In the first moments of breathing it in there was no turning back. She could not forget the beautiful pain and the relief that came when it was easy to breathe it all in. She had never planned to breathe it in so deep. To feel the burn and find herself craving the fire. She had let her heart wrap itself around this new thing and her mind did not always have a say...often had no say at all. This is the tale of a heart's journey in the mornings and midnights of life. It is the giddy, naive proclamations and the heavy, grown whispers. It is the soaking that came from tears and touch...both. It is the wild, bare beginnings and the fruitless attempts to tame it. It is the story of the Love that was the drug that made her high and held her low and let her fall and fly...both. This is the story of how she first came to know this new danger... this delicious escape. Come....see...come see...come see what the Love had done.
Author: Robin Barnett
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Release Date: 2016-08-01
"This is a straightforward, rich resource for anyone who lives with, and loves, an addict." —Publishers Weekly Everyone suffers when there’s an addict in the family. Written by an expert in alcohol and drug addiction and recovery, this no-nonsense guide will help you understand the causes of addiction, end enabling behaviors, support your loved one’s recovery, and learn how to cope with relapses. If you’re the family member of an addict, you may feel confused, guilty, and scared of doing the wrong thing. And when you don’t know how to help, you may find yourself in a codependent role, trying so hard to keep your addicted loved one alive, out of jail, or emotionally appeased that you may actually prevent them from realizing they need help. Drawing on her own personal experience with her brother’s addiction, Addict in the House offers a pragmatic, step-by-step guide to dealing with a loved one’s addiction, from accepting the reality of the disease to surviving what may be repeated cycles of recovery and relapse. You’ll learn how to encourage your addicted loved one to get help without forcing it, and finally find the strength to let go of codependence. With this revealing and straightforward book, you’ll have the support you need to take an honest look at how addiction has affected the family, cope with the emotional hurdles of having an addicted family member, create and maintain firm boundaries, and make informed decisions about how to best help your loved one.
Author: Frederick Rotgers
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2006-06-05
This handy guide provides a single source of evidence-based methods for assessing and treating alcohol problems Part of the Wiley Series on Treating Addictions, Treating Alcohol Problems offers the latest evidence-based guidance on effectively diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of problems related to drinking. Whether you are an addictions counselor, mental health professional, or physician, you can use this all-in-one guide as a stepping-stone to seek out and develop better treatment options for your clients. Bringing treatment approaches into harmony with scientific findings, Treating Alcohol Problems summarizes methods proven to be successful. Written in a clear and accessible style, the text focuses on presenting the information most directly useful for helping clients. This handy guide is ideal for training and continuing education, as a refresher for seasoned professionals, and as a useful primer for all who come into contact with individuals suffering from alcohol abuse. Coverage includes: Conceptual foundations-defining alcohol problems Identifying alcohol problems Assessment and treatment planning Treatment tools, programs, and theories When and how clients should be discharged to aftercare Increasing recovery success Culture, coaching, and change-moving beyond alcohol problems Finding and getting the best out of professional resources Supporting this expert coverage, the reader-friendly series format features quizzes, checklists, diagrams, "Research Frontier" boxes, problem-solving scenarios, "Dos and Don'ts" lists, "Test Yourself" questions, suggested resources, and more. These tools help you reinforce your understanding and integrate this knowledge into your practice. In addition, a thorough bibliography and appendix provide lists of contacts for self-help groups, residential and outpatient treatment programs, support groups, Web sites, and reading material. Treating Alcohol Problems is an essential resource for mental health professionals, as well as an indispensable study guide for students in psychology and social services courses.
Author: Terence T Gorski
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2009-07-30
Passages through Recovery presents an action plan for preventing relapse, one that can help us understand how recovery works and what is needed to move from active addiction to sobriety. "Abstinence from alcohol and other drugs is only the beginning of sobriety. It's the ticket to get into the theater, not the movie we are going to see."--Passages through RecoveryOne of the most important things we learn in recovery is that there really is a way out of all the misery--if we know which way to go. But abstinence from alcohol and other drugs is just the beginning of our journey, not our destination. And, that journey can be a rough one if we don't know what lies ahead.Based on the experiences of thousands of recovering men and women, Passages through Recovery presents an action plan for preventing relapse, one that can help us understand how recovery works and what is needed to move from active addiction to sobriety. Gorski's pioneering work describes six stages of recovery from chemical dependency and offers sound advice for working through the challenges of each stage--challenges that can create frustration and lead to relapse.Passages through Recovery clearly demonstrates that sobriety is more than just healing the damage. "It's a way of thinking, acting, and relating to others," Gorski writes, "that promotes continued physical, psychological, social, and spiritual health. The skills necessary for long-term sobriety are all directed at finding meaning and purpose in life."Use this book as a compass in your recovery to help you stay on course.
Describes the evidence-based approaches to preventing relapse of major mental and substance-related disorders. Therapist's Guide to Evidence-based Relapse Prevention combines the theoretical rationale, empirical data, and the practical "how-to" for intervention programs. The first section will serve to describe the cognitive-behavioral model of relapse and provide a general introduction to relapse prevention techniques. While Section II will focus on specific problem areas, Section III will focus on diverse populations and treatment settings. Incorporates theoretical and empirical support Provides step-by-step strategies for implementing relapse prevention techniques Includes case studies that describe application of relapse prevention techniques
Author: Eric Griffin-Shelley
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date: 1997-05
More than 10 years ago the US National Institute of Health identified sexual addiction as a research priority. Experts now conservatively estimate a prevalence rate of 5 percent of the American population. Eric Griffin-Shelley provides a detailed definition of sex and love addiction as well as an outline of treatment and recovery.
Author: Stanton Peele
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: 2014-02-04
Stanton Peele--a world-renowned addiction expert, therapist, and author whose books have sold more than 1 million copies--has challenged and changed the way people understand addiction and recovery for the past four decades. In Recover!, Dr. Peele dispenses with the "addiction-as-disease" model, explaining that the origins of addiction are as complex and unique as the people who find themselves in its grip. Dr. Peele's holistic treatment program combines the best evidence-based treatments with the cutting-edge use of a meditation-based consciousness movement. With practical steps and exercises, Recover! presents a life-transforming path for overcoming self-destructive compulsions forever.
Two lovers: artist Chor Boogie and yogini Bast. One serious drug relapse. The lovers navigate the labyrinth of addiction and ultimately pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine, iboga, used since ancient times for spiritual healing and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects.
Author: Charles L. Whitfield
Release Date: 2003-08-31
To get somewhere it is useful to know where you are going. This can be especially difficult for people struggling with issues of addiction, compulsion, physical or mental illness. In this simple yet effective three-part program, best-selling author Charles Whitfield helps readers chart their own treatment plan and find a way out of the often confusing vortex of recovery work. Through illustrative charts and graphics he shows readers how to write their own recovery plan, including how to identify core issues and how to integrate those issues into a personalized plan. Stage one helps readers identify the illness or condition that plagues them and explains how recovery truly is within reach of those who participate in a full recovery program. Stage two explains how healing requires the reader to consider their adult child of trauma issues, such as co-dependence. It describes the way out of the pain and confusion-learning self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-responsibility and self-reflection. Stage three addresses more keys to success including having a healthy and nourishing spirituality and learning to live in the present moment, no longer burdened by the past or fearing the future. My Recovery Plan is an empowering book; it will give readers hope and instill the knowledge that they can, indeed, recover.
Author: Earnie Larsen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-05-26
In this portable recovery aftercare program, Earnie Larsen coaches readers through one full year of sobriety with personal, practical, actionable steps to help them refocus on the core concepts that are essential to sober living. Make no mistake about the intention of the guidance offered in this book. This is not just another "nice recovery book"--one that you read and then put aside, hopefully taking away a few good thoughts. My intention is that the material offered here should be chewed, pulled apart, scrutinized, and internalized. This book is designed to be worked. It is intended to provide support, insights, and exercises that will do something about the high relapse rate of people starting recovery.>-Earnie Larsen, From the introduction In this invaluable guide, renowned author and lecturer Earnie Larsen brings you a portable recovery aftercare program that you can easily integrate into your personal life ?and take with you anywhere you go.Now That You're Sober is an all-purpose, year-long compendium of recovery wisdom and inspiration to help those who are newly sober focus on practical applications of Twelve Step principles. Like a traditional aftercare program, it is designed to keep the basics of recovery front and center in your consciousness, as it is the loss of this awareness that causes relapse. In his characteristic down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is style, Larsen serves as your recovery coach, providing guidance and inspiration when you feel vulnerable in your sobriety, and helping you to move past common stumbling blocks and flourish in your daily life. Each of his fifty-two entries includes a motivational essay, or pep talk, centered on a key element of recovery, followed by personal, practical, actionable steps to help you refocus on the concepts and behaviors that are essential in a recovering person's life.Earnie Larsen is a nationally known pioneer in the field of recovery from addictive and unwanted behaviors. He has authored and produced more than fifty-five motivational self-help books and resources on a variety of topics ranging from managing interpersonal relationships to spirituality.
Author: Kelly G. Wilson
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Release Date: 2012-02-02
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference. Maybe you’ve just started on the road to recovering from addiction. Or you’ve tried to stop abusing alcohol or drugs before, but haven’t been successful. Perhaps you’re making progress in a support group or 12-step program, but want to add an approach grounded in science. No matter how far you’ve come, how far you still have left to go, or which path you’ve chosen, this book can help you end your struggle with addiction. The Wisdom to Know the Difference is an addiction recovery workbook based in acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT. Research shows that ACT is a powerful treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, and other issues, and it can be used alone or in combination with any 12-step program. On this particular path, you’ll learn to accept what you can’t change about yourself and your past and commit to changing the things you can. You’ll overcome your addiction by focusing on what you value most, like your talents, friends, career, relationships, and family. There’s no need to wait any longer. This book will help you find the serenity, courage, and wisdom it takes to leave substance abuse behind for good.