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Family Resources for Parents

Recommended Books

Recovering My Kid
Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond
Joseph Lee, M.D. 

National expert Dr. Joseph Lee explains the nature of youth addiction and treatment, and how families can create a safe and supportive environment for their loved ones during treatment and throughout their recovery.

Get Your Loved One Sober
Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening
Dr. Robert Meyers and Dr. Brenda Wolfe

Co-author Dr. Robert Meyers spent ten years developing a treatment program that helps Concerned Significant Others (CSOs) both improve the quality of their lives and to learn how to make treatment an attractive option for their partners who are substance abusers.

The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide
A Guide for Parents about How to Help Their Children Change Their Substance Use
The Center for Motivation and Change

The 20 Minute Guide pulls from Motivational Interviewing (MI), CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to give family members the best tools to help a loved one change their substance use while staying connected and using the power of science and kindness.

Beyond Addiction
How Science and Kindness Help People Change
Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens, Nicole Kosanke, and Stephanie Higgs

Goes beyond the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help someone change.

Addict in the Family
Beverly Conyers

Provides parents and other family members faced with the reality of a loved one's addiction with solid, actionable advice and information about what helps and what doesn't—and how to care for themselves.

Tending Dandelions
Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children
Sandra Swenson

By sharing the realities we never expected our families to face, mothers of addicted children support each other through experiences that can only be feared and imagined by others. From our shared struggles emerge opportunities for personal growth. Tending Dandelions is a vital source of wisdom, support, and strength that helps us begin our own journey of recovery.

Why Don’t They JUST QUIT?
Joe Herzanek

Watching a loved one immersed in an intense battle with alcohol and drug abuse may be the most difficult, complex and harrowing experience you'll ever have. This book offers a message of hope to families and friends, giving practical solutions so they can help anyone struggling with addiction to begin the road to recovery.

At Wit’s End
What You Need to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness
Jeff Jay and Jerry Boriskin

Families at wit's end about a loved one's co-occurring psychiatric and addictive problems will find vital information—and inspiration— in this important guide. As the authors explain, when psychiatric and addictive disorders travel together, they cause confusion among family members and even misdiagnoses for patients.

Parents to PhDs
Cathy Taughinbaugh

Includes 28 interviews with people who share heartache, wisdom, and healing from first-hand experience with substance use disorder.

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Videos

ShatterProof - Just Five
Delivers the most important concepts and facts regarding addiction in just five minutes.

Pleasure Unwoven - Dr. Kevin McCauley
Uses the spectacular landscape of Utah’s State and National Parks to describe the brain areas involved in addiction, turns complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images that will help people in recovery feel better understood, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible.

Podcasts

Episode: The Journey Back to Self
How to Feel Okay Despite a Loved One's Addiction

Author Beverly Conyers offers advice for parents and loved ones in this hopeful conversation with William C. Moyers on the Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery Podcast.

Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery Podcast
Hear what leading addiction and recovery experts are talking about—addiction trends, topics and challenges as well as research, practices and advances that point the most promising way forward.

My Child & Addiction Podcast
Conceived and developed by three fathers whose children are addicts. Joined by several other parent support group participants, their hope is that by sharing their stories other parents and family members are offered a little encouragement and heartfelt support as we all travel this most challenging journey together. You are not alone.

The Embrace Family Recovery Podcas
If you have ever wanted to know about addiction from the family’s perspective — the good, the bad and the ugly — look no further. Margaret Swift Thompson is a family addiction specialist with 20+ years of experience working at Hazelden Betty Ford.

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