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Everything Changes : Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts (Paperback) (Beverly Conyers)
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A relative or friend has finally taken those tentative first steps toward sobriety. With the relief of this life-changing course of action comes a new and difficult set of challenges for recovering addicts and those who love them. Family members and friends often find themselves unsure of how to weather such a dramatic turn, as the rules and routines of their relationships no longer pertain.Everything Changes assuages fears and uncertainty by teaching loved ones of newly recovering addicts how to navigate the often-tumultuous early months of recovery. Beverly Conyers, author of the acclaimedAddict in the Family, again shares the hope and knowledge that she gained as a parent of a recovering addict by focusing on the aftermath of addiction. She outlines the physical and psychological changes that recovering addicts go through, and offers practical tools to help family members and friends:
- build a fresh, rewarding relationship with the addict
- be supportive without setting themselves up for disappointment
- avoid enabling destructive behavior
- set and maintain boundaries
- cope with relapse
- deal with the practicalities of sober living, such as helping the addict find a job and deal with the stigma of addiction.
Like the people who care about them, addicted individuals in early recovery are filled with hopes and fears. They want to be free of the pain and chaos their addictions have brought them. They hope to build a productive life. But they also fear that they may not be able to live without their drug of choice.During uncertain times of early recovery, families face new and difficult challenges in their relationship with their loved one: How involved should we be? How can we be supportive without setting ourselves up for disappointment? How can we help without enabling? What kinds of boundaries should we maintain? And what kind of relationship will we ultimately have? Everything Changes is a guide to help families navigate the first year of recovery. It explores the addicted individual's many challenges, examines ways that families can be supportive without sacrificing their own peace of mind, and suggests ways to build a new, more rewarding relationship with their recovering loved one.
Number of Pages: 146
Genre: Self Improvement, Family + Relationships
Sub-Genre: Substance Abuse + Addictions / Alcoholism, Family Relationships, Interpersonal Relations, Substance Abuse + Addictions / General
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Beverly Conyers
Street Date: June 5, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-3473
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