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The Intervention Book: Stories and Solutions from Addicts, Professionals, and Familiesby Kathy L
Synopses & Reviews
Millions of viewers have watched Dr. Drew conduct professional interventions with celebrities who are struggling with addictions. But we can't all afford a professional intervention. The Intervention Book offers real-life stories and step-by-step advice for intervening in a loved one's life.
In The Intervention Book, Kathy L., the 12-step recovery columnist for BellaOnline, one of the largest sites for women on the web, offers a comprehensive guide to understanding and staging interventions. She begins by explaining the concept of intervention--the critical waking up point when the addict accepts that addiction has taken over his life. She walks readers through the different types of interventions, and offers advice from professional counselors and family members who have used interventions successfully.
The Intervention Book includes stories of real people, more than twenty first-hand accounts from recovering addicts and alcoholics, along with their friends and families who have been through interventions and started recovery.
For anyone who has a friend or loved one struggling with an addiction, this book offers faith and hope of a life in recovery.
"In her first book, Kathy L., 12-step recovery editor for BellaOnline.com, focuses on the nature of addiction, which she sees as a family disease marked by co-dependency, meaning that family members (not just the addict) should attend 12-step programs. The author examines a wide variety of substance abuse and compulsive behavior, including gambling and eating disorders. A section on the three types of intervention — such as seeing a trained professional, or what the author calls 'divine' intervention — are informative if too brief. The bulk of the book consists of 19 short narratives about addicts in recovery. Most follow a common trajectory from childhood abuse, abandonment, or other injury through a period of repeated self-destructive behavior; realizations that intervention is needed; relapses and the ongoing but often successful struggle to maintain sobriety. Except for the author's occasional, irritating habit of injecting rhetorical questions ('Kind of looks like insanity, doesn't it?' she writes of one woman's behavior), these narratives are mostly engaging. But some readers will find too much emphasis on divine intervention ('God guided me,' says one woman), and a lack of attempt to derive a larger conclusion from these stories. This book is useful but less informative than it might have been. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kathy L. is the 12-Step Recovery Editor for BellaOnline. Her articles have been used to help counselors, therapists, support groups, and individuals dealing with addiction and recovery. She is a mother and grandmother and currently resides in Arizona. This is her first book. Brad Lamm is a regular on Dr. Oz, the author of How to Help the One You Love, the founder of Intervention Specialists, and co-creator of Addicted to Food on the OWN network.
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