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Author of nine books, Lisa Frederiksen is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more then a decade researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance abuse prevention, mental illness, addiction as a brain disease, co-occurring disorders, secondhand drinking | drugging, help for the family and related subjects - all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research. Her clients (some as far as Kenya, Slovenia, Pakistan and Mexico), include: individuals, families, military troops and personnel, forest service districts and regions, medical school students, businesses, social workers, parent and student groups, family law attorneys and treatment providers. Lisa's 40+ years experience with family and friends' alcohol abuse and alcoholism, her own therapy and recovery work around those experiences, and her research were the basis for her three most recent books, Crossing The Line From Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence, Loved One In Treatment? Now What! and If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!, and blog, BreakingTheCycles.com. Lisa is currently a Substance Abuse/Mental Illness continuing education provider for the California Bar Association and a Group Facilitator-Family Program Consultant at Muir Wood-Teen Treatment. She has appeared on numerous radio, television and Internet radio shows.
Lisa started her Quick Guide series in 2014 to share the key highlights of this 21st Century brain research and science on a specific topic. It is this research and science that have unleashed an explosion in discoveries about the human brain, its development, its functioning, what changes it, what can heal it, its ability to regenerate cells, why addiction can cause a person to lie, cheat and steal from those whom they love the most, what improves its health and more. It is this science, simplified, that is attention grabbing and results in people self-electing to change because it has generally never been heard before or at least not in the context described in one of her Quick Guides. This science is giving people of all ages, when tailored properly, the "ah-ha" information they've needed - the why and how - to change substance misuse patterns, deal with stress differently (such as that associated with secondhand drinking), hold off on drinking until age 21, treat addiction as the brain disease it is, seek help for mental illness and so much more. This science is that powerful because it shatters the stigma, misinformation and shame that surround these issues.
Lisa's previous six books were published under her former last name. Three were biographies of Women's Rights leaders: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Betty Friedan (all Morgan Reynolds); one a biography of Civil Rights leader, Ella Baker (Morgan Reynolds); one on the American Revolution (Lerner Publishing) and one on career planning (Career Kids).