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Andrew T. Wainwright is a national expert on addictions and intervention. He has been involved with thousands of interventions both in the United States and abroad. Andrew was the leading interventionist for National Counseling Intervention Services and was trained by Dr. James Fearing, a pioneer in this field.

Robert Poznanovich is a nationally recognized speaker on treatment and addictions. Also known as "Chicago Bob," he has helped thousands of people come to terms with the consequences of addiction and the promise and possibility of recovery. Together they founded Addiction Intervention Resources, Inc. (AIR), in 2001 and established a new model for dealing with the problems of alcohol, drug, and other addictions. AIR has become the nation's leading addiction consulting company. A clinically based, independent organization, AIR provides solutions for families and organizations struggling with addiction around the globe.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (January 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592853706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592853700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Fox on April 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a father of 5 children I want to encourage all parents with young children (and those who are still in the planning stage) to read this book. Yes, the book is all about addictions and actually says very little about parenting, per se. But here's what it DOES describe: the seamy underside of life no one wants to talk about until it's (sometimes) too late. I hope none of my children (and none of yours) ever has to go through addictions and withdrawal, but addictions are real. You'd have to live under a rock not to recognize it's a fact of life today.

But it doesn't have to be a fact of YOUR life. And that's the beauty part of this book. Although I'm certain the authors didn't set out to shock readers into recognizing the importance of being an involved parent, it does achieve this better than any other parenting book I've ever read.

In about 150 pages we parents get to see what happens when we overly coddle, forget to establish firm boundaries and lack the personal discipline to discipline. We are treated to the cold, hard outcome when parents replace tough love (the authors call it "clarity") with pacifism. Pacifistic parenting is the kind that says things like, "Here's some money son, go entertain yourself...I'm busy working making money to pay for the stuff we all `need.'" Eventually the kid gets the message and finds something to replace the relationship and structure they're supposed to get from their parents, putting them on a collision course for being a character in this book.

There is a price to pay (sooner or later) and this book gives graphic detail (even from the authors' own lives) of the hell we'll all pay if we continue failing to step up. And trust me; the cost of fixing things when children are young is far cheaper than the cost later on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Warren P. Nichols on February 14, 2007
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I am the program chair for parentshelpingparents.info and one of my roles to review books on addictions and select one as our book of the quarter.

I have selected this book for the second quarter of 2007. It is one of the very best books I have read that communicates to families in a manner that is both direct, loving and honest. I felt like I was in my living room visiting with the author's face to face.

The information presented goes beyond education; it makes an ingenious transition which pierces the wall of denial, we as families, must conquer before progress for our loved one is possible.

Respectfully,

Pat Nichols

Program Chair

Parents Helping Parents, Inc.

Edmond, Ok
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margret E. Raines on March 16, 2007
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This book provided a whole lot of answers to questions I'd had about addiction and the best way to deal with an addict. I heartily recommend it to anyone seeking answers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Herzanek on February 9, 2009
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The book "It's not okay to be a Cannibal" was recommended to me by a friend who owns a treatment facility in the Rocky Mountains. The principles are sound, the writing is engaging and the book explains alcoholism and recovery in a personal way that the reader can identify with.

This book reinforces many of the same principles we stress at Changing Lives Foundation.

Judy Herzanek
Dir. Creative Development and Marketing/Changing Lives Foundation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon W. on July 15, 2012
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I received the book quickly from the seller, and I was looking for information for families of addicts that I see in my practice. There is some great information for the families in this book. However, it is largely a commercial for the Interventions and business set up by the Authors. In this day of managed care, it is much harder to get people into 28 day rehab programs. Thus, I was just a bit disappointed by some of the content. Love the idea of the "cannibal" and that is done well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Smith on October 30, 2007
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This book helped my family with having a loved one in our family with addiction. Extremely informative and helpful with suggestions. Options were given that were not coming easily into the family that had been affected deeply. Thanks. Susan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2011
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I agree with & appreciate this book. However, it's a bit of a "press release" from the authors on their specific service & opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margaret on September 6, 2011
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I am using this book for class and so far so good.There is many short stories in this book that are touching and hopeful.
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