The family recovery classic, Addict in the Family, has been revised and updated to offer parents and other family members even greater support when faced with the reality of a loved one's addiction. Solid, actionable advice and information about what helps and what doesn't--and how to care for themselves--make this an indispensable guide.
For families of addicts, fear, shame, and confusion over a loved one's addiction can cause deep anxiety, sleepless nights, and even physical illness. The emotional distress family members suffer is often compounded by the belief that they somehow caused or contributed to their loved one's addiction--or that they could have done something to prevent it. Addict in the Family
is a book about the pain of addiction, but more importantly it is a book of comfort, understanding, and hope for anyone struggling with a loved one's addiction. As the compelling personal stories reveal, family members do not cause their loved one's addiction--nor can they control or cure it. What family members can do is find support, set boundaries, detach with love, and eventually discover how to enjoy life more fully. This book helps them do just that--whether the loved one achieves recovery or not.