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Suggested Reading and Resources

Addiction: New Understanding; Fresh Hope; Real Healing – Kevin McCauley, Corey A. Reich

addiction-new-understanding-fresh-hope-real-healing-kevin-mccauley-corey-a-reichThere is good reason to be optimistic about helping people with addictive disorders and their recovery. Touched by the effect of addiction in his family life, Jim Clegg founder of The Institute for Addiction Study–asks Drs. Kevin McCauley and Cory Reich a series of pointed questions about addiction and the nature of addicts. There has been a great reception of the CD containing the doctors explanation on what addiction is, what can be done about it, and why they advocate so strongly for the treatment of addicts as patients with a brain disease. Due to the overwhelming response to put in writing the topics covered in the interview, Drs. Kevin McCauley and Cory Reich have written this book on addiction. This book invites a new understanding of addiction, one that can provide individuals and families struggling with addiction real hope and even peace.

Pleasure Unwoven, DVD- Kevin McCauley

pleasure-unwoven-dvd-kevin-mccauleyThe important question about addiction is: “Is it really a “disease?” This video essay, filmed in high-definition and recipient of NAATP’s Michael Q. Ford Journalism Award 2010, presents the arguments for and against this question. Reviewing all the latest research about addiction along the way. Uses the spectacular landscape of Utah’s State and National Parks to describe the brain areas involved in addiction, turns complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images that will help people in recovery feel better understood, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible.

In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with addiction – Dr. Gabor Mate

in-the-realm-of-hungry-ghosts-close-encounters-with-addiction-dr-gabor-mateIn The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
, explores addiction as a symptom of distress, from the pain of individual trauma and family history to the spiritual emptiness pervading our entire society. Dr. Maté weaves brain science, case studies, personal testimony, and social critique into a powerful and kaleidoscopic look at one of our culture’s most perplexing epidemics. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts won the 2010 Hubert Evans Award for Best BC Non-Fiction Book.

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

codependent-no-more-how-to-stop-controlling-others-and-start-caring-for-yourselfIs someone else’s problem your problem? If, like so many others, you’ve lost sight of your own life in the drama of tending to someone else’s, you may be codependent–and you may find yourself in this book–
Codependent No More.
With instructive life stories, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests,
Codependent No More
is a simple, straightforward, readable map of the perplexing world of codependency–charting the path to freedom and a lifetime of healing, hope, and happiness

Codependents’ Guide to the Twelve Steps- Melody Beattie

codependents-guide-to-the-twelve-steps-melody-beattieMillions identified with Melody Beattie in
Codependent No More
and gained inspiration from her in
Beyond Codependency.
Now she’s back to help you discover how recovery programs work and to help you find the right one for you. Interpreting the famous Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps specifically for codependent issues for the very first time, this groundbreaking book combines Melody’s expertise with the experience of other people to:
• Explain each step and how you can apply it to your particular issues
• Offer specific exercises and activities to use both in group settings and on your own
• Provide a directory of the wide range of Twelve Step programs—including Al-Anon, Codependents Anonymous, Codependents of Sex Addicts, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and more
The uniquely warm and compassionate voice of Melody Beattie will inspire you to turn your life around—one step at a time.

The Big Book Of Alcoholics Anonymous

the-big-book-of-alcoholics-anonymousFourth edition (2001) of the Big Book, basic text of A.A. Since the first edition appeared, in 1939, it has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. Chapters describing the A.A. recovery program remain unchanged. New stories have been added to the personal histories.

The Recovery Book: Answers to All Your Questions About Addiction and Alcoholism and Finding Health and Happiness in Sobriety-Al J Mooney, Catherine Dold, Howard Eisenberg

the-recovery-book-answers-to-all-your-questions-about-addiction-and-alcoholism-and-finding-health-and-happiness-in-sobriety-al-j-mooney-catherine-dold-howard-eisenbergThe Recovery Book
provides a direct and easy-to-follow road map to every step in the recovery process, from the momentous decision to quit to the emotional, physical, and spiritual issues that arise along the way. Its comprehensive and effective advice speaks to people with addiction, their loved ones, and addiction professionals who need a proven, trusted resource and a supportive voice.

A Hole in the Sidewalk: The Recovering Person’s Guide to Relapse Prevention-Claudia Black

a-hole-in-the-sidewalk-the-recovering-persons-guide-to-relapse-prevention-claudia-blackThe journey along the road to recovery may be a glorious and fulfilling adventure, but there are dangers and pitfalls along the way. The person recovering from any addiction needs to be aware of the hazards that lead to relapse. A Hole in the Sidewalk points out ways to avoid the holes; as one travels the path of recovery. Each section offers additional tools for recovery. The more tools one gathers and uses, the more recovery will be strengthened. This book is written in a style that allows  the reader to skip to the various themes which explore issues that one identifies to be a priority. This book is not meant to be a program of recovery, but to be used as an additional tool for recovery.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle

the-power-of-now-a-guide-to-spiritual-enlightenment-eckhart-tolleIt’s no wonder that
The Power of Now
has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.
In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”

The Four Agreements- Don Miguel Ruiz

the-four-agreements-don-miguel-ruizIn The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
• A New York Times bestseller for over 8 years
• Over 6 million copies sold in the U.S.
• Translated into 40 languages worldwide

Language of letting Go- Daily meditations for codependents

language-of-letting-go-daily-meditations-for-codependentsMelody Beattie integrates her own life experiences and fundamental recovery reflections in this unique daily meditation book written especially for those of us who struggle with the issue of codependency.
Problems are made to be solved, Melody reminds us, and the best thing we can do is take responsibility for our own pain and self-care. In this daily inspirational book, Melody provides us with a thought to guide us through the day and she encourages us to remember that each day is an opportunity for growth and renewal.


www-alanon-alateen-orgSince its founding in 1951, Al‑Anon Family Groups has published more than 100 books and pamphlets that share a single purpose: to help family and friends recover from the effects of someone else’s drinking. This literature supplements the face-to-face meetings where Al‑Anon members share their insights and experiences with each other. It is only one tool of the Al‑Anon/Alateen program.


www-nar-anon-orgThe Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind.
When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among        true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your confidence and anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome.


www-coda-orgWe welcome you to Co-Dependents Anonymous, a program of recovery from codependence, where each of us may share our experience, strength, and hope in our efforts to find freedom where there has been bondage and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships with others and ourselves.


www-recovering-couples-comOurs is a fellowship of recovering couples. We suffer from many addictions and dysfunctions, and we share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problems and help other recovering couples restore their relationships. The only requirement for membership is the desire to remain committed to each other and to develop new intimacy.


www-familiesanonymous-orgFamilies annonymous is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. When you come into our rooms you are no longer alone, but among friends who have experienced similar problems.  Any concerned person is encouraged to attend our meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem.


www-celebraterecovery-comCelebrate Recovery
 is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.  It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.  25 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program    to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process.


www-asam-orgASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 4,000 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.


www-drugabuse-govThe mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. In this regard, NIDA addresses the most fundamental and essential questions about drug abuse — from detecting and responding to emerging drug abuse trends and understanding how drugs work in the brain and body, to developing and testing new approaches to treatment and prevention. NIDA also supports research training, career development, public education, public-private partnerships, and research dissemination efforts


www-samhsa-govThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.


www-nami-orgNAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.