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‘Beyond Addiction’ assists families and friends through the process of recovery

Posted on 01-06-15 in Recovery

Substance abuse has the ability to destroy the health and happiness of one person along with that of their family. It has claimed a number of lives, but thankfully there are programs available to those struggling with addiction that can offer them a new chance at life. The recovery process is not only difficult for the substance abuser, but for the family and friends as well.

Co-authors Jeffrey Foote, Ph.D., Carrie Wilkens, Ph.D., Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. and Stephanie Higgs of “Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change” understand this fact and, in this new book, utilize 40 years of analysis and clinical research to offer family members a realistic and applicable way to approach the struggle of the abuse and addiction their loved one is dealing with. “Beyond Addiction” goes past the drama of interventions and use of tough love to focus on teaching families how to use positive reinforcement, kindness and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved one change for the better. This allows family and friends to take a new approach that is both less daunting to them and the substance abuser and more effective for everyone involved.

This book delves into the nature of addiction, how it takes hold and its underlying psychological causation which can be a mental health disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. It also guides its readers away from the trap of codependency and utilizes lists and helpful exercises to help family members identify the stage of abuse their loved one is in, find coping mechanisms and modes of self-care to learn the limitations and importance of positive communication.

“Beyond Addiction” also includes information on treatment options and levels of care available to those who need it. Ultimately, the authors are able to promote hope for profound possibilities through understanding, coping and thriving while being delivered with warmth, optimism and humor.

The support of both the one in recovery and their family and friends is an important part of overcoming drug and/or alcohol addiction. Thankfully, “Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change” is able to offer a helping hand in this endeavor.

“Beyond Addiction” co-author Foote is a nationally recognized clinical research scientist and the co-founder and Execute Director of the Center for Motivation and Change. Foote has worked as a clinician and researcher and has developed a unique motivational treatment approach that includes principles from both group treatment and human behavior change.

Wilkens has worked as the Clinical Coordinator for Evaluation Services at the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center in New York, N.Y. She also specializes in motivational treatments and group psychotherapy. Kosanke has worked in both therapeutic and research settings to address the most effective ways to help people change substance abusing behaviors and to help loved ones effectively assist during the process of change while still taking care of themselves.

Written by Brianna Gibbons, Sovereign Health Group writer