How to Use the Slick Six Pack

Directions For Using Slick Six Pack

The Slick Six Pack is a comprehensive curriculum (video’s, group-worksheets & homework-worksheets) that is designed to help treat clients in early stages of addiction treatment and recovery. The 27 short video clips enable clients to gain insight into key recovery concepts, nurture motivation for complete abstinence, and develop a plan to help them be successful. Each video clip has a group discussion worksheet designed specifically for that clip (the worksheets can be used for individuals if you do individual therapy). Additional worksheets are available for homework assignments.

How To Use The Curriculum in Group: To use this curriculum properly and see how helpful it can be to your clients you should follow the directions below. If you simple play to video to clients without using the worksheets you probably will not have the same results. Here is what you should do.

  1. Select a video clip to play to the clients
  2. Before playing the video provide each group member a copy of the corresponding group worksheet and ask the clients to look at all the questions to make sure they understand them and explain that during or after the video clip they should write brief answers to each question and that each question will be discussed in group.
  3. Play the video.
  4. Discuss each question separately in group. Do one question at a time. After completing the discussion of a question, go on to the next.
  5. Additional worksheets can be given as homework. Those worksheets are available on the Slick Recovery website

Which Video Should Be Used First?: The videos are not in any particular order but it is very important that the concept of Slick is understood by your clients, I would always recommend that the clip “Who Is Slick” be the first video your clients see to help them become familiar with Slick.

How to Introduce Slick (The Voice of Addiction) to Your Clients: Slick is a dynamic and controversial character. He is intentionally designed to be a bit outrageous. He uses humor, irony and sarcasm as a way to intensify his character and make him more memorable. Some clients immediately like him and look forward to him coming on screen, other clients may find him stupid or obnoxious. Even if some of your clients don’t like the character, you will find that if you use the curriculum it will help them identify their addictive thinking and gain insight into thoughts that nurture relapse. Always explain to clients before watching their first video that Slick represents “The Voice of Addiction” and is designed to help them gain insight into “stinking thinking”. If staff members help the clients see the clinical value of Slick, you will find that within a few weeks you clients will be spontaneously discussing different ways they have noticed Slick giving them bad advice, and with that insight they become empowered to resist Slick and improve recovery outcomes.

Slick’s History: I developed Slick in the early 1980 to help clients see how their own thinking was nurturing denial and relapse. Slick videos are used in hundreds of clinical setting internationally. Slick has been described twice on CBS Sixty Minutes. In 1986 by Liza Minnelli and in 2006 by Joe Namath.