No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Debra Jay, Author
Debra Jay, Author . Bantam $15 (319p) ISBN 978-0-553-38360-7
Reviewed on: 03/27/2006
Release date: 04/01/2006
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Addiction counselors have typically assumed several things: recovery can occur only when the addict decides he or she needs help; this happens only when the addict hits "rock bottom"; until then, the addict's loved ones should detach emotionally. But Jay, an intervention specialist and author of Love First , believes that untreated addiction is unacceptable because it wrecks families and destroys lives. She outlines a plan to help families get assistance for their addicted loved one without waiting for "rock bottom." Intriguingly, Jay also casts the battle against addiction as a kind of spiritual war: she redefines detachment as "a spiritual quality that makes action possible," and describes such action as an act of faith. A fascinating section entitled "What We Know Now," details current genetic and neuroscientific research into people's varying susceptibilities to addiction. (May)

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