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Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Foote , Carrie Wilkens , Nicole Kosanke , Stephanie Higgs
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The most innovative leaders in progressive addiction treatment in the US offer a groundbreaking, science-based guide to helping loved ones overcome addiction problems and compulsive behaviors.

Beyond Addiction eschews the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones change. Drawing on forty collective years of research and decades of clinical experience, the authors present the best practical advice science has to offer.

Delivered with warmth, optimism, and humor, Beyond Addiction defines a new, empowered role for friends and family and a paradigm shift for the field. Learn how to tap the transformative power of relationships for positive change, guided by exercises and examples. Practice what really works in therapy and in everyday life, and discover many different treatment options along with tips for navigating the system.

And have hope: this guide is designed not only to help someone change, but to help someone want to change.

Editorial Reviews


"Objectively written and conveyed with congenial authority, the book offers collective hope to families of substance abusers. . . . Essential." ---Kirkus

About the Author

Jeffrey Foote, PhD, is cofounder and executive director of the Center for Motivation & Change (CMC).

Stephanie Higgs is an editor and writer who is dedicated to bridging the gap between helpful ideas and people who could use the help.

Nicole Kosanke, PhD, is director of evaluation and family services at CMC.

Carrie Wilkens, PhD, is cofounder and clinical director of the CMC.

Randye Kaye is an accomplished voice talent, actress, singer, broadcaster, and author. She received a Listen-Up Award nomination and starred reviews for Ben Behind His Voices, which she also wrote, bringing together the various facets of her career.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Book on Addiction and Treatment February 18, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As the father of an addict in recovery, I have read dozens of books on addiction, treatment, and self-help. Believe me when I say that this book is unlike any of the others I've read. Written by people at the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC), Beyond Addiction is a truly unique guide for families who are dealing with a loved one's substance use issue.

This book is not another "old school" book on addiction that tells families they have to force their loved one into rehab and totally detach from them. It's not another "tough love" book. Instead it teaches you how you can play an active, important role in affecting change in your loved one. Yes, you can actually *help* your loved one get better by using CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training): "a scientifically supported, evidence-based, clinically proven approach to helping families of substance abusers." According to the book, "CRAFT has three goals: 1.) to teach you skills to take care of yourself; 2.) to teach you skills you can use to help your loved one change; and 3.) to reduce substance use, period, whether your loved one gets formal treatment or not."

I won't lie to you. Some of the strategies in Beyond Addiction may come as a shock to you if you're used to reading and hearing about the old school approaches to addiction, which frequently tell us that we are helpless when it comes to assisting a loved one. The book's subtitle itself--"How Science and Kindness Help People Change"--should give you a clue that this book is very different. Using kindness to help a substance user change? Seriously?? Yes! And the authors explain the concept very thoroughly.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Families & Loved Ones This is THE Book February 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As a sobriety coach and writer who specializes in substance abuse (in my case, particularly, crystal meth), I'm always on the lookout for books to recommend to fellow recovering addicts and their family members who write in seeking help. I highly recommend this book to both, but particularly to the family member or loved one of the addict. It will not only give you comfort and a greater understanding of what your addicted friend is going through, but you'll find practical, real life tips on what you can do to help better their odds at quitting, first, then at staying clean afterwards.

Too often we're told we must "practice tough love" and "let our loved one hit his bottom" before we can truly help. This book explodes that myth for what it is--false, old-school thinking that's not based in scientific reality. According to the latest studies, you CAN do many things to motivate positive change in your addicted friend or family member at many points along their journey of addiction. This book explores what you can do in detail and guides the reader in proper direction to seek help outside the book if he or she wants. To the many friends and family members of addicts who write me weekly seeking help, I now have a book I can highly recommend without reservation.

Take a look at the table of contents and read the opening pages (they're "Inside the Book" on Amazon's page) and you'll get an idea of what I mean. I'll end with this: at the end of my own book on quitting crystal meth I recommend less than half a dozen books to the reader who's interested in more, BEYOND ADDICTION will be added to that list when the Second Edition comes out next year. Can't recommend it higher.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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As a parent who as walked in the trenches, I know that the idea of kindness is easily forgotten when you are trying to deal with your child's substance abuse issues. Like any disease, knowing the reasons behind substance abuse is critical to creating change and healing. Beyond Addiction explains what is often behind substance abuse, why family members should stay involved and explains how you can make a difference for yourself and your loved one.

This is a well written book that shares how kindness, positive communication skills, taking care of yourself as well as many other powerful tools and strategies can help families who are struggling with the substance abuse of a loved one. The door is now open to understanding that there are many paths to finding change.

I've read dozens of addiction and recovery books. For any family struggling with the substance abuse of a loved one and especially those who are just discovering that there is a problem, Beyond Addiction is the first book you will want to read. The book gives you a concise understanding of what you are dealing with and the next steps to take. It will equip you with the knowledge and information that will help you make decisions for your family, and cope in a more calm and peaceful way. I highly recommend Beyond Addiction!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Available for Parents and Families February 18, 2014
This is the most positive, hopeful, and helpful book available for families dealing with substance abusing kids. I have worked for two decades with parents and families who feel responsible, alone, and helpless. There have been shamefully few resources and places to turn for these families until now. Even with an addiction treatment system so far behind other diseases, this book can help parents help themselves and help their kids, with a truly evidenced-based process that has proven to be successful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As heartbreaking as it is to witness your loved one self destruct from addition, this book gives you hope.
Published 8 days ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
Thank you for writing a book that everyone can relate to. Addiction goes beyond substances and does not discriminate. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Beatriz Rajacic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very fast and sufficient!
Published 11 days ago by Amber Reyna
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone who is trying ...
Cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone who is trying to help a loved one struggling with addiction.
Published 17 days ago by Diana Douglass
5.0 out of 5 stars You really must have this book!
Best book on addiction I have ever read. This book is written for loved ones. I bought 5 for my practice in mental health counseling. I've loaned them all out!
Published 1 month ago by Karen H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding and compassion really work
As an addictions therapist and author, I have had family members ask me to write a book to help them know how to approach their loved one's problem. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beth Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I have read this book and let me say that if you have a loved one who is addicted, you need this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Addiction "Light"
I picked up the audiobook on Audible. It has some extremely good advice for families and loved ones of someone struggling with an addiction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ag218
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