentic. I was struck early on about all the types of addictions…food, alcohol, texting, sex…and more. This book pushes the reader to better understand if they have any uncontrollable habits and then to do the work to implement strategies, and with a rating system, measuring progress until the concern is managed. I will use this book personally as a tool for bettering life. I volunteer in the not for profit community where we provide harm recovery services, and programs for marginalized people. This is the first easy to read and apply workbook that I will be able to give to others. My commitment to the author is to purchase them and hand them out to these wonderful people as random acts of kindness. Excellent resource! Loved this workbook.
Tom Dutta