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Reclaim Your Life offers new hope to those who have been frustrated or disappointed by the lack of sophisticated literature available to the friends and families of the alcohol and drug-dependent --Charlies Donelan Santa Barbara Independent.<br \><br \>I know this book will be a practical and valuable tool for family and friends of someone addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Reclaim Your Life is an invaluable guide to understanding the nature of addiction to alcohol and other drugs, understanding how the family is affected, assuming personal responsibility for their own recovery, and loving someone who is addicted to alcohol or other drugs while taking care of themselves. - --Robert Lindsey, President/CEO National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.<br \><br \> --Robert Lindsey, President/CEO National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

I know this book will be a practical and valuable tool for family and friends of someone addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Reclaim Your Life is an invaluable guide to understanding the nature of addiction to alcohol and other drugs, understanding how the family is affected, assuming personal responsibility for their own recovery, and loving someone who is addicted to alcohol or other drugs while taking care of themselves. - --Robert Lindsey, President/CEO National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Charles Donelan Santa Barbara Independent. ABOUT THE AUTHOR For over twenty years, Carole Bennett, MA, has been personally enmeshed in the world of addiction and recovery with her own family s alcohol and drug dependency issues. Professionally, her Masters of Clinical Psychology has afforded her work as a treatment counselor for The Salvation Army and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Carole writes regular blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post on addiction and recovery. She is currently a practicing clinical counselor, with her own practice, Family Recovery Solutions located in Santa Barbara, California. A percent of the author's proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to recovery program scholarships. --Charles Donelan - Santa Barbara Independent

About the Author

For over twenty years, Carole Bennett, MA, has been personally enmeshed in the world of addiction and recovery with her own family s alcohol and drug dependency issues. Professionally, her Masters of Clinical Psychology has afforded her work as a treatment counselor for The Salvation Army and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Carole is a staff blogger on addiction and recovery for The Huffington Post, has written numerous articles for recovery newspapers and the magazine Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism, and was profiled for KCBS in conjunction with the television movie about Lois Wilson, the co-founder of Al-Anon. Carole s practice in Santa Barbara, California, stretches globally, as she provides personal, in-depth counseling by phone as well as in person.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Hill Press, Inc; First edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970805047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970805041
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For over twenty years, Carole Bennett, M.A., has been deeply enmeshed in the world of addiction and recovery with her own family's alcohol and drug dependency. Professionally, her Master's in Clinical Psychology has afforded her work as a treatment counselor for the Salvation Army and the Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

A decade ago, Carole founded Family Recovery Solutions; a counseling center geared toward the families and friends that are struggling with their loved ones addiction issues. Here, in a safe, confidential environment, Carole works with the family members as they learn about their own healing process and the important role they play in their loved ones' recovery - or not.

Carole is a blogger on addiction and recovery for the Huffington Post's Living Section, has written numerous articles for recovery newspapers, lectured and presented commentary for KCBS in conjunction with the television movie about Lois Wilson; the co-founder of Al-Anon.

Carole's first book Reclaim Your Life - You and the Alcoholic/Addict, has become an invaluable guide for the family members and friends, clinicians, recovery centers as well as the alcoholic/addict themselves. It is endorsed by the President/CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies, Inc and is displayed and referenced at the Betty Ford Center. Carole will be the featured counselor for Al-Anons yearly magazine Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism in 2012. Carole has done numerous radio interviews across the country promoting her book and is developing programming for reality based television based on her counseling experiences.

Carole's practice in Santa Barbara, California stretches globally as she counsels by phone as well as in person.

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After attempting to live with an alcoholic, I was introduced to this book. Even though I was in counseling, I couldn't take the counselor home with me! This book would have saved me so much heart ache!! I'm recommending it to everyone I know that has an addict or someone with an addictive personality close to them!!! Thank you Carole!!
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Carole: you have written a great book for those in need on both sides of the addiction equation - the one struggling with the addiction and those struggling with the addict. I am so glad we were able to get your voice on the Living section of the Huffington Post. Keep up the great service!

Russell Bishop, Senior Editor at Large, The Huffington Post
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I found this book to be a page turner from start to finish. Every chapter offers both insight and solutions to the daily struggle that we who are living with an addict/alcoholic need. From keeping our expectations in order to the exact words to say, Carole Bennett offers the reader wisdom and step by step solutions to "our role" in the addict's life. The most important person to care for is You. That particular chapter should be read over and over and nailed to our very foreheads to remind us.

One of the worst parts of the role of the enabler in an alcoholic's life is our denial. Carole helps pick away at our worst fears and emerge as a whole person again. For anyone contemplating this book, you will read it and feal a huge sense of calm at the end of the book.
Nothing about our struggle is simple and having our eyes opened in a new way is what Carole's book is all about. I highly recommend it.
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This book, Reclaim Your Life, offers an incredible opportunity for anyone who is dealing with or is an alcoholic or addict to help them get their lives back on track. It is insightful and constructive and I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to get a better understanding of how to handle some common issues related with alcoholism, addiction and sometimes just plain old everyday behaviors.
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Carole has written an excellent resource for both "sides" of the family disease of addiction (whether it's to drugs or alcohol). Because addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease, the brain changes caused by the disease change a person's behaviors. Coping with those changed behaviors, without understanding the nature of the disease, has a significant impact on family members and the quality of their lives, as well. Carole's engaging book helps all concerned better understand what's happened and especially for the family member -- how to better communicate and set boundaries that can improve their lives, regardless of whether the addict/alcoholic seeks recovery. Lisa Frederiksen, author of If You Loved Me, You'd Stop! What You Really Need to Know When Your Loved One Drinks Too Much and Loved One in Treatment? Now What!
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As a co-dependant to an alcoholic partner, this book changed my life! It is really well written and easy to read and Carole has a great way of setting out how to reclaim your life from the addict. This book answered a lot of questions for me regarding my life and the alcoholic in it, and made me feel empowered and confident that i could implement the changes i needed to regain control of my life.

The short chapters make the book easy to read. I actually started reading this book at about 9am on a Sunday and I didnt put it down till i had read it cover to cover! Unlike other self help books that can go on a bit, Carole made this book really easy to read and even easier to understand.

If you are living with a problem drinker / addict this book is a definate must!
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I find that most people knows someone who with an addiction issues. There is so little out there to help the folks AROUND the one with addiction. This book is transformative in helping deal with a loved one's addiction. It gives you enormously helpful and practical tools, words and concepts to use. And is always compassionate and loving at the same time. Just the combination - strength/structure along with understanding/compassion - needed when dealing with someone who is suffering from addiction. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Even if you do not have a drug or alcholic addicted person in your immediate family, there are so many great ideas for just good living and feeling good about yourself,especially in the section entitled "Communication and Boundaries". I found it amazingly helpful in dealing with my young grandchildren and my adult children, who still need "boundaries". Thank you Ms. Bennett for some great insights. Gail Rose Kane, Cleveland, Ohio
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