Beyond Addiction eschews the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones change. Drawing on forty collective years of research and decades of clinical experience, the authors present the best practical advice science has to offer.
Delivered with warmth, optimism, and humor, Beyond Addiction defines a new, empowered role for friends and family and a paradigm shift for the field. Learn how to tap the transformative power of relationships for positive change, guided by exercises and examples. Practice what really works in therapy and in everyday life, and discover many different treatment options along with tips for navigating the system. And have hope: this guide is designed not only to help someone change but to help someone want to change.
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"Objectively written and conveyed with congenial authority, the book offers collective hope to families of substance abusers.... Essential." (Kirkus)
Yes, their research is good as well as the writing.
The narration was good.
This book was written for families and friends of addicts, not for people dealing with addiction themselves. That fact could have been made more clear in the subtitle and description.
It's my first audiobook
Beyond Addiction puts real life family addiction into a workable program for the family to find what fits best for the addict and certainly what works best!
Communication ,compassion and self care
It is a refreshing alternative to addiction treatment
This book gave me hope. It made me laugh and cry.
This helped me understand addiction from a different perspective. . . Outside of the enabler/codependent view. Those views can have a point, but there are pitfalls in them too.
The authors approach here is more based on compassion and health if all involved, not just obsession over the addiction and the ruin it causes.
This isn't for everyone, and it might look like half measures to some, but I can understand the reasoning behind it and see it as an alternative for some who might not hit the traditional "Rock Bottom".
The hardest part about this approach is seeing the substance abuser with more compassion and understanding. That might not always be warranted, and the idea of punishment and harsh labels is a powerful draw to resist for those affected by or in the clutches of addiction.
This is more about self-care and kindness rather than just viewing everything as dysfunctional and f&;$ed and something to escape.
Read the other books on addiction with the traditional view point as well. . . But definitely include this one too.
Whether or not you have an addict in your life you should read this book. The Information in it is applicable to every day life. I got it because I have two severe opioids addicts in my family. Wether the addiction is mild or severe I think this book is an excellent resource.
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