• Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children

    Author:  Charles Rubin

    As stated on the cover, “This book defies the myth that parents must sacrifice themselves. Instead, it shows them how to reclaim their power, balance, happiness … and lives!”  Rubin had two addicted children when he wrote the first edition. It’s harsh, but it would have been good for me to read. Rubin was depressed and obsessed with his kids and knew he had to change it up. It’s not just his story. It really is ways and means to get a grip and just keep going.…

    • Date

       August 23, 2016

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  • Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents

    by Allison Bottke

    When you sense it is time to set some serious boundaries. This book woke us up and then we changed it up.…

    • Date

       November 21, 2014

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  • What’s Wrong With My Kid? When Drugs or Alcohol Might Be a Problem and What to Do about It

    Author: George E. Leary, Jr.

    The title says it all.  As parents we need to trust our gut. I ran around for years asking about Ted’s behavior, “Is this normal?” I knew it wasn’t. This book has some answers.…

    • Date

       February 6, 2015

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  • Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana

    Author: Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

    If you think marijuana is no big deal or if you think it is and your child is arguing you to death that it’s not, educate yourself with this short, to-the-point book. Simple and factual, you will be blown away by the truth of marijuana.…

    • Date

       February 2, 2015

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  • Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption

    By William Cope Moyers, and Katherine Ketchum

    If you are a suburban parent like me, please read Broken. The Moyers were suburban parents like us who were blind-sided by their son’s choices. William Moyers tells his story in a way in which we begin to understand that addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful. A physician friend thanked me for giving him this read because he felt it helped him “get it.” People’s stories tend to do that. I give away many copies of this book.…

    • Date

       January 12, 2015

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  • Prodigals (and Those Who Love Them)

    Author: Ruth Bell Graham

    For encouragement, empathy and comfort there are a variety of poems, stories and reflections about loving a prodigal. Read about great spiritual leaders who were once prodigals. Yes, this is Billy Graham’s wife and yes they had prodigals.…

    • Date

       January 22, 2015

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  • When Mothers Pray

    Author: Cheri Fuller

    Encouragement, direction and companionship with other mothers like you. Lots of honesty found here.…

    • Date

       January 22, 2015

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  • It’s Not Okay to Be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating Your Family Alive

    Authors: Andrew T. Wainwright and Robert Poznanovich

    Professional interventionists with plenty of life experience, these two gentlemen know what they’re talking about.  This is an outstanding book if someone you love is taking your family hostage. Even better to read before someone you love takes your family hostage. Written with directness and humor (I know, is this subject funny? But they pull it off.)…

    • Date

       February 9, 2015

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  • Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk

    Author: Heather Kopp

    For those of us who have decided that getting sober means accepting Jesus which then equals problem solved, Kopp’s story of alcoholism starts with her as a Christian writer. She parallels her struggle with that of her own son’s. She has a great blog called, Sober Boots. When you read her book you’ll understand that blog name.…

    • Date

       January 22, 2015

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  • CLEAN: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy

    Author: David Sheff

    Sheff, who wrote Beautiful Boy, has gone on to advocate for recovery and the removal of the stigma attached to addiction. I’m disappointed with Sheff’s somewhat negative assessment of Alcoholics Anonymous, but he accurately names AA as a spiritual program which some reject. Besides that, this has helpful information on addiction.…

    • Date

       January 22, 2015

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  • Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

    Author: David Sheff

    Difficult, heart-rending reading to better understand drug addiction’s path and the helplessness a parent feels with a child using drugs.…

    • Date

       January 22, 2015

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  • Just Keep Going: Spiritual Encouragement from the Mom of a Troubled Teen

    Author: Sarah H. Nielsen

    You are not alone. Parents everywhere suffer in quiet desperation not knowing where to find help for their child or themselves when they are convinced something is very wrong.  “Maybe this book will help your peripheral vision to see that God Himself is walking that path next to you, in front of you, behind you, with His hand on your shoulder saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” From the introduction of Just Keep Going.…

    • Date

       January 22, 2015

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