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Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You by Charles Rubin

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Jul 19th, 2014
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Don't Let Your Kids Kill You by Charles Rubin

I have some mixed feelings about this particular book.  I find that some of the best books on how to deal with addicts and alcoholics are written by recovering addicts themselves, perhaps those who have lived through issues with their own children.  This is not one of those.  The author, Charles Rubin, has gotten plenty of air time and plugs for his book from major networks and publications, yet there is an element of sensitivity lacking here that bothers me.   When addiction is not depicted for what it is, a disease, but rather a moral and behavioral issue, this bothers me as well.  Finally, and I'll be done, when an author refers to children (adult or not) in active addiction as "druggies" and "junkies", there denotes a definite lack of understanding and empathy for what is really going on here.

Is this book unredeemable?  Not really.  There is a lot of good information here about setting boundaries and taking back your own life if you have been an enabler and co-dependent.  If you have a child who has been severely taking advantage of you, or even causing harm, this may be a terrific resource to get you moving in the right direction to a more healthy outlook and living situation for yourself.  Despite our natural instincts, it's true that we need to take care of ourselves first or we won't be of any good use to anyone else.  The concepts here are valid but I think that the suggested application of many of them in this book are a bit harsh and unrealistic.

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