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Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention Paperback – August 29, 2008
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--Robert M. Morse, MD, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Mayo Medical School
"The most comprehensive book available on the technique of intervention, Love First will save lives!"
--Kathy Ketcham, coauthor, Beyond the Influence and The Spirituality of Imperfection
"A landmark book that gives families life-saving tools to help get a loved one into recovery. Bravo!"
--Jim Ramstad, United States Congressional Representative
'Building a team, choosing a chairperson, anticipating objections, using checklists, and rehearsing for the intervention itself. The reader will find it all here!' - Robert M. Morse, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Mayo Medical School
'The most comprehensive book available on the technique of intervention, Love First will save lives!' - Kathy Ketcham, coauthor, Beyond the Influence and The Spirituality of Imperfection
'A landmark book that gives families life-saving tools to help get a loved one into recovery. Bravo!' - Jim Ramstad, United States Congressional Representative
'A no-nonsense approach to how to save someone you love from the ravages of addiction disease.' - William Cope Moyers, author of Broken
'A significant contribution to intervention literature, and an empowering antidote to the disease of addiction.' - William I. White, author of Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment
'I am truly excited about the book Love First. Families and loved ones who read this look at intervention will find the keys to begin the process of recovery. ' - John T. Schwarzlose, President, Betty Ford Center
'A convincing new approach to intervention that puts love and respect first.' - Jack Canfield, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
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According to the authors of "Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention", Jeff and Debra Jay, one of the biggest myths regarding addiction is the belief that you can't help an addict until he's ready for help. I'm guilty of believing that myself, along with the belief that an addict has to reach bottom. The bottom for most addicts, however, is likely to be death. Intervention is a way of raising the bottom.
Interventions work through the power of the group. One-to-one confrontations with addicts ore often ineffective. Addicts are skilled manipulators and can even manipulate well-trained addictions counselors. Interventions can be tough, so the authors stress the importance of love first. An intervention is not about begging, pleading, threatening, placating or bargaining; it's about using love as the most powerful tool we have to defeat addiction.
"Love First" is a step-by-step guide to intervention for the family. It's intensely comprehensive with the latest up-to-date scientific information in the field of addiction treatment. If you have a family member or friend who needs help for his or her addiction, then you must read Love First to discover that there is something you can do besides remaining helpless and hopeless.
David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"
If you have watched the TV series Intervention it shows near the end interventions being conducted, but that portion of each show is short, limited. This book goes in great depth the background and preparation needed to conduct successful interventions. Portions include how to write the letters to be read to the addict, who to have remain quiet, and what to have prepared if the addict agrees to leave for treatment.