Leading innovators in progressive addiction treatment outline a science-based program for overcoming addiction-related problems, demonstrating how to effectively use positive reinforcement and motivational and behavioral strategies. (Self-Help)
Author Rick Cottrell characterizes his childhood and nothing less than dysfunctional. He experienced unhealthy living environments at an early age. His experimentation with alcohol and smoking at the age of nine. In beyond addiction Cottrell shares his personal story of addiction and the journey into recovery which he has be clean and sober for over 20 years. Through his recollections, Cottrell provides insight into the mindset of an addict and offers a look the world of addiction. He narrates how those who have a problem with addiction can be transformed through recovery. And those who have been affected by a person who is chemically dependent can find healing and freedom from dysfunctional living habits.
She’s fought like hell to leave the past behind. Trix changed her name and her life when she got clean four years ago. Now, she has a new family and a job she loves—tending bar and dancing at the Broken Circle. As an O’Kane, she’s happy, untouchable. Until a nightmare from her old life tears her away from her home and drags her back to Hell—also known as Sector Five. He’s still living—and dying—in it. Losing Trix was the kick in the head Finn needed to get sober, but working as an enforcer for a man he hates is slowly crushing his soul. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to destroy Sector Five from the inside. Then Trix comes back into his life—alive, in danger—and nothing else matters. Getting her home could be a suicide mission. The only thing deadlier is the old spark that flares to life between them. Soon, Finn and Trix are battling the one addiction neither of them ever managed to kick—each other. And it could cost them everything.
Release on 2014-03-05 | by Thomas G. Beley, PhD, LCSW
Making Recovery More Effective
Author: Thomas G. Beley, PhD, LCSW
If you are a person who has struggled with an addiction, or a family member who is helplessly watching the slow death of a loved one from an addiction, or even a seasoned professional who is overwhelmed and frustrated over the chronic relapses of clients, here is a simple question to ask yourself if you are wondering whether this book is for you. Does a person have control over a relapse? If you answered yes, then this book is absolutely for you. This book is for you because the answer to this question is an emphatic NO!!! Why is the answer no? Addiction, like any other disease, follows a natural process. Once it starts, this process will continue its natural course that will eventually lead a person to a more deteriorated condition, certain pain and suffering, or, even worse, death. There are no exceptions to this natural process, unless, of course, this process is interrupted. The more important question that needs to be asked is: Does a person have control over their recovery? The answer to this question is an emphatic YES!!! The intent of this book is not so much to focus on the science of addiction, although this will be addressed, as much as it is on the science of recovery. Although the reader will better understand some of the basic neurobiological processes underlying addiction (It is just not genetics alone), the reader will also explore how these same neurobiological processes are essential to recovery. The contention, here, is that if there is a science of addiction, there must be a science of recovery. This book will explore the many facets of healing within the recovery process with particular emphasis on examining the role of our neurobiology and behavior. More importantly, it will give readers, whether a person suffering from an addiction, a distraught loved one, or a frustrated professional, insight and a blueprint as to what needs to be done for a successful recovery regardless of the disorder. Is relapse a part of recovery? Absolutely Not!!!
William Moyers is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. His work can be seen in publications such as the Kenosha News. This is a collection of the very best of Beyond Addiction from January - June 2014.
OH, those Christmas Letters; they arrive in your mailbox spreading good cheer and BS. Danni Morford's Christmas Letters are different. Danni's humor helped her through her family's long battle with addiction. Year after year, she writes and sends Christmas Letters. She humorously and courageously relays the hard truths about her family's struggles: drug use, arrests, DUIs, treatment centers, and AA meetings.As addiction takes a tragically life-changing hold on her family, and she subsequently loses her son Travis to the disease, her strength prevails. The year after her son's death, she bravely writes and sends that letter: "Our family is not ashamed to say Travis died from addiction. In telling Travis's story, we hope that others will learn about the disease of addiction and lives can be saved."Danni continues those letters and begins writing to Travis as a way to feel a continued connection to him and to deal with her emotions. In, Shoot My Ashes from a Cannon, Danni shares all of her letters, her personal experience with Al-Anon, and how she has found purpose in following through on her promise to Travis.This is a must read all the way around and will help you understand more about grief, loss, and the prevalent struggle with addiction. Danni has shared her letters as her way to honor her son's life and legacy and to bring awareness to the horrible disease of addiction.