Check It Out: Books
Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts
This is a compassionate, user-friendly handbook for family and friends piloting the many challenges that come with a loved one's new-found sobriety and recovery journey. Everything Changes eases fears and uncertainty by teaching families of newly recovering addicts how to navigate the stressful early months of recovery. She outlines both the physical and psychological changes that the recovery journey contains. She offers practical tools to help family members and friends.
Author: Beverly Conyers
Publisher: Hazelden April 2009
The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages, from youth to grandparents, and regardless of where they live or what caregiving looks like for them and their loved ones.
The strategy was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE Family Caregiving Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. It will be updated in response to public comments and will evolve with the caregiving landscape. Take a look and comment when appropriate.
You will find the document at: 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers | ACL Administration for Community Living.
Resources for Learning
Celebrate Reading books by Native authors is one great way to celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Look for some of these titles at your library or local bookstore.
Check out: Explore how children learn through storytelling traditions (pbs.org).
Alateen – Hope for Children of Alcoholics
“If no one knows us as we really are, we run the risk of becoming victims of our own self-hatred. If we can be loved by somebody who sees us as we are, we can then begin to accept ourselves. Others rarely think we’re as bad as we do.”
If you live with issues related to substance use in your environment, check out the resources of Alateen or Al-anon. Take care of yourself.
The Addiction Monster: A Childrens Guide to Understanding the Dynamics of Drugs and Alcohol
THE ADDICTION MONSTER is a powerful tool for children 5 years and older that will help them understand the dynamics of chemical dependency. The book is written as a form of Narrative Therapy, which uses the tool of externalizing the problem and allows the child to see that the problem of chemical dependency is a separate entity (the Monster) from the mother.
Janet Amptman (Author), David Amptman (Illustrator) - March 22, 2014
Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Parenting Through Your Adult Child's Addiction: Making Sense of Treatment, Aftercare, and Recovery Recommendations
No parent imagines their tiny infant growing up to have an addiction. If you are worried your son or daughter’s use of drugs or alcohol has reached a sufficient level of concern, you may be exploring or have already admitted your adult child to treatment. As a parent you are hard-wired to love, provide, protect, nurture, and rescue your young, just like all other creatures. Yet here you are, trying to learn what you can do to support your loved one without revealing the resentments, doubts, fears, and expectations you harbor. Learn more about this journey and the tools for taking care of yourself through this experience.
Ginny H. Mills - October 10, 2019
Publisher: Year of the Book Press
The Gambling Addiction Recovery Book: Working the Twelve of Steps of Gamblers Anonymous & Steps for Meetings
Much of the text is based on the collective experience and wisdom of Gamblers Anonymous members as they have expressed themselves at meetings, conferences and private
Publisher: G.A. Publishing, March 31, 2020
Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child's Eye
Jerry Moe, an addictions professional and National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center, offers rich and wide-reaching collection of poignant stories and humorous anecdotes about children and teens who are navigating their way through the healing process. This provides a way for young people to know they are not alone and receive support on their journey.
Jerry Moe, December 2007
Publisher: Health Communications
It Will Never Happen to Me: Growing Up with Addiction as Youngsters, Adolescents, and Adults
This is Claudia Black's bestselling classic, revised, on the experience of being raised in an addictive household. While continuing to recognize alcohol as the primary addiction within families, this revised edition of It Will Never Happen to Me, extends concepts to include addictive disorders involving other drugs, money, food, sex, and work.
Claudia Black PhD– December 22, 2020
Publisher: Central Recovery Press
"Dear David: Dealing with My Son’s Addiction One Letter at a time"
If you are a parent impacted by the substance use of your child, this is a good read for you. Martha Wegner shares her journey of recovery as a parent through her blog letters she wrote to her son David. The 216 pages takes you on her journey as she and her son strive to become healthy.
Martha Wegner - 2019
Publisher: Calumet Editions
Today more grandparents in Illinois are raising their grandkids, creating "grandfamilies" and the number is going up. In Illinois, the most identified reason is substance use disorder of the parent. You may be one of these grandparents. It is a responsibility many grandparents never expected! If you have assumed this role, you probably have some questions.
- How will I find the energy for this? - What if I "blow it?" - How will I budget this? - How do I handle my sadness and loss of friends? Each day, you look for ways to make life easier.
Check out the following: SO, YOU'RE RAISING YOUR GRANDKIDS! by Harriett Hodgson (2018)
Publisher: WriteLife Publishing