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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940552
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LibraryJournal.com"This may be the first work specifically addressed to adult siblings of alcoholics. Clear and comprehensive, it is recommended for public libraries."

About the Author

Patricia Olsen has written for many publications, including the New York Times, USA Weekend, the Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, and Spirituality & Health. She lives in New Jersey.

Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., is the director of The Addiction Institute of New York and chief of addiction psychiatry at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City.

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Real insights that helped me cope!
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I bought this as a gift for someone with this exact issue and she told me that it really gave her a lot of insight and helpful ideas.
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The book is very user friendly and well organized in terms of the topics covered so it serves as an easy reference.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By amharv on July 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Sober Siblings is the book that someone should give you when your sister or brother is a hopeless drunk. For the sober and responsible one in the family, this slim paperback will tamp down your anguish and allow you to see your family's situation more clearly. There are simple suggestions for setting boundaries, avoiding nasty scenes with the drunk, and even coping with a parent who is too involved with the drinker. The book explains the additional psychological or physical problems that may dog the drinker, and even the kinds of therapy you might find useful. A true bonus, the tone of voice of the two authors, one a sober sibling and one an addiction guru, makes readers feel as if -- at last -- they've found the knowledgeable, sympathetic guide they needed so badly.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dslnh on July 17, 2008
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There are personal recollections throughout this book which offer a window into the dysfunctional nature of alcoholic families. These stories link to clearly defined guidelines for coping and getting help. The book is very user friendly and well organized in terms of the topics covered so it serves as an easy reference. Dr. Levounis, a psychiatrist and renowned expert on addiction, includes comments based on current medical data as well as examples culled from his years of clinical practice. Both authors Patricia Olsen and Dr. Levounis seek to assuage the guilt and trauma of this stressful situation and are compassionate advocates for both the sober sibling and the affected family member. They offer practical advice on how to reevaluate the relationship and how to adjust expectations and parameters to establish a healthier bond that respects both individuals' responsibilities and needs. Since alcohol and drug addiction is so pervasive and causes so much heartache, a great many families could benefit from the wisdom in this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Schreer on November 17, 2008
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How to help your alcoholic brother or sister and not lose yourself . . . can well be applied to a toxic friend. Combining Ms. Olsen's personal experience and Dr. Levounis (Director: The Addiction Institute of New York) straight forward direction, this book addresses all emotional and dependent stresses on the person trying to help the addicted or emotionally toxic person in your life. This is a must read for anyone touched by this type of tragic situation and their own feeling of helplessness and setting boundaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By honeysucklemoon on July 26, 2013
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This book is well-written and an easy read, but it just didn't offer me any NEW information. As the sister of an end-stage alcoholic (who is living with and being enabled by our father), the book only confirmed what I have already learned through many years of dealing with this addiction. If you're just beginning on this journey, then this book will be very helpful for you in terms of giving you permission to draw boundaries in your own life, and accepting that there's nothing you can do to change your alcoholic sibling, or help them, until they want to get better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Beers on January 16, 2014
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This book helped me through some of the hardest times. I have two siblings who are alcoholics (and more) and I cannot tell you how much of a help this book was for me. It cleared up some things I was angry about and helped me with dealing with my siblings. Thank you Patricia. Well writen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Swbwalt on June 23, 2013
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I found this book so very valuable. I highlighted so many passages to refer back to. Helpful in dealing with my guilt and all the complicated issues that go with being the sober sibling. Highly recommend this book.
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