WRAP for Addictions: Finding Freedom from Unwanted Patterns is an adaptation of the flagship WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan designed specifically for adults and older teens who want to gain control over powerful urges and unwanted, compulsive behavior patterns such as drug or alcohol use, gambling, sex, eating disorders, self-injury, gaming, pornography, lying, and more. This edition of WRAP for Addictions: Finding Freedom from Unwanted Patterns is the first major revision to this book since the 2012 update of the original WRAP for Addictions.
WRAP for Addictions presents a proven method based on the evidence-based WRAP program to support individuals to improve the quality of their lives by incorporating wellness strategies into daily life—both in general and specifically around reducing or eliminating unwanted, compulsive behavior patterns. WRAP for Addictions is a personalized approach to addressing addictions in which each person decides for themself what “wellness” and “recovery” look like. As stated in the introduction:
WRAP doesn’t tell you what to do. The goal of WRAP is to build a toolkit of things that work for you. The WRAP process invites you to think about what you want in your life and decide how to make it happen. It provides practical steps and concepts, as well as ongoing recovery management tools, to help you follow your plan and achieve your goals.
Abstinence is not required in WRAP. The WRAP program supports you to define your wellness in your way. You are not required to abstain from substances or behaviors to be able to use WRAP. In fact, there are no “readiness” requirements for the WRAP program at all. If you want to use WRAP, that means you’re ready. In this book, when we talk about “staying clean,” we use that term to mean following through with whatever level of use or engagement works for you—not necessarily abstinence. It’s up to each of us to determine what recovery looks like in our own lives. You can use whatever term and whatever guidelines you feel comfortable with.
If you choose to use WRAP, this book can help you:
- Decrease and prevent unwanted or troubling feelings and behaviors
- Increase the sense of personal choice you have about how you live your life
- Improve your quality of life
- Help you achieve your life goals and dreams
With WRAP, you can:
- Discover your own simple, safe wellness tools
- Develop a daily plan to help you stay as well as possible
- Identify upsetting events or circumstances and develop action plans for responding to them without using substances or engaging in other unwanted behaviors
- Create a strategy to gain support and stay in control of your wellness during and after a crisis
WRAP for Addictions is a foundational book for any WRAP program. Use it on your own or with an evidence-based WRAP group focused on general wellness or addictions. Like all other WRAP materials, WRAP for Addictions is compatible with other health and wellness strategies, supports, and treatment programs, including 12-step programs.