Evaluate medications and treatment programs
Break free from addictive substances or behaviors and get a fresh start
Think you have an addiction? This compassionate guide helps you identify the problem and work towards a healthy, realistic approach to recovery, explaining the latest clinical and self-help treatments for both adults and teens. This book also offers tips on reducing cravings, handling your relationships, and staying well for the long run.
Discover how to
Identify the reasons for addiction
Choose the best treatment plan
Handle slips and relapses
Detect addictions in a loved one
Find help and support
Brian F. Shaw, PhD, Paul Ritvo, PhD, and Jane Irvine, DPhil, are all university professors with more than 20 years' experience in private consulting.
Foreword xvii Introduction 1 Part I: The Hole in the Heart: Detecting Addiction 7 Chapter 1: Addiction: What Is It? 9 Chapter 2: Substance Use, Substance Abuse, and Addiction 23 Chapter 3: Behavioral Addictions: Addictions Without Substances 35 Chapter 4: Dancing with the Tiger: The Risks of Experimenting 51 Part II: Taking Those First Steps 63 Chapter 5: Recognizing Addiction in Yourself and Others 65 Chapter 6: Assessing Your Readiness: Do You Need Help Now? 85 Chapter 7: Quitting: Easy to Say, Hard to Do 99 Part III: Examining Treatment Approaches 109 Chapter 8: Treatment Choices 111 Chapter 9: Reviewing Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Options 123 Chapter 10: Treating Physical Dependence 145 Chapter 11: Twelve-Step Programs 163 Chapter 12: Joining Self-Help and Support Groups 173 Chapter 13: Alternative Treatments 181 Chapter 14: Teen Treatment 193 Part IV: Life in Recovery 209 Chapter 15: Overcoming Barriers to Recovery 211 Chapter 16: Handling Slips and Relapse 229 Chapter 17: Handling Work and Family During Recovery 239 Chapter 18: For Families and Friends: Ways to Make a Difference 253 Part V: The Part of Tens 267 Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Help a Friend or Loved One 269 Chapter 20: More Than Ten Self-Help Resources 275 Index 285