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A relative or friend has finally taken those tentative first steps toward sobriety. With the relief of this life-changing course of action comes a new and difficult set of challenges for recovering addicts and those who love them. Family members and friends often find themselves unsure of how to weather such a dramatic turn, as the rules and routines of their relationships no longer pertain.

Everything Changes assuages fears and uncertainty by teaching loved ones of newly recovering addicts how to navigate the often-tumultuous early months of recovery. Beverly Conyers, author of the acclaimed Addict in the Family, again shares the hope and knowledge that she gained as a parent of a recovering addict by focusing on the aftermath of addiction. She outlines the physical and psychological changes that recovering addicts go through and offers practical tools to help family members and friends:

  • Build fresh, rewarding relationships with the addict
  • Be supportive without setting themselves up for disappointment
  • Avoid enabling destructive behavior
  • Set and maintain boundaries
  • Cope with relapse
  • Deal with the practicalities of sober living

©2009 Hazelden Foundation (P)2016 Tantor

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  • lachelle
  • 19-09-2018

excellent

loved it. a lot of excellent advice. helped me understand a lot more. would recommend

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  • Sheryl Holscher
  • 11-01-2019

worth reading

I read this book my friend's husband is an alcoholic and she wanted me to understand what their family is going through.

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  • TonyC
  • 27-04-2018

A good listen

Very informative, wish I had the text to highlight points to remember. I may have to buy the book too so I can read along again and highlight points to remember. Definitely want to get copies for my family going through this with our loved one.

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  • Karen S.
  • 13-08-2019

Honest account but left feeling depressed rather than hopeful

I found the content of the book useful but the delivery very slow, monotone and depressing. I know it’s not an upbeat subject, but the tone could be a little more motivational and hope inspiring, given that a major message of the book is to provide an environment of hope to support the addict.

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