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Now What?: An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery Paperback – September 24, 2012
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--Jane Brody, The New York Times
"His message is one of facing the truth and gathering strength from understanding....The book is meant to reach out to beginners but covers everything that one needs to know to start--and keep going--on a path of recovery."
--Anna Jedrziewski, Spirit Connection New York, New York, NY
About the Author
William C. Moyers is the vice president of Public Affairs and Community Relations at Hazelden Foundation and author of the New York Times best-selling title Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption. Moyers is a regular spokesperson for the media and regularly appears on Good Morning America. He has also been featured on Oprah, and multiple times on CBS News, CNN, Dr. Drew, WebMD, and the Huffington Post.
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The author, William Cope Moyers, is the son of two famous and accomplished parents who, in separate introductions to the book, reveal their distress at not knowing where to turn for information once they learned of his addiction, and their difficult road to learning how to deal with it. The author reveals that he underwent four separate relapses on the road to recovery. He makes the point that he learned something important each time and that relapse is part of recovery.
This book is particularly useful for parents of addicts who feel their lives unraveling because of their child's addiction. It chronicles how parents, out of love and concern for the addict, try to "fix" them or help them in ways that don't work.....like driving the addict to a rehab clinic and/or counseling when the addict himself has not yet committed to recovery. It makes the difficult point that the addict must be allowed to "hit bottom" (as frightening and distressing as that may be to people who love him) in order to decide to commit to recovery. The book suggests that parents leave the lines of communication to the addict open and consistently assure the addict of their love, yet discontinue activities that continue to enable the addict to "pass" as clean in his present lifestyle. The Appendix includes links to websites for Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, associations that help families of alcohol and drug abuse.
The book also has sections for the addict, including a summary of the Narcotics Anonymous 12-Step Program.
Mike S. continously sober since Oct 1981
For addicts ( of alcohol and/or drugs) and their caring families, this book is a buoy in the middle of the addiction ocean that's threatening to drown you. Read it, re-read it, consult it. Addiction recovery is a subject one can never know enough about. This book is different because it is written by someone who knows a lot about addiction and recovery and how to write about it. Moyers' own story is the underlying inspiration. All the stories he tells left me hopeful; the information in the book gave me things I can actually do to help. As a parent with an addicted teen just entering recovery, I found this book to be one of the best ones out there on this topic.