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What to Look for in Winter

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Author: Candia McWilliamIf you want to read a gripping addict’s memoir, and you have not yet read this new book, then I strongly recommend Candia McWilliam’s What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness. The book deals with this Scottish novelist’s failing eyesight, a result of blepherospasm, a condition which forces the eyelids shut. But she also tells, in parallel, the story of her alcoholism and subsequent recovery.

R.R.P. £18.99
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Living with a drug user – for the parent of drug users

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A comprehensive booklet tackling in depth the many questions parent have when they find out a child is using drugs.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Living with a drug user – for partners of drug users

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A comprehensive guide covering the many questions you may have about your partner using drugs.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – Living with a partner using drugs

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A ten page A4 full colour booklet to explore the issues faced by people whose partner is using drugs or alcohol. The leaflet provides direct and practical answers to some of the most common questions posed by partners of drug/alcohol users.

Dealing both with the issues faced by both you and your partner, this booklet will help you to understand the drug/alcohol use from their perspective as well as gain greater awareness of the support you need.

The booklet also contains two case studies of partners of drug/alcohol users. The personal experiences of Gary and Tanya and the strength they have shown in talking about the impact drugs and alcohol is a source of identification and can help encourage partners to seek support in their own right.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – Living with a child using drugs

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A ten page A4 full colour booklet exploring the issues faced by parents of drug/alcohol users. The leaflet contains two case studies demonstrating many of the common experiences faced by parents. With a detailed description of the process most parents go through and practical answers to commonly posed questions this booklet provides an excellent introduction to ways and means of gaining support.

By reading about other parents’ experiences of living with a child using alcohol/drugs it is hoped those who are first seeking help will gain some identification and feel less isolated.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – Living with a child coming off drugs

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A ten page A4 full colour booklet exploring the issues face by parents whose children are withdrawing or detoxing. The leaflet describes some of the common problems and challenges faced when a child comes off drugs. The booklet also deals with family expectations of drug treatment and what to do if a child relapses. It provides practical answers to the common questions parents ask.
Two personal stories describe the highs and lows which parents experience; dealing both with the frustration when a child does not stay drug free and the hope of those when a child undertakes successful treatment. The personal stories explore these difficulties and help to explain how coming of drugs is nearly always a difficult process.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – Helping your grandchild: what to do if their parents use drugs

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Some parents take drugs without it adversely affecting their parenting skills. For others, their drug use is more problematic and they may experience difficulties in looking after their children. This 18 page A4 full colour publication is for grandparents affected by the problematic drug use of their sons or daughters, especially those grandparents who look after their grand children.
The booklet aims to highlight the important role that many grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives and the necessity of providing a stable home for children of drug using parents. It also relates the difficulties involved in fulfilling this role and the many hurdles that grandparents have to overcome.
Four personal stories describe many of the common experiences grandparents face and provides opportunities to identify problems and practical ways for grandparents to seek support.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – Living with drug related bereavement

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A 22 page full colour A4 booklet looking at the emotional trauma that affects people dealing with a death that has resulted form drug or alcohol use.
The magazine explores the emotional, physical and psychological aspects of drug related bereavement what grieving means and practical ways of coping with it. It aims to show that those grieving are not alone and details the real experiences of four people who have undertaken this process themselves.
The issues which bereaved families face are often complex. The emotional turmoil coincides with practical problems which most families never plan to face. This booklet provides support, guidance and signposting to help families deal with drug related bereavement.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – When Brothers and Sisters use drugs

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A 22 page A4 full colour booklet exploring the issues faced by brothers and sisters of drug/alcohol users. It provides useful, practical and emotional advice about what to do, and where to turn, when your brother or sister is using substances. Five personal stories provide a broad range of opportunities for readers to identify the similar problems they may be facing and understand some of the ways to resolve the issues they encounter. The booklet also provides a brief overview of what drugs are and explores the process that most brothers or sisters go through when they find out a sibling is using – including suggestions of where to go for help.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – When Parents take drugs

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A 30 page full colour A4 booklet designed for both young children and adolescents whose parents take drugs. This booklet has three sections:

  • A section for young children
  • A section for adolescents,
  • A section for professionals

The first two sections explore the issues children may face and ways for them to identify and deal with the feelings they have around their parent’s drug/alcohol use. It contains practical exercises which can be done alone or with an adult which many children would find useful.

The third section is for professionals, provides an extensive guide for the best way to use the booklet with young people; information about what drugs are; a guide to what young people may be going through; details about the law on drugs and young people and a comprehensive list of resources and organisations that can help children.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – for men

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Men often feel uncomfortable accessing support, or think that services aren’t able to meet their needs. This booklet is designed especially for men and contains real-life stories and key information on dealing with someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Journeys – for LGBT families

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LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people and their families often experience an extra layer of isolation from mainstream services, but this booklet looks at their specific needs. This Journeys contains:

  • A section for the parents of LGBT drug/alcohol users
  • A section for LGBT family members
  • An information resource on drugs (especially ‘club drugs’), LGBT language and common myths and stereotypes surrounding LGBT lifestyles.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Prison, Drugs and You: for the families and friends of prisoners

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A comprehensive 40 page guide exploring the issues faced by families of drug/alcohol using offenders. This booklet deals with the most common situations which families have to face such as: the arrest, visiting someone in prison, buying and supplying drugs in prison and preparations for release and resettlement. Adfam’s direct work with the families of drug and alcohol using offenders has been used to provide direct answers to some of the most common questions which families have: What went wrong?, What are the practical things I need to arrange?, What help it there in prison? and What support is there for me?
Prison, Drugs and You is an ideal resource for anyone who wants to provide families with comprehensive and direct guidance on how to deal with the problems that arise when a drug/alcohol using family member is arrested and sent to prison.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Prisons, Drugs and Your Family: Understanding the impact of drug activity – a booklet for prisoners

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An 18 page guide for prisoners to help them understand how their families feel and guidance on how to deal with prison life. Written in conjunction with HM Prison Service this guide provides a solid introduction for prisoners with drug/alcohol problems and is a useful resource for signposting prisoners to appropriate help. The booklet also contains practical guidance on issues such as:

  • Using drugs in prison
  • Drugs and bullying
  • How to find out if you have a drug problem
  • The problems and pitfalls of release

With useful contacts in the back this publication is an ideal resource for drug/alcohol affected prisoners with relevant, timely and straightforward information and guidance.

Author: Adfam.org
Price: Free for families
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book

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Alcoholics Anonymous-The Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. With publication of the second edition in 1955, the third edition in 1976, and now the fourth edition in 2001, the essential recovery text has remained unchanged while personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship. The long-awaited fourth edition features 24 new personal stories of recovery.

Author: A.A. World Service
R.R.P. £15.95
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Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

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Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A. way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A. maintains its unity.

Author: A.A. World Service
R.R.P. £13.99
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Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members

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This volume had its beginning in an Advisory Action of the 1987 General Service Conference, and fulfils a long-felt need in the Fellowship for a collection of reflections that moves through the calendar year – one day at a time. At the top of each dated page is a quotation from such sources as Bill W. in “Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, A.A. Comes of Age, As Bill Sees It, and The Best of Bill”; Dr. Bob from “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers”; and other A.A. Conference-approved literature.
Following each quote is a personal reflection, by an individual A.A. member, on the quotation. The A.A. members selected are not professional writers, and speak, of course, not for the Fellowship but for themselves – one A.A. member writing to other A.A. members.

Author: A.A. World Service
R.R.P. £9.95
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Living Sober

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An extremely informative book which does not offer a plan for getting sober but does offer us sound advice about how to stay sober. Basic, essential information from Alcoholics Anonymous. As the book states, “Anyone can get sober. . .the trick is to live sober.”

Author: A.A. Services
R.R.P. £11.99
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No Big Deal: A Guide to Recovery from Addictions

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Drug addiction, alcoholism, anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, compulsive gambling, sex-addiction, compulsive overspending, smoking, compulsive overworking, compulsive risk-taking, compulsive helping and compulsive controlling are here discussed as among the many different manifestations of addictive disease.
These apparently disparate behaviours share the characteristics of being excessive, of being mood-altering and of having increasingly negative consequences in the lives of those who are enslaved to them. The damage caused by addictive disease usually extends to parents, partners, children, spouses, friends, relatives and colleagues. 

Author: John Coats
R.R.P. £9.99
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Beat the Booze: A Comprehensive Guide to Combating Drink Problems in All Walks of Life

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Reclaim your life Beat The Booze is an inspirational, easy to read and highly practical book aimed at those who wish to cut down or cut out alcohol and at those who wish to help someone else who has a drink problem. It can help both problem drinkers and individuals who wish to reduce their alcohol intake simply for lifestyle reasons, and contains all the assistance the authors could find from interviewing leading experts in the field of alcohol addiction and case studies who have successfully cut down their drinking or given up alcohol altogether. It includes many new and previously little publicised sources of help, and the Appendix contains contact details for a vast range of organisations that can provide professional help and further information.

Author: Edmund Tirbutt, Helen Tirbutt
R.R.P. £9.99
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Slaying the Addiction Monster – An All-Inclusive Look at Drug Addiction in America Today

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This book is an in-depth look at the rampant drug epidemic in the USA. It includes personal interviews with leading cocaine researchers. Also included is advice from parents for other parents on how to cope with living with an addicted person. The book also takes you into the world of the drug addicted person and includes advice from children from beyond the grave, told by their parents’ recollection of events. The book offers signs to look for if you suspect your child is using drugs.
There is information on how to perform an Intervention and a compelling section on the Teen Brain. Also included are snippets from stories from I Am Your Disease (The Many Faces of Addiction), compelling synopses of the heartbreak experienced by the death of a beloved child. There is advice from NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) and the DEA and other agencies.
There is a section listing grief support websites, something that is sorely needed especially in the first awful days, weeks, months and years of mourning. Everything you need to know about addiction, grief, bereavement and mourning is included here. The book also offers a success story from one who has beaten the Addiction Monster. Keep it close by, you will refer to it often.

Author: Sheryl Letzgus Mcginnis
R.R.P. £18.95
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The Addiction Monster and the Square Cat

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The Addiction Monster and the Square Cat informs children of the perils of drug abuse through a charming story told through the voice of Pumpkin, The Square Cat. Honest and real without being gruesome, SQUARE CAT can speak to juveniles from age 8-10 through the teenage years, and offer parents and teachers a launch-pad for discussion.

Author: Sheryl Letzgus Mcginnis
R.R.P. £17.95
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Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternative to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening

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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. Get Your Loved One Sober describes this multi-faceted program that uses supportive, non-confrontational methods to engage substance abusers into treatment. Called Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), the program uses scientifically validated behavioural principles to reduce the loved one’s substance use and to encourage him or her to seek treatment. Equally important, CRAFT also helps loved ones reduce personal stress and introduce meaningful, new sources of satisfaction into their life.

Extract: The subtitle for this book, Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening, was chosen deliberately to emphasize that out program offers a positive alternative to the usual tactics people use to try get their loved ones sober. If your loved one is still abusing alcohol or other drugs, in spite of your repeated efforts to get them to quit, then it is time to try something different. It is time to try the Alternatives.
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Author: Robert J. Myers, Brenda L. Wolfe – Hazelden.
R.R.P. £13.99
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