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; and, 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.Introduction.Part I: The Hole in the Heart: Detecting Addiction.Chapter 1: Addiction: What Is It?Chapter 2: Substance Use, Substance Abuse, and Addiction.Chapter 3: Behavioral Addictions: Addictions Without Substances.Chapter 4: Dancing with the Tiger: The Risks of Experimenting.Part II: Taking Those First Steps.Chapter 5: Recognizing Addiction in Yourself and Others.Chapter 6: Assessing Your Readiness: Do You Need Help Now?Chapter 7: Quitting: Easy to Say, Hard to Do.Part III: Examining Treatment Approaches.Chapter 8: Treatment Choices.Chapter 9: Reviewing Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Options.Chapter 10: Treating Physical Dependence.Chapter 11: Twelve-Step Programs.Chapter 12: Joining Self-Help and Support Groups.Chapter 13: Alternative Treatments.Chapter 14: Teen Treatment.Part IV: Life in Recovery.Chapter 15: Overcoming Barriers to Recovery.Chapter 16: Handling Slips and Relapse.Chapter 17: Handling Work and Family During Recovery.Chapter 18: For Families and Friends: Ways to Make a Difference.Part V: The Part of Tens.Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Help a Friend or Loved One.Chapter 20: More Than Ten Self-Help Resources.Index.