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No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
by Debra Jay
“Detachment” has been the standard message of most addiction literature for the last twenty years. The conventional wisdom offered to an addict’s loved ones has been to let the addict “hit bottom” before intervening. Now intervention specialist Debra Jay challenges this belief and offers a bold new approach to treating addiction that provides a practical and spiritual life ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Bantam
(first published April 25th 2006)
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Only when every reasonable intervention technique is exhausted should we let someone free-fall. Even then, there are ways to raise the bottom, to stretch out the safety net of treatment and recovery. Addiction always presents new opportunities. The trick is recognizing them and knowing how to take action.
When the Hazelden Foundation asked sober alcoholics what set them on their new course to recovery, 77 percent said a friend or relative intervened. Someone cared enough to raise their [ro ...more
An excellent book whose main thrust is that families and loved ones should have a zero tolerance approach to alcoholism and addiction when it is poisoning an entire family unit. The oft cited words of AlAnon " to detach with love " and that the addict has to hit bottom are often taken out of the original context when dealing with addiction . Ms Jay is arguing that the family has a spiritual obligation to band together to intervene with the addict and save all concerned from hitting bottom . And ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Beverly Kennett rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Two really informative chapters that describe the physical changes in a person's brain during heavy alcohol abuse. The book also explains very well how all addictions change behaviors in a predictable way and what the changes look like.
Oct 18, 2011 Jakki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any family member or friend who loves someone with an addiction
"Taking responsibility to really help someone overcome their addiction is the most loving thing a person can do - NOT letting them hit bottom" (quote from book) - it's a disease, the entire family is affected so all should be involved in recovery. What a hopeful book with a very different perspective from main line thinking about addiction.
Even if you do not have an addict in your realm of friends or family, you could take something good from this book. Jay shares many stories of her work with addicts and their families to illustrate the major points in her book. Her explanation for alcoholism being a disease is the best I have read.
If you have been dealing with a loved one's addiction this book may prove to be a big help in getting them the help they need. Also helps anyone who has trouble understanding addiction as a disease to really understand it.