It's Not About You, Except When It Is: A Field Manual For Parents of Addicted Children [NOOK Book]

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Based on the author's own experience as a parent with an addicted child, she provides straight-talking self-preservation tools and techniques for parents of addicts in and out of recovery. An essential book to help parents navigate this confusing and uncharted landscape—in the author's words, "Planet Paradox."

Barbara Victoria is a parent who struggled with her own child's addiction. She has been active in ...

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It's Not About You, Except When It Is: A Field Manual For Parents of Addicted Children

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Overview

Based on the author's own experience as a parent with an addicted child, she provides straight-talking self-preservation tools and techniques for parents of addicts in and out of recovery. An essential book to help parents navigate this confusing and uncharted landscape—in the author's words, "Planet Paradox."

Barbara Victoria is a parent who struggled with her own child's addiction. She has been active in Al-Anon for many years.


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Caseworker Victoria has lived through the addictions of both her children and has come out intact with an abundance of aid for other parents in similar positions. She helps readers dispense with good intentions, assumptions, and platitudes that no longer work, then guides them in dealing with the current situation in a manner that enables growth and health for both parent and child. The essence of the book is in her assertion that "you didn't cause it, you can't control it, and you can't cure it." Help for parents who are going through this particular hell is finally here in the form of this riveting book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937612023
  • Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 446,790
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Victoria: Barbara Victoria is a freelance writer and journalist with experience in graphic design, copywriting, and editing. She has written and worked for multiple small community newspapers and other publications, primarily in Kentucky. She is the parent of a child who struggled with active addiction. She worked for a time as a caseworker at a respite program and as a mental health technician in a group home for adolescents with addictive and co-occurring disorders. She is an active member of Al-Anon. Ms. Victoria has a BA in painting and printmaking from the University of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Introduction: What Just Happened? 1

Part 1 It's Not About You

1 Planet Paradox 13

2 Your New Comrades 29

3 Who'da Thought?! 38

4 Don't Ask Me How I Am Today; I Might Have to Tell You! 58

5 The Abyss 65

6 The Two-Headed Dragon 73

Part 2 Except When It Is

7 The Sharne Factor 85

8 Detachment 95

9 Codependence 116

10 Taking Care of Your Precious Self 128

11 This Is Your Life 144

12 Am I Okay Now? 154

Epilogue 165

Appendix I

Notes from the Field

Voices of real parents (with un-real names)

who are walking Planet Paradox 173

Appendix II Twelve Steps for Parents of Addicted

Daughters and Sons 193

Resources 205

Acknowledgments 209

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