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What Really Goes on in Recovery Programs?

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Today’s cartoon is about rehab programs for any type of addiction or substance abuse. I know the basics about 12-step programs, but very little about going into rehab, which actors and celebrities do frequently, often more than once.

(Of course, it’s not just famous people — one time I was chatting with a friend in the gym, and he pointed to a surprising number of folks working out next to us who were in various programs.)

I am not positive, then, but I suspect that residential treatment programs must have some arts and crafts programs in those beautiful facilities. I like lanyards, and nice pottery, but wouldn’t it be fabulous if they were also working on the next great invention for civilization?

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What Really Goes on in Recovery Programs?

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

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, . (2013). What Really Goes on in Recovery Programs?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 25, 2019, from


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