For years, families and friends of addicts have been trapped between two equally dissatisfying options - tough love and intervention. Now, you'll find a long overdue third option for actively helping addicts toward treatment and recovery in addiction expert Dr. Laurence M. Westreich's hopeful, reassuring guide. Through a combination of approaches he calls Creative Engagement and Constructive Coercion, Dr. Westreich uses detailed scripts to lead you through pivotal conversations and gives valuable how-to advice for issues such as engaging a therapist in the process; motivating addicts to recognize their problem based on their own definitions; combating an addict's defense mechanisms; and knowing when to use gentle disagreement, quiet listening, or forceful confrontation. He tailors options to your needs, focusing on the treatment most effective for the kind of addiction you are dealing with, what each treatment requires of you and the recovering addict, and the success rate of each approach. Helping the Addict You Love provides effective tools for staying actively engaged and playing a positive and crucial role in helping get your loved one into treatment - without getting hurt yourself.
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