A Woman's Addiction Workbook
Your Guide to In-Depth Healing
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
208 Pages, 8.50 x 11.00 in
- Published: October 2002
Women and girls are now becoming addicted at greater rates than ever before, and until very recently women in recovery were dependent on treatment models based solely on work with men.
Harvard addiction and trauma expert Lisa M. Najavits offers this step-by-step program to help women overcome the often-overlooked problems associated with their drug and alcohol addictions, such as body image, trauma and violence, relationships, stress, and thrill-seeking. She explores how women differ from men in their addiction and recovery, and adapts this information to help you embark on your journey to healing. A chapter on co-occurring emotional problems allows you to evaluate whether you have any of the key disorders common among women with addiction, such as depression, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, or phobias.
With this strengths-building workbook, begin to come to terms with your personal addiction story. Healing exercises in four areas--feelings, beliefs, action, and relationships--help women build self-respect. Exercises include "Listen to That Small Quiet Voice," "Extreme Self-Care," "Self-Soothing," "Become Friends with Women," "Rethink," "Take Charge," "Share Responsibility," and "Mourn." In addition to these exercises and techniques, the book offers valuable resources of recovery support information.
“This excellent workbook is an important contribution to the self-help literature. Its ideas, stories, and resource lists create a comprehensive framework that will be very helpful to women struggling with addiction. Dr. Najavits combines her strong clinical skills with compassion, respect, and an understanding of women’s lives.”
—Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., LCSW, Author of A Woman’s Way Through the Twelve Steps and Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction
“A terrific and much needed book! Over the last decade, rates of addiction have steadily climbed among women. This book speaks directly to the hearts and minds of women experiencing addiction problems. It successfully balances a gentle, nurturing approach with scientifically grounded, highly informative content. This workbook is filled with motivational exercises that work well across different types of addiction, recovery stages, and life experiences. It’ sa wonderful contribution.
—Mary E.McCaul, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Director, Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Women’s Center
“In this clear, useful, and empowering book, Dr. Najavits deftly explores the broad range of issues related to women’s sobriety, including self-care, healthy relationships, trusting one’s inner wisdom, and the ability to stand firmly in the center of one’s power. Through helpful information and detailed exercise, she offers a map that leads to maintaining sobriety and living a full life.”
—Charlotte Sophia Kasl, author of Many Roads, One Journey: Moving Beyond the 12 Steps and If the Buddha Dated
“This is a wonderful book for any woman seeking to explore an addiction problem. It is a practical guide for looking inward that is both heartfelt and straightforward. Drawing on her extensive professional experience, Dr. Najavits offers a holistic approach to help women explore all aspects of their lives. The book is valuable as a self-help guide and also as a resource for clinicians seeking to enhance their clients’ treatment experience.”
—Joan E Zweben, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco; Executive Director, East Bay Community Recovery Project, Oakland, California