The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends
Evidence-Based Skills to Help a Loved One Make Positive Change
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
A practical and compassionate approach for helping your loved one change.
If you have a loved one who is struggling with alcohol or other drugs, you may have feelings of frustration, anger, fear, or sadness. You may also feel powerless and unsure of how to help them, and how best to support them over time. You don’t have to try a “tough love” approach or wait for your loved one to “hit rock bottom” before taking action. You can be a force for positive change in your loved one’s life. This compassionate guide will show you how.
From the authors of Beyond Addiction, this healing and supportive workbook offers practical, evidence-based skills to help you address substance use or other compulsive behaviors with your loved one in a productive way—without creating conflict. You’ll also gain a greater understanding for their struggle, and learn essential strategies for improving communication and coping with your own feelings. Whether your loved one seems reluctant to change, or is actively seeking support, this workbook will give you the tools needed to help them on their journey.
Using the authors’ Invitation to Change approach, you’ll discover:
- How to understand substance-using behaviors from a new perspective
- How to approach the problem without judgment
- How to open lines of communication How to set respectful limits
- How to live with pain and still stay connected
- How compassion is key to helping your loved one—and you!
“If someone you love is harmfully using drugs, have you been told there’s nothing you can do? It’s just not true. The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Families and Friends is a compassionate road map for family and friends to follow, offering an impressive array of evidence-based tools explained in everyday language. Its Invitation to Change approach is just that: an invitation to consider and try out various practical things you can do to make a difference. It blends science and kindness with a wealth of clinical experience in helping people change.”~William R. Miller, PhD
—William R. Miller, PhD, emeritus distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at The University of New Mexico, and author of Motivational Interviewing and On Second Thought
“It looks like the Center for Motivation and Change has done it again. They have updated and enhanced their information regarding the best ways to work with individuals who have problems with substance use. Covering several evidence-based treatments, they have beautifully created a way for all substance-use providers to learn and use state-of-the-art, down-to-earth information. This is a workbook that should be on your desk.”~Robert J. Meyers, PhD
—Robert J. Meyers, PhD, emeritus associate professor of psychology at The University of New Mexico; director of Robert J. Meyers, PhD & Associates; and creator of Community Reinforcement and Family Training
“An essential, empathetic, evidence-based, and hopeful guide for loved ones of people with addiction who want to help but often either don’t know how or have been poorly advised about what actually works.”~Maia Szalavitz
—Maia Szalavitz, author of Undoing Drugs, contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and author or coauthor of seven other books
“When my son was addicted, our family was in turmoil. I was desperate to help my child—to save him—but the advice I got was unhelpful and some was dangerous. If only The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends was available then. It’s a godsend that can guide us from hell to healing.”~David Sheff
—David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy
“Sorely neglected in the world of addiction treatment are families and other loved ones of people who struggle with misuse of substances. For the first time, in The Beyond Addition Workbook for Family and Friends, three solid, science-based approaches shown to have greater benefit than those traditionally used in addiction treatment are woven together to bring about lasting change. From strategies to improve communication to ways to invite loved ones to enter treatment to using positive reinforcement in order to get the behavior you want, this workbook is loaded with practical, self-paced guide sheets and wisdom that will help families, friends, treatment professionals, and educators.”~Anne M. Fletcher, MS
—Anne M. Fletcher, MS, author of Inside Rehab, Sober for Good, the Thin for Life books, and Weight Loss Confidential
“From the opening paragraph it’s clear these authors know what they are talking about! They bring a fresh, scientific, and underused perspective to the crucial subject of helping a loved one address addictive problems. They balance a focus on taking care of yourself, and engaging in new and targeted efforts to help your loved one. This workbook sets a new standard for how to educate families about these issues.”~Tom Horvath, PhD
—Tom Horvath, PhD, cofounder and past president of SMART Recovery; president of Practical Recovery Psychology Group; and author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling, and Chocolate
“When a loved one struggles with addiction, have you ever wondered how to keep your heart open, stay connected, be maximally helpful, and not become a martyr or an enabler? This remarkable program shows you how. Based on the solid science of mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion, this book will ease you into an entirely new mindset. Get ready to sigh with relief. Then just practice and see what happens.”~Christopher Germer, PhD
—Christopher Germer, PhD, instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, codeveloper of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, and coauthor of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
“The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends provides excellent guidance for people who deeply care for someone problematically using substances. As a psychologist, I’ve consulted with world-class clinics whose main aim is helping people with substance concerns, and I wish I had this workbook as a resource to train professionals and laypersons about these effective techniques for change. The authors provide a great deal of practical, impactful support and direction for you.”~D.J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D
—D.J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, founder of Pickslyde Consulting, and coauthor of ACT in Practice
“One of the most overlooked aspects of the experience of those who are tangential to recovery—those that have a partner or child or friend or family member that struggle with addiction—is how much of a growth opportunity it can be for them personally; and in fact is a requirement for any kind of transformation to take place. There is a dearth of dynamic and effective resources available for this population; this workbook is the gold standard. If you want to put compassionate, effective, transformational, and evidence-based practices into use to help both yourself and your loved one, you absolutely need this workbook.”~Holly Whitaker
—Holly Whitaker, author of Quit Like a Woman