Why Don’t They Just Quit by Joe Herzanek
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Why Don't They Just Quit by Joe Herzanek
First published in 2007, Herzanek himself has been sober for over 35 years and works in the substance abuse field. This book is a good resource for any loved one of an alcoholic or addict who is looking for answers to a myriad of questions. Herzanek talks about such things as hitting bottom, how enabling is actually not helping the addict, relapse, what recovery really is and even staging an intervention. He gives a lot of valuable information along with first-hand accounts of his experiences and many recovery stories from real people that bring a lot of emotion to the book.
Herzanek uses his experiences as a recovering addict, a father of an addict, and someone who works in the substance abuse field to provide invaluable insight into dealing with someone in active addiction. He outlines specifically the types of manipulation, denial and excuses that addicts tend to use and provides effective techniques for families and loved ones to counter these behaviors. While many in recovery, including myself, believe that we need to hit some sort of bottom in order to recover, it is also a common belief that this bottom can be "raised" so that addicts do not need to become inmates or homeless in order to surrender. The author talks about this as well and it is good information if you are watching a loved one spiral out of control from this disease.
The author has created quite an enterprise out of his products, which now include dvd's, additional books and even telephone counseling. Get the book and you will be sure to get exposure to the additional options. If you'd like to grab a copy of Why Don't They Just Quit by Joe Herzanek, you can get it here:
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