6 Must Reads For When Your Alcoholic’s Ready For Change

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Recently we published a list of essential books for your library. They were intended for someone who is family or friends with an alcoholic. The response has been excellent to this article.

Many want to know what books there are to help your alcoholic when they are ready to do something about their drinking. Below are some of the key books to have ready for that very moment. They’ll help your alcoholic and there are many things you will discover about alcoholism that you may never have known.

One of the questions we are continually asked is, “what can I do to help him into recovery”. While the focus has to be on you rather on his alcohol use, there are those moments when he WANTS help.

We at FMA encourage you to take advantage of those moments. It’s at these times that you will benefit by what you have prepared to do or have made available. Your preparation with these library additions stand ready to make their biggest impact…when he is ready.

I offer you the benefit of my work in the field of addiction for almost 30 years. These books and workbooks are among the best to produce the most impact for you and your alcoholic.

The resources I have included here are self directed workbooks that can be accomplished a lesson at a time. They are very self explanatory and easy to follow.

I have included two here. Either of them are a great start. They both have some unique ideas. If you put both into your library your alcoholic will benefit from them.

Substance Abuse & Recovery Workbook

by John J Liptak
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The Addiction Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Quitting Alcohol and Drugs

by Patrick Fanning
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One of the most common experiences shared by alcoholics is the fact of relapse. If only there was a way to plan and prevent the return to alcohol. Well, Terrance Gorski is the seminal leader in this subject.

When there was little understood about relapse Terrence took the issue and developed a strategy to take the bull by the horns. His approach is used in treatment centers all around the world.

If you want to be fully prepared for the time when your husband says, “I want to quit”, you will want this on your bookshelf.

Relapse Prevention Counseling Workbook: Practical Exercises for Managing High-Risk Situations

by Terence T. Gorski
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The idea of how addictions are related to each other and what makes up an addiction is explained in this powerful book. It can be used by a person who is addicted or family members. It provides a way to understand what happens as the disease begins through all of it’s stages. It is a great book along with a workbook that takes you step by step through the concepts in the book.

The Essentials of Chemical Dependency: Toward a Unified Theory of Addiction

by Mary McAuliffe
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Study Guide for Essentials of Chemical Dependency Counseling

by Lawson
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One of the very significant points in the Essentials of Chemical Dependency is the love relationship that is formed between a person and their chemicals. This workbook takes you through how it develops and what can be done about it.

Patient workbook: A clinical application of the sick love relationship concept

by Mary Boesen McAuliffe
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There are volumes of books written on the subject of addiction. There are few to compare to those I have listed as essential for your library to prepare for when HE is ready.

Let us know in the comments if you have other books you’d like to recommend…




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  1. Lori

    Thank you…….I’ll keep these available……..however, not really sure he’ll ever be ready

    Thanks for all the help thus far!!!!

    • FreeMyAddict Coach

      The idea of this library being ‘on hand’ is for that moment, when there is a glimmer of desire for recovery. These additions to your library are tools he can use to make a start toward recovery. There are no guarantees about him being ready… but you can be when that time comes.

  2. Ross

    Hi, i appreciate all the information that i get through the emails. I would however be open to any suggestions that might be useful RIGHT NOW,as my husband has expresses his willingness to get sober.Although he doesnt want to go into rehab, which , i think he really does need.I also am currently working on my recovery. Thanks for everything!
    Ross

    • FreeMyAddict Coach

      Part of the additions to your library for when he’s ready includes two workbooks. They can be used self directed. I agree with you rehab is probably the best thing for him. He can certainly begin doing the workbooks as a start. There are two family coaching opportunities we offer at Free My Addict, they are Mastery Coaching and Accelerated Coaching. We do limit the number of participants per month to assure the highest quality of attention. This may be an option you would like to take advantage of at this critical time.

  3. LorriT

    I plan to get the RPC as I feel that will be a good one to start with with my husband a relapse type of person. I will check out the others. Thanks for the recommendations. I love this site and the way it keeps one informed and helps with all sorts of addiction issues. I hate that I missed the webinar and hope that you will have more in the future. Also, when I get the money I will sign up for the Coaching. I wish I could right now, however, I just lost my mother in January and am trying to keep up with her mortgage and I am the only one employed in a house of 4! God will make a way for me I am sure. Keeping my head to the sky.

    Thanks again!

    Lorri T

    • FreeMyAddict Coach

      The relapse prevention resource is excellent. If your husband has tried to quit but always goes back, this is an excellent book for him. Regarding the webinar, the webinar is available as a replay on the site. You can watch it any time you want. We have plans for many webinars in the future, keep an eye out. What would you say if I suggested we are working on something where you can have access to a coach for only 10% of the cost of a coaching session? Check it out.

  4. barbara honeycutt

    i WOULD LIKE TO LEARN THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH COACHING OR COUSELING AS MY ADDICT WILL NOT GO TO REHAB BECAUSE OF THE COSTS AND NOT BEING ABLE TO WORK WHILE IN A 30 DAY LOCK DOWN FACILITY. WE HAVE LOST EVERYTHING IN REGARDS TO SAVINGS AND OUR FINACIAL LIFE HAS COME TO A HAULT. I AM THE ONLY ONE WITH A REGULAR PAYCHECK AND AM UNDERWATER BUT HAVE TREMENDOUS FAITH THAT GOD WILL NOT LEAVE ME ALONE.

    I AM EMBARASSED AND HAVE ONLY MY SPIRITUAL WALK LIFE TO CONTINUE FOR.

    MAYBE JUST MAYBE I COULD GET HIM TO ATTEND THIS?

    • FreeMyAddict Coach

      Barbara,
      I would recommend your husband to start with The Addiction Workbook by Patrick Fanning. If he is unable or unwilling to go into rehab this book is a great place to start. It’s inexpensive (he probably spends more on alcohol in a few days than this book costs). He may need to supplement the workbook with outpatient counseling. If he is motivated it can work for him.

      I would recommend for you to jump into our membership area. It cost’s less than a postage stamp a day and you have access to a family coach weekdays. Hope to see you inside.

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