Not by Chance

How Parents Boost Their Teen's Success in and After Treatment
Narrated by: Tim Thayne
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Your struggling teenager is going to a residential or wilderness treatment program. Their addictions, learning disabilities, or emotional/behavioral issues have brought you to a moment of decision. Heartsick, anxious, and exhausted, questions bounce endlessly around your mind. Will this work? Was this really necessary? Will she ever forgive me? Can we handle him at home when the time comes? Dr. Tim Thayne delivers the answers in his groundbreaking book Not by Chance. As an owner/therapist of wilderness and residential programs, Thayne was frustrated when young people made monumental progress, only to return home where things quickly unraveled. His mission became to vastly improve long-term success by crafting and proving a model to coach parents on their power to lead out through full engagement during treatment and management of the transition home.

©2013 Tim R. Thayne, Ph.D. (P)2017 Tim R. Thayne, Ph.D.
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An amazing, heartfelt and non judgmental guide that is helping me parent from confidence not fear.

This is the book I wish we had read when my daughter had been in the inpatient psychiatric hospital. We have been home for four months and have been desperate and afraid as things have unraveled back to where they had been before her treatment. Within the first two hours of reading (listening)Tim‘s book, I could feel my confidence, reassurance and trust in my path forward return as a parent. It made me feel ready to take on the challenges of each phase and know that by applying these principles, it would help us through this challenging time to a better and more healthy life for my daughter and our family. Wonderful author! Thank you so much for this gift! I will recommend it to anyone who will listen!

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Very helpful

I highly recommend this book if you have a child with anxiety or other problems.

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Real, applicable, and approachable

There’s so much to learn and apply from this book. Thanks for sharIng your knowledge and expertise in an easy to follow guide on how to better prepare to help my teen and family have the strength we need and build better relationships.

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A must read for Family s with kids in residential treatment.

This book is helping our family and will continue to for many months as we navigate our child's treatment and after care. We are greatful to have this valuable resource!


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Read it as soon as you can!

I didn't get this book until later into my son's treatment. I actually finished reading it on my way to pick him up from his year long stay. Better late than never, but all parents and close family need to read it as early on as possible and maybe 2 or 3 times.

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Engaging all the way through!

An an absolute must read for parents of teens and young adults in treatment! Thank you Dr. Thayne for your dedicated passion and wisdom.

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Tried and true principles to help families succeed

Loved it! The stories/examples helped to see how valuable Tim's work is for families!

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Excellent targeted info

Would you consider the audio edition of Not by Chance to be better than the print version?

I always prefer hearing the author's voice to not.

What does Tim Thayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His own enthusiasm and passion for his mission.

Any additional comments?

If you're a parent with a teen or young adult that struggles, you've hit a gold mine of info with this audiobook.