A Woman's Addiction Workbook: Your Guide to In-Depth Healing

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Women and girls are now becoming addicted at greater rates than ever before, and until very recently women in recovery were dependent on treatment models based solely on work with men.

Harvard addiction and trauma expert Lisa M. Najavits offers this step-by-step program to help women overcome the often-overlooked problems associated with their drug and alcohol addictions, such as body image, trauma and violence, relationships, stress, and thrill-seeking. She explores how women ...

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Overview

Women and girls are now becoming addicted at greater rates than ever before, and until very recently women in recovery were dependent on treatment models based solely on work with men.

Harvard addiction and trauma expert Lisa M. Najavits offers this step-by-step program to help women overcome the often-overlooked problems associated with their drug and alcohol addictions, such as body image, trauma and violence, relationships, stress, and thrill-seeking. She explores how women differ from men in their addiction and recovery, and adapts this information to help you embark on your journey to healing. A chapter on co-occurring emotional problems allows you to evaluate whether you have any of the key disorders common among women with addiction, such as depression, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, or phobias.

With this strengths-building workbook, begin to come to terms with your personal addiction story. Healing exercises in four areas—feelings, beliefs, action, and relationships—help women build self-respect. Exercises include "Listen to That Small Quiet Voice," "Extreme Self-Care," "Self-Soothing," "Become Friends with Women," "Rethink," "Take Charge," "Share Responsibility," and "Mourn." In addition to these exercises and techniques, the book offers valuable resources of recovery support information.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This excellent workbook is an important contribution to the self-help literature. Its ideas, stories, and resource lists create a comprehensive framework that will be very helpful to women struggling with addiction. Dr. Najavits combines her strong clinical skills with compassion, respect, and an understanding of women’s lives.”
—Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., LCSW, Author of A Woman’s Way Through the Twelve Steps and Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction

“A terrific and much needed book! Over the last decade, rates of addiction have steadily climbed among women. This book speaks directly to the hearts and minds of women experiencing addiction problems. It successfully balances a gentle, nurturing approach with scientifically grounded, highly informative content. This workbook is filled with motivational exercises that work well across different types of addiction, recovery stages, and life experiences. It’ sa wonderful contribution.
—Mary E.McCaul, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Director, Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Women’s Center

“In this clear, useful, and empowering book, Dr. Najavits deftly explores the broad range of issues related to women’s sobriety, including self-care, healthy relationships, trusting one’s inner wisdom, and the ability to stand firmly in the center of one’s power. Through helpful information and detailed exercise, she offers a map that leads to maintaining sobriety and living a full life.”
—Charlotte Sophia Kasl, author of Many Roads, One Journey: Moving Beyond the 12 Steps and If the Buddha Dated

“This is a wonderful book for any woman seeking to explore an addiction problem. It is a practical guide for looking inward that is both heartfelt and straightforward. Drawing on her extensive professional experience, Dr. Najavits offers a holistic approach to help women explore all aspects of their lives. The book is valuable as a self-help guide and also as a resource for clinicians seeking to enhance their clients’ treatment experience.”
—Joan E Zweben, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco; Executive Director, East Bay Community Recovery Project, Oakland, California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572242975
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Workbook Series
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 332,738
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; clinical psychologist at VA Boston; and clinical associate, McLean Hospital. She is author of the books Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse (2002) and A Woman's Addiction Workbook (New Harbinger Press; 2002), as well as over 140 professional publications. She has received various awards, including the 1997 Young Professional Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the 1998 Early Career Contribution Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research; the 2004 Emerging Leadership Award of the American Psychological Association Committee on Women; and the 2009 Betty Ford Award of the Addiction Medical Education and Research Association. She has served as president of the Society of Addiction Psychology of the American Psychological Association; and is on the advisory boards of Psychotherapy Research, the Journal of Gambling Studies, and Addiction Research and Theory. Dr. Najavits has received a variety of National Institutes of Health and other research grants. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association; board certified in behavioral therapy; a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts; a psychotherapy supervisor; and conducts a psychotherapy practice. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) and her bachelor's degree with honors from Columbia University (New York, New York). Her major clinical and research interests address vulnerable populations, including homeless, women, veterans, and community-based care; she specializes on trauma/substance abuse, development of new psychotherapies, and evaluation and outcome research.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Part I Exploration
Introduction: Starting Out 1
Chapter 1 Why a Book for Women? 7
The Good News and the Bad News
What About Men?
Some History
You Are Not Alone: Rates of Addiction in Women
Who Are the Women with Addictions?
One Woman's Story
Telling Your Story
How this Book was Developed
Resources
Chapter 2 Understanding Addiction 33
What Is Addiction?
Listening to Yourself
Negative Impact
More About Addictions
Models of Recovery
Inspiration
A Promise to Yourself
Follow-up
Messages You May Hear
Responding to Difficult Messages
Resources
Chapter 3 Exploring Your Life Patterns 55
Life Strengths
Life Difficulties
Theme 1 Body and Sexuality
Theme 2 Stress
Theme 3 Thrill-Seeking
Theme 4 Relationships
Theme 5 Trauma and Violence
Self-Understanding
Resources
Chapter 4 Dual Recovery 79
Some Encouragement
Identifying Emotional Problems
Depression
Bipolar Disorder/Mania
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Eating Disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Phobias
Panic Disorder
Personality Disorders
Other Emotional Problems
Keys to Dual Recovery
Next Steps
Resources
Part II Healing
Chapter 5 Ideas on Healing 107
Keys to Healing
An Example of Coping
Chapter 6 Healing Through Relationships 113
Growth Exercise: Tell a Secret
Growth Exercise: Share Responsibility
Growth Exercise: Become Friends with Women
Growth Exercise: Seek Support
Chapter 7 Healing Through Beliefs 129
Growth Exercise: Listen to That Small, Quiet Voice
Growth Exercise: Ask Questions
Growth Exercise: Create an Ideal to Live For
Growth Exercise: Rethink
Chapter 8 Healing Through Action 143
Growth Exercise: Control an Impulse
Growth Exercise: Extreme Self-Care
Growth Exercise: Do One Thing You're Afraid of Every Day
Growth Exercise: Take Charge
Chapter 9 Healing Through Feelings 157
Growth Exercise: Soothe Yourself
Growth Exercise: Choose Self-Respect
Growth Exercise: Mourn
Growth Exercise: Accept
Chapter 10 Advice for the Journey 173
Appendix Self-Test 177
Multiple Choice
True/False
Answers
References 185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    A truly fine workbook!

    This workbook has meant the world to me. I've been struggling with addiction for years (various types-- alcohol, shopping, and relationships). I have wanted a resource that truly 'gets' women. I feel stronger and healthier for going through this workbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Excellent

    There is so little available on women's perspectives on addiction. This book fills a real need. It is practical and caring, and I gave it to my daughter, who has been struggling for a long time. She really liked the exercises in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2003

    a terrific book!

    I loved this book. I found it insightful, informative, and most of all helpful. I would recommend it to anyone with an addiction problem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    Woman's Addiction Workbook

    I have struggled with addiction for many years, and I found this workbook sensitive and helpful. I'd recommend it to anyone with any addiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    Woman's Addiction Workbook

    Addiction is so devastating an illness, that I am always on the lookout for new books- and especially ones that take into account women's perspectives. I use this book in my counseling work with women clients. I am an alcohol and drug counselor, and need all the help I can get to assist those I am trying to help. This book is a very valuable resource for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    Woman's Addiction Workbook

    I loved this book! i found it super-helpful, caring, and informative. Women need help with addiction, and this book is right on target.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    A DISAPPOINTING READ!

    I am thoroughly offended by the inadequate nature of a book which purports to be a device for deep healing. This book did not help me cope on any level and certainly did not help heal any deep wounds. I think my own common sense far outweighs any thing that this book offers. As for attempting to create a woman's model for coping with pain addiction, try again!

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