Joe's book helps us to understand the addiction and recovery process.
He combines a lifetime of personal and professional experience dealing with this issue in a practical and highly personal overview. The book is excellent. I wish I had read it a year ago.
--Sheriff Joe Pelle, Boulder County, Colorado
As a recovering person myself, I found this book to be full of facts that will be useful in sharing with visitors having questions at our weekly meetings. I especially appreciate that Joe included the spiritual part of recovery, which may keep some in recovery focused on helping others. Most importantly, the underlying message that I read was anyone can recover, bringing hope to those seeking direction.
--Vicki Beatty, Celebrate Recovery Leader/Covenant Chapel, Leawood, Kansas This book will be valued by many, many people.
A very meaningful gift of God's grace to families who need sanity in the middle of their runaway insanity. --Mike Richards Jr., Director of Recovery Ministries/International Bible Society, Houston, Texas Your story has encouraged me and helped me to deal with my son's addictions and has given me great peace as a parent.
I no longer feel alone with a terrible cloud of guilt, my son's choices have been his own, and I as a parent have done all I can. I will continue to love him and encourage him and, as far as possible allow him to make his mistakes knowing that it is okay to do so. Your book exposed my own trigger points and how I can handle them better. I can put away the guilt and the shame, pick up my own pieces and move forward, helping him to do the same. --Kathy Cowley, Parent, Longmont, Colorado . . . stayed up late last night reading various parts of it; inspiring! This book is for people like me; someone with chemically addicted people in their life.
If you, or someone you know and love, are living in the tornado of addiction, finding it spinning you around with your loved one, then this book can be one of the most clear/helpful guides in understanding how to navigate through the confusion, drama and pain that is associated with addiction in a family. Passionate, humble, full of wisdom . . . a must read for the addicted and those who care about them. --Donna Schwartz, MFT, CAC III Valley Hope Treatment Services in Colorado, former Family Program Therapist of Parker Valley Hope Treatment Center Many of you reading this book are facing the battle of your life.
Alcohol and drugs consumed my daughter's life. I can't put into words the anguish of attending my daughter's funeral. I wish I would have had this book long ago. Maybe Mia would still be here. I didn't know how to help her.
Why Don't They Just Quit? is full of answers I could have used.
--Pam M. (Mia's Mom), Niwot, Colorado This book is a must read
not only for families of addicts and alcoholics looking for answers, but for anyone who has been intrigued by irrational compulsions and wondered how recovery takes place. I consider Why Don't They Just Quit?
to be one of the top five recovery books for families and I anticipate it being widely used by treatment programs throughout the country. --Nicholas Taylor, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, National Expert on the Treatment of Methamphetamine Addiction
Joe Herzanek, a man who battled his own demons of addiction over thirty years ago, says, I know people can change. If I can do it, anyone can!
Joe's own life struggles and practical advice offer hope and solutions to those living amidst the turmoil of someone's alcohol and drug abuse. Chaplain Joe Herzanek is the president and founder of Changing Lives Foundation. As an addiction counselor in Colorado he spent sixteen years working in the criminal justice system as the Chaplain at the Boulder County Jail. Joe is the former host of Recovery Television, speaker, producer of several DVDs and author of the award-winning book Why Don't They Just Quit?
His passion is for helping men and women struggling with addiction, as well as their family members and friends. Chaplain Joe Herzanek and his wife Judy have three children, Jami, Jake, and Jessica, and enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors with their two Cairn Terriers, Lewis and Clark.