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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757306098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757306099
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A holistic approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit--which is the essence of healthy recovery. . . . An essential guide to healing the hole in the soul, the hurt in all of us."

--William Cope Moyers, Author of Broken

About the Author

Tian Dayton, Ph.D., has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is Director of Program Development and Staff Training for the Caron Foundation in New York City. Dr. Dayton is a nationally renowned speaker and workshop facilitator and the author of fifteen books on self-help and psychological issues. She is a frequent guest expert on MSNBC, CNN, NBC, Montel, John Walsh, Rikki Lake, Geraldo, and others.

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TIAN DAYTON, MA, PH.D.T.E.P is the author of fifteen books most recently The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, 
Emotional Sobriety,Trauma and Addiction:, Forgiving and Moving On, The Living Stage, and Relationship Trauma Repair, a model for using sociometry and psychodrama to resolve issues related to relationship trauma.

Tian Dayton has a masters in educational psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology, is a board certified trainer in psychodrama and a licensed creative arts therapist. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy ASGPP, winner of their scholar's award, editor in chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and sits on the professional standards committee. She is also the winner of The Mona Mansell Award and The Ackermann Black Awaard. Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, Geraldo. Dr. Dayton blogs for The Huffington Post and Counselor Magazine.For further information log onto tiandayton.com

Dr. Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute and was on the faculty at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama. She is a nationally renowned speaker, expert, and consultant in psychodrama, trauma and addiction.

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Dr. Dayton not only explains why, but articulates a holistic approach.
JB
Whole books have been written on the topics for each chapter, so that she can't dive in too deep on any of them.
Thomas Luttrell
It also gave me such a clear plan for living a happy and balanced life.
M. Miller

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By DS on June 1, 2008
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Awesome, awesome book! The author starts by explaining the way our brains and bodies work, and the way our emotions by-pass the thinking part of the brain, and go to our instinctive survival parts of the brain. She explains how we have body memories of suppressed emotions, and why, when we have been through relationship trauma, we store the pain in our bodies and it causes us to self-medicate with activities or substances that chemically help us to deal with it. With kindness, compassion, and solid factual information, she explains what's going on inside of us, below the surface, and steps to take to release the pain, reframe our thinking, and become whole again. The last part of the book focuses on constructive steps to release pain, retrain ourselves to respond differently, and ways to accomplish the same pleasure and self-nurture that we were seeking, but how to do it in healthy, life-affirming ways. It's a blend of research and information, years and years of experience, and a kind, beautifully written coaching to renew and restore and grow into the person we were meant to be. The tone is respectful, informative, concrete, specific, and hopeful. Reading it was a journey. So rich that I decided after I returned it to the library that I needed to own my own copy. I have never read anything by her before, so I don't know if there are any overlaps, but it's one of the most helpful I have read.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Luttrell on September 1, 2009
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I am a Ph.D. candidate of Marriage & Family Therapy and work as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I have run psychotherapy groups for several years already with addicts and their families, and I've been trained in multiple therapy modalities (EFT, SFBT, Gestalt, CBT, MI). This is a book that I wish I had written.

Even though I posted this review nine months ago, I continue to recommend this book to both my colleagues and friends. I still have not found any books as comprehensive and balanced, as this book offers the latest research and integrates a spectrum of our field's freshest relationship theories into one book. She helps us move closer toward a "Grand Unified Theory" of therapy and integrates attachment theory, attachment injuries, updates in the codependency literature, research on emotions, PTSD, ADHD, grief, depression, anxiety, and more, and she makes it applicable to the lay person as well as to the therapist.

This book can help clients understand how therapists can help, while giving therapists an updated look at how research on attachment theory can be integrated with the fields of substance abuse. For example, a lot of people still treat substance abuse using old models, using cognitive-only approaches, outdated notions of codependency, and overlooking the role of the brain, emotions, biology, trauma and the family system. She validates the newer approaches of using more experiential, emotionally-focused and systemic approaches with addicts and families and gives us clear language to explain why it works.

Dr. Dayton stops us before we "throw the baby out with the bathwater.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Feltman on January 23, 2008
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Once again, Dr. Dayton has hit the nail on the head. Her writing and insights are always fresh, understandable and practical. She visits and revisits challenging situations with specific, useful guidance for dealing with very complicated emotional issues. I will be adding this one to my collection of her earlier work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on September 6, 2012
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I have been in Recovery for 8 years, sober for 6, and I first gave this book to my sponsee for her own sobriety anniversary, but after leafing through, I realized it was essential reading for me too, or anyone in recovery.

So often people like myself encounter folks who put down the drink or the drug long ago, but for one reason or another, they have not been able to mature emotionally;they remain the age they were when they began to use their substance of choice. In AA this is known as a "dry drunk" and it is an unhappy state of being, to say the least.

This book stands alone ,or as a wonderful adjunct to a Recovery program. It can be daunting to realize so much more has to be done after we get sober. "Emotional Sobriety" addresses this mental state beautifully and provides tools for a remedy as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 23, 2010
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I have just started this book and Tian Dayton hits the nail squarely on the head! As I devour each word, I see myself raw and open like I am looking in a mirror going over my life. I also have the companion workbook and once I started reading, I found that I just could not stop long enough to do the exercises. I plan on diving into the workbook after I finish the book and doing the exercises while re-reading each chapter.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Miller on February 20, 2009
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Emotional Sobriety has given me path way into myself, into recognizing my feelings. It also gave me such a clear plan for living a happy and balanced life. Dr. Dayton was able to answered questions no one has been able to answer for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. E. on December 31, 2012
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Excellent information on what drives all compulsive/addictive behavior and how anyone can learn to manage their feelings in healthy ways. I'm a therapist, but I think the book is written in a way that is easy for any teen or adult to learn from.
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