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.
"Kathy L.'s The Intervention Book is an extremely valuable tool, as well as a great read, for people who are interested in helping loved ones find recovery. Kathy establishes that there are many ways to intervene in a person's cycle of addiction. Finding the right way for the person you are concerned about is the key to getting them on the road to recovery.
This book can be considered a blueprint for making the difference in a loved one's life as well as in the lives of all family members. Through the stories she shares we are shown the possibilities for moving forward. Bravo, Kathy! This book will help a multitude of people."-Karen Casey, PhD, author of Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow
"With so many nutty professors and talking heads trying to lasso drunks and drug addicts into the corral of straight and sober, Kathy L.'s The Intervention Book
is refreshing and true and a touchstone for changing the things you or a loved one can in order to get better. I know Kathy L. and her book is as good as she is. Buy a lot of copies and give them to those who have suffered
under the lash of addictions and compulsions that maim and kill." -Albert Clayton Gaulden, founding director of the Sedona Intensive
"Often family and friends don't know where to turn for help when they have a loved one who may be dealing with addiction. The Intervention Book offers clear and concise guidelines to provide an intervention and also shares the true experiences from many who have found their way into recovery. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for ways to better understand this disease and get the help and support they need." -Barbara Joy, parenting coach, author of Easy Does It, Mom and Moms to Moms
"Kathy's work offers a unique, multi-personal look into the world of addiction and intervention. The testimonials offer a myriad of pathways to quality recovery." -Rick Benson
, Director, Algamus Recovery Centers
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.