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Reclaim Your Life offers new hope to those who have been frustrated or disappointed by the lack of sophisticated literature available to the friends and families of the alcohol and drug-dependent --Charlies Donelan Santa Barbara Independent.<br \><br \>I know this book will be a practical and valuable tool for family and friends of someone addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Reclaim Your Life is an invaluable guide to understanding the nature of addiction to alcohol and other drugs, understanding how the family is affected, assuming personal responsibility for their own recovery, and loving someone who is addicted to alcohol or other drugs while taking care of themselves. - --Robert Lindsey, President/CEO National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.<br \><br \> --Robert Lindsey, President/CEO National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

I know this book will be a practical and valuable tool for family and friends of someone addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Reclaim Your Life is an invaluable guide to understanding the nature of addiction to alcohol and other drugs, understanding how the family is affected, assuming personal responsibility for their own recovery, and loving someone who is addicted to alcohol or other drugs while taking care of themselves. - --Robert Lindsey, President/CEO National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Charles Donelan Santa Barbara Independent. ABOUT THE AUTHOR For over twenty years, Carole Bennett, MA, has been personally enmeshed in the world of addiction and recovery with her own family s alcohol and drug dependency issues. Professionally, her Masters of Clinical Psychology has afforded her work as a treatment counselor for The Salvation Army and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Carole writes regular blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post on addiction and recovery. She is currently a practicing clinical counselor, with her own practice, Family Recovery Solutions located in Santa Barbara, California. A percent of the author's proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to recovery program scholarships. --Charles Donelan - Santa Barbara Independent

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For over twenty years, Carole Bennett, MA, has been personally enmeshed in the world of addiction and recovery with her own family s alcohol and drug dependency issues. Professionally, her Masters of Clinical Psychology has afforded her work as a treatment counselor for The Salvation Army and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Carole is a staff blogger on addiction and recovery for The Huffington Post, has written numerous articles for recovery newspapers and the magazine Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism, and was profiled for KCBS in conjunction with the television movie about Lois Wilson, the co-founder of Al-Anon. Carole s practice in Santa Barbara, California, stretches globally, as she provides personal, in-depth counseling by phone as well as in person.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Hill Press, Inc; First edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970805047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970805041
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After attempting to live with an alcoholic, I was introduced to this book. Even though I was in counseling, I couldn't take the counselor home with me! This book would have saved me so much heart ache!! I'm recommending it to everyone I know that has an addict or someone with an addictive personality close to them!!! Thank you Carole!!
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It is a very well written book and is helpful to us as parents of an alcoholic. I especially appreciated the end part where it shows the feelings of the addicts. The author knows what she is talking about, as she has alcoholics in her family and has also dealt with many others with the same problem.
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As a co-dependant to an alcoholic partner, this book changed my life! It is really well written and easy to read and Carole has a great way of setting out how to reclaim your life from the addict. This book answered a lot of questions for me regarding my life and the alcoholic in it, and made me feel empowered and confident that i could implement the changes i needed to regain control of my life.

The short chapters make the book easy to read. I actually started reading this book at about 9am on a Sunday and I didnt put it down till i had read it cover to cover! Unlike other self help books that can go on a bit, Carole made this book really easy to read and even easier to understand.

If you are living with a problem drinker / addict this book is a definate must!
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Carole: you have written a great book for those in need on both sides of the addiction equation - the one struggling with the addiction and those struggling with the addict. I am so glad we were able to get your voice on the Living section of the Huffington Post. Keep up the great service!

Russell Bishop, Senior Editor at Large, The Huffington Post
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I found this book to be a page turner from start to finish. Every chapter offers both insight and solutions to the daily struggle that we who are living with an addict/alcoholic need. From keeping our expectations in order to the exact words to say, Carole Bennett offers the reader wisdom and step by step solutions to "our role" in the addict's life. The most important person to care for is You. That particular chapter should be read over and over and nailed to our very foreheads to remind us.

One of the worst parts of the role of the enabler in an alcoholic's life is our denial. Carole helps pick away at our worst fears and emerge as a whole person again. For anyone contemplating this book, you will read it and feal a huge sense of calm at the end of the book.
Nothing about our struggle is simple and having our eyes opened in a new way is what Carole's book is all about. I highly recommend it.
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I have been in the relationship from hell with someone I love dearly who I tried to fix in every way I could. This person was beautiful, smart, talented, so funny but she kept sabotaging every good thing and every good relationship in her life. It is truy tragic to watch someone you love destroy everyone and everything good around them and be able to do nothing about it. Now I realize that I can't fix anyone. I don't even know why I thought I could or why I kept beating my head against the wall. Through Carole's book, Al-anon, the support of friends and white-knuckling no-contact, I'm slowly getting myself and my joyful life back. The way Carole describes the dry drunk behavior, the emotional abuse, the craziness, the manipulation, the constant lies - it's like she lived my life the past two years. It's still a daily struggle, but with Carole's invaluable advice, I'm coming back to life. Thank you Carole!!!!!!
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If you live with or have had a family member that has struggled with addition this is a must read. It will help you to understand their thought process and will help you develop the tools to survive this time in your life.
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This book gives a person dealing with an alcoholic/addict informative insight into protecting themselves from being caught up in the alcoholic's/ addict's manipulation. Practical examples of behavior and communication techniques are helpful in developing a plan to recover yourself and set clear boundaries for the alcoholic/addict. Bought and read it in one day and put some of the skills to use that same evening.
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