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Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening Paperback – December 12, 2003
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--Claudia Black, PhD, author of It Will Never Happen to Me
"For decades it was believed that there was nothing one could do to help substance-abusing loved ones until they hit bottom or that heavy-handed confrontational tactics were necessary. Bob Meyers has developed a remarkably effective and gentle method for working through family members and concerned significant others to help their 'unmotivated' loved ones get into treatment. It is no longer necessary to feel helpless and hopeless. This book offers clear and practical advice based on solid scientific research."
--William R. Miller, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry and author of Motivational Interviewing
"Get Your Loved One Sober is an outstanding resource for persons dealing with loved ones who refuse to get help for their substance abuse problem. Years of research show that the approach described in this book works. I highly recommend it."
--Timothy O'Farrell, PhD, chief of the Families and Addiction Program, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
'If you feel like your life is out of control because of someone else's substance abuse, this book will put you in the driver's seat with research-based strategies that can make life infinitely better--for you and your loved one. Get Your Loved One Sober fills a void for everyday people as well as professionals who feel helpless and hopeless concerning substance abusers in their lives. Clearly written and engaging, this book can move you from feeling like a passive victim to becoming an empowered, active player in helping a loved one overcome a drinking problem."
--Anne M. Fletcher, MS, RD, LD, author of Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems--Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded and recipient of the Research Society on Alcoholism Journalism Award
"Lucid and clear, this book will help those who love an addicted person find the practical steps they need to take to facilitate change. I recommend it highly."
--Thomas Bien, PhD, coauthor of Mindful Recovery and Finding the Center Within
About the Author
Robert J. Meyers, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. He is also the Associate Director of the Clinical Research Branch of the Center on Alcoholism Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA). CASAA is internationally known for its excellence in substance abuse research and treatment development. Dr. Meyers has worked in the substance abuse field for over 27 years and has published several books and dozens of articles.Brenda L. Wolfe, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Post-Traumatic Stress. In addition to her busy private practice, Dr. Wolfe is involved in research collaborations at the University of New Mexico, serves as a corporate consultant for the development of psychologically based services, and is active in various professional organizations. Her books and articles have appeared in both the popular and professional press.
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If you looking for help to get your loved one sober this is the book for you. I buy these book 5 or so a time and give them away to friends that are struggling with a substance use disorder.
What I like most about this book is that it turns the focus from the addictive behavior of your loved one back onto YOURSELF. Many people who have a loved one with an addictive issue have really turned their lives upside down, focusing all their energy and efforts on the addiction. Get Your Loved One Sober helps remind everyone that they deserve to be the focus of their own lives, they deserve to be happy and healthy, and most of all they deserve to be safe. With great tips on everything from WHEN to speak to a loved one about an addictive behavior to HOW to make sure you're prepared to get out if things turn violent, Get Your Loved One Sober prepares family and friends to make the most helpful decisions for them when situations become difficult to navigate.
I first heard about this book when searching online for 12-step alternatives. I found SMART Recovery Online, and they have a fantastic section of resources for Family and Friends of those with addictive behaviors. They have weekly online voice meetings firmly based in the techniques outlined in Dr. Meyers' book. Between SMART Recovery Online and this wonderful book, I am feeling healthier and happier than I can remember in a long time. My loved one is making great process in recovery, and we have a wonderful future to look forward to.
While this book is not a "quick-fix" (since there are no quick-fixes in the field of recovery) it quickly got me on my way to doing positive, helpful things that made me feel happier, healthier and more hopeful right away. Really, the book is not about our loved ones, rather it's really about how to get ourselves to a better place - and thereby be a bigger help to our loved ones. It has been truly life changing for me and my loved one. Thank you Dr. Meyers!
I have personally witnessed the life-altering effects of CRAFT in the behavioral health field as well as a mother and wife. I hand a copy of this book out to every loved one of a substance abuser that I know and am thrilled when I see people, families, and communities improve their relationships and their lives.
If you were looking for help... you've found it!