Struggling with Addiction

April is National Addiction awareness month as we here want everyone to know we do have materials that can help.  So if you are having a hard time with an addiction, have a family member suffereing, or just want to know more, please check out what we offer.

Book Cover for Soulbriety by Elisa HallermanSoulbriety : a Plan to Heal Your Trauma, Overcome Addiction, and Reconnect with Your Soul by Elisa Hallerman ~ On her fifth anniversary of sobriety, Elisa Hallerman still awoke with a hurting heart. This is not right. I am not happy. Sobriety was supposed to fix her, right? Isn’t that what sobriety is all about? Hallerman quickly realized that though she had freed her addiction to substances, she had not freed her soul. After years of trauma and substance abuse, she had only covered up the wounds, rather than truly healing them from within. Leaning on her knowledge of depth psychology, experiences as an addict and as a healer, Soulbriety is Hallerman’s philosophy and methodology to allow us to use our soul as our map, our nourishment, our meaning. Soulbriety is not just about being sober; it’s about true, soul-centered wellness. It starts when you slow down and grow down, in a way you’ve been yearning for-but probably didn’t quite know how to before. To explore your unconscious root system, plumb the depths of your soul, travel your own individual hero’s journey. Hallerman shows us exactly how to get there with step-by-step solutions and incredibly affecting storytelling.

Book Cover for Cravings and Addictions by Maria KareklaCravings and Addictions : Free Yourself from the Struggle of Addictive Behavior with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Maria Kareka ~ Cravings-those intense desires for certain substances or behaviors with the aim of feeling pleasure and satisfaction-are at the root of all addictive behaviors. Knowing how to manage cravings is the key to avoiding the pitfalls of addiction and staying firmly on the path to recovery. This book offers practical strategies to overcome cravings-from food and drugs to alcohol and smoking-using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for a healthy, values-driven, and addiction-free life.




Book Cover for Raising Lazarus by Beth MacyRaising Lazarus : Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis by Beth Macy ~ Beth Macy brings us to the next frontier of the opioid crisis, telling the story of the everyday heroes fighting to stem the tide of drug overdose in communities that are too often left to fend for themselves, and of the activists and relatives of the dead who are still struggling for accountability in America’s courts. Nearly a decade into the second wave of America’s overdose crisis, pharmaceutical companies have yet to answer for the harms they created. As pending court battles against opioid makers, distributors, and retailers drag on, addiction rates have soared to record-breaking levels during the COVID pandemic, illustrating the critical need for leadership, urgency, and change. Meanwhile, there is scant consensus between law enforcement and medical leaders, nor an understanding of how to truly scale the programs that are out there, working at the ragged edge of capacity and actually saving lives. Distilling this massive, unprecedented national health crisis down to its character-driven emotional core as only she can, Beth Macy takes us into the country’s hardest hit places to witness the devastating personal costs that one-third of America’s families are now being forced to shoulder. Here we meet the ordinary people fighting for the least of us with the fewest resources, from harm reductionists risking arrest to bring lifesaving care to the homeless and addicted to the activists and bereaved families pushing to hold Purdue and the Sackler family accountable.

Book Cover for Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith GriselNever Enough : the Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith Grisel ~ Addiction is epidemic and catastrophic. With more than one in every five people over the age of fourteen addicted, drug abuse has been called the most formidable health problem worldwide. If we are not victims ourselves, we all know someone struggling with the merciless compulsion to alter their experience by changing how their brain functions. Drawing on years of research–as well as personal experience as a recovered addict–researcher and professor Judy Grisel has reached a fundamental conclusion: for the addict, there will never be enough drugs. The brain’s capacity to learn and adapt is seemingly infinite, allowing it to counteract any regular disruption, including that caused by drugs. What begins as a normal state punctuated by periods of being high transforms over time into a state of desperate craving that is only temporarily subdued by a fix, explaining why addicts are unable to live either with or without their drug. One by one, Grisel shows how different drugs act on the brain, the kind of experiential effects they generate, and the specific reasons why each is so hard to kick. Grisel’s insights lead to a better understanding of the brain’s critical contributions to addictive behavior, and will help inform a more rational, coherent, and compassionate response to the epidemic in our homes and communities.

Book Cover for Recovery Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell BrandRecovery Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand ~ This is a guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food, and eBay that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery.





Book Cover for The Recovering: Intoxication and its aftermath by Leslie JamisonThe Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison ~ Presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.




Book Cover for The Right Rehab by Walter WolfThe right rehab : a guide to addiction and mental illness recovery when crisis hits your family by Walter Wolf ~ Those with substance abuse issues often have family and friends who wish to help, but knowing how to find and access the right rehab for a loved one can be confusing, costly, and even inappropriate in some cases. Here, Walter Wolf guides readers through the process from crisis to placement to recovery. Imagine you are awakened by a call at 3 a.m., informing you that your loved one is in crisis due to addiction or mental illness. Maybe he or she has been incarcerated, hospitalized, or left for dead from an overdose. Who would you turn to and what would you do next? Walter Wolf got that very call when his own family member was in crisis. Families hit by addiction like Wolf’s needed a “how-to” book on finding the right treatment at the right rehab. Since that book didn’t exist, he wrote it himself. From intervention to recovery, The Right Rehab is a step-by-step guide that details how to identify and access treatment options available to all individuals and families, no matter how plentiful or spare their resources. Due to Walter’s relationships with the most ethical and renowned professionals in the treatment world, he is able to explain the treatment plan principled experts insist is the most evidence-based, dependable, and customizable for the individual who is fully committed to sobriety.

Book Cover for Being Sober by Harry HaroutunianBeing Sober: a Step-By-Step Plan For Getting To, Getting Through, and Living In Recovery by Harry L Haroutunian ~ The physician director of the Betty Ford Center describes his step-by-step plan to overcome a life of dependency and addiction by describing the phases of recovery without using the cult-like language of traditional 12-step programs.




Book Cover for Recovery After Rehab by Joseph NowinskiRecovery after rehab : a guide for the newly sober and their loved ones by Joseph Nowinski ~ This book picks up where “rehab” leaves off, and where the real work of recovery from substance abuse begins. It is a practical guide not only for the newly sober, but for their loved ones as well.

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