Inspiring Addiction Recovery Books by Various Authors

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Addiction Recovery Books

Tending Dandelions

Tending Dandelions Book CoverAuthor: Sandra Swenson

Mothers of addicted and alcoholic children share a deep connection—one that is rarely understood by anyone who hasn’t experienced a similar path. Sharing our perspectives helps us all grow stronger, together.

This series of daily readings by provide moments of recognition, confession, and healing for those who are realizing that recovery rarely follows a neat or comfortable path. Along the way, we plant beautiful roses only to be injured by their thorns, and we pull up unwanted dandelions that, at times, are our only source of wishes.

By sharing the realities we never expected our families to face, mothers of addicted children support each other through experiences that can only be feared and imagined by others. From our shared struggles emerge opportunities for personal growth. Tending Dandelions is a vital source of wisdom, support, and strength that helps us begin our own journey of recovery.

“We all need to take a closer look at the things we’ve avoided—the things lurking around in this place where love and addiction meet—so we’re as strong as we can be.”

—Sandra Swenson, author of Tending Dandelions

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The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption

Addiction Recovery Books - Brian CubanAuthor: Brian Cuban

The Addicted Lawyer is the first book tackling the issue of problematic alcohol and drug use in the legal profession and law school with both intimate stories of addiction recovery and redemption (the author’s included) combined with compelling and valuable advice. This is a must-read for lawyers, law students, and anyone else seeking to gain a better understanding of how addiction can take us to our lowest point and yet we can still rise to our greatest heights to redefine ourselves and our futures.

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“If you want information beyond data and citations, communicated in a way that will resonate with you, look no further than The Addicted Lawyer. You will find stories at your level, as well as advice on what to do next.”—David Jaffe, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, American University Washington College of Law  

The Grandfamily Guidebook: Wisdom and Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandfamily Guidebook Cover ImageAuthors: Andrew Adesman, MD and Christine Adamec

“Wow, what a needed book!… If grandkids came with a guidebook, this book would be it.” –Dr. William Sears, Author of The Baby Book.

If you find yourself raising your grandchild – whether it’s due to a parent’s addiction, incarceration, or inability to parent – consider this book your one-stop guide. In the Grandfamily Guidebook, authors Andrew Adesman, MD and Christine Adamec share expert advice on raising a grandfamily coupled with insights from grandparents who have been there themselves. Discover practical tips on topics like coping with uncooperative birth parents; working through legal, financial, and medical issues; overcoming challenges with school and social life; and managing your own self-care through it all. With this book, you’ll have a practical, inspiring guide to raising a family…your grandfamily…again.

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The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs

The Addiction SolutionAuthor: Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Written with warmth, accessibility, and vast authority, The Addiction Solution is a practical guide through the world of drug use and abuse and addiction treatment. Here, Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, brings together scientific and clinical knowledge, policy suggestions, and case studies to describe our current drug crisis and establish a clear path forward to recovery and health. In a time when so many people are affected by the addiction epidemic, when 142 people die of overdoses every day in the United States, principally from opioids, Sederer’s decades of wisdom and clinical experience are needed more than ever before.

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The ACOA Trauma Syndrome

The ACOA Trauma SyndromeAuthor: Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., TEP

Growing up in a home where there is addiction or relationship trauma puts a child at great risk for long-term, post-traumatic stress effects that adversely compromise adult relationships. Bestselling author, psychologist, and psycho-dramatist Tian Dayton examines this trauma through an exploration of the way the brain and body process frightening or painful emotions and experiences in childhood, and she shows how these traumas can become catalysts for unhealthy, self-medicating behaviors including drug and alcohol abuse, food issues, and sex, gambling, and shopping addictions.

Through Dr. Dayton’s insightful analysis and thoughtful examination, Adult Children of Alcoholics will learn how and why the pain they experienced in childhood plays out in their adult partnering and parenting, and they will learn how to restore health and happiness through their resilience.

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Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance

Emotional SobrietyAuthor: Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., TEP

When we manage the stresses of the day by turning to outside ‘mood managers’ such as food, sex, work, shopping, gambling, drugs, and alcohol rather than healthier forms of ‘self-soothing,’ it is because we lack emotional sobriety–the state of processing our thoughts efficiently to bring our emotions into balance, says bestselling author and renowned addictions psychologist Tian Dayton, Ph.D. In her latest book, Emotional Sobriety, Dr. Dayton shares compelling, honest tales of her life experiences and case studies of those she has counseled.

Illustrating that emotional sobriety is a mind/body phenomenon, Dr. Dayton includes ideas on how to attain emotional literacy–the skill of translating feelings into words so that we can use our thought processes to understand and bring our emotions into balance–and how to calm the limbic system so that we can actually experience what we’re feeling. The limbic system processes our emotions and governs our mood, appetite, and sleep cycles. Repeated painful experiences, in childhood or adulthood, over which we have no ability or sense of control or escape can oversensitize us to stress and deregulate our limbic system.

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The Living Stage: A Step-by-Step Guide to Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

The Living StageAuthor: Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., TEP

An indispensable guide for all clinicians interested in experiential therapy, this book is a primer on psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy with step-by-step exercises.

Destined to become a classic for any experiential therapy library, this is a basic primer on psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. With a foreword by Zerka Moreno, wife of the late J.L. Moreno, the father of experiential therapy, the book gives clinicians the tools to understand the theory and practice of experiential therapy.

Filled with client stories, Moreno’s theories in his own words, plus step-by-step exercises they can use in their own practice, the book makes experiential work manageable for the clinician. It also includes specific exercises that integrate trauma, grief and addiction theory and a brand new model for understanding trauma and addictive relationships.

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An Acre of Fools

An Acre of Fools Book CoverAuthor: Aden James

An Acre of Fools is a gut-wrenching fictional story, woven around true events, that showcases the devastating effects of drug addiction. After battling a long illness, Peter’s daughter, Austin, finds herself in a nightmarish addiction that thrusts her and her family into a world they never imagined. As she progressively buries herself deeper into the narcotics culture of shameless selfishness, Peter’s unwavering hope for her drives a wedge between him and the less forgiving family members. When Austin finally embraces her addiction, Peter is forced to choose between his faith and a family too broken to hope.

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Beyond Addiction

Beyond Addiction book coverAuthors: Jeffrey Foote Ph.D., Carrie Wilkens Ph.D., and Nicole Kosanke Ph.D. with Stephanie Higgs

Delivered with warmth, optimism, and humor, Beyond Addiction defines a new, empowered role for family and a paradigm shift in the field. This new approach is not only less daunting for both the substance abuser and his family but is more effective as well. Learn how to use the transformative power of relationships for positive change, guided by exercises and examples. Practice what research shows us really works for impacting others’ motivation and discover different treatment options along with tips for navigating the system. And have hope: this guide is a life raft for parents, family, and friends.

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21 Movements Towards Life

21 Movement Towards Life Book CoverAuthor: Paul Loosemore, MA, PLPC

Exquisitely written so that you experience walking with a knowledgeable and dependable companion, 21 Movements towards life brings freedom from sexual addiction into reality. Your personal guide not only simplifies your journey, it faithfully explains each step of the way. As you work together with the exercises and built-in resources you will experience change throughout your life. Designed from research and clinical observation, this guide bridges many of the chasms left by other resources. You will understand yourself, change relationships for the better, and build a thriving life. This guide can be used individually and in group settings.

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