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Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention

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Addictions don't pause because of the pandemic; family interventions may be necessary even in the time of coronavirus. Jeff and Debra Jay provide clear steps for harnessing the power of family, friends, and professionals to claim and create a better future with loved ones who suffer from addiction.

This revised and expanded edition of the most popular and effective book on
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 29th 2008 by Hazelden Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sue Birch
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinary book. I found it when researching interventions because of concerns about a family member's addictions. The book is based in both evidence, in terms of what works, and also in love and respect.

Through reading this book and hiring an interventionist (as recommended), along with a LOT of planning and heartfelt discussions, our intervention was successful and the family member remains clean and sober two years later. There are no guarantees in this process, of course, but
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With this book and Vern Johnson's classic "I'll Quit Tomorrow", we have the best information available on interventions and how they are used successfully, in most cases, to bring help to an active alcoholic. While the authors maintain that interventions can be designed and run by non-professionals, using a licensed addiction counselor trained to facilitate interventions greatly improves chances of success. Remember, though, an intervention is only the 1st step in a long process of recovery. ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a great resource for people who are considering an intervention for someone in their life, or even just someone who wants to know more about interventions. I do have some major criticisms about it though. I HATE the binary gendered language. There is no reason not to use they rather than switching between he and she. It's annoying and uninclusive. Additionally, there is a lot of bias in this book. There are opinions presented as fact (i.e. the person you are intervening on will ...more
Heather White
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read if you are facing the hell of drugs and alcohol.....

Anyone affected by a users choices that needs a greater understanding of what’s really happening. Also how to effectively approach elevating them and yourselves out of the cycle.
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Wonderful comprehensive book for anyone who loves an addict. My only suggestion would be for an abbreviated version for families with a very short timeline in intervention planning.
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