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August 2022

The Addiction Monster: A Childrens Guide to Understanding the Dynamics of Drugs and Alcohol  

addiction_monester.jpgTHE 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

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May 2022

Parenting Through Your Adult Child's Addiction: Making Sense of Treatment, Aftercare, and Recovery Recommendations 

parenting_addiction.jpgNo 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


May 2022

The Gambling Addiction Recovery Book: Working the Twelve of Steps of Gamblers Anonymous & Steps for Meetings 

61cKwiLJE0L.jpgMuch 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
conversations. 

Publisher: G.A. Publishing, March 31, 2020


April 2022

Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child's Eye 

moe.jpgJerry 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 


March 2022

It Will Never Happen to Me: Growing Up with Addiction as Youngsters, Adolescents, and Adults 

clau_bl.jpgThis 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


February 2022

"Dear David: Dealing with My Son’s Addiction One Letter at a time"

der_david.jpgIf 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


January 2022

grand_raising.jpgToday 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