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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Linda Toelke, RN, MS, CARN (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The book is a description of the recovery process from addictive behaviors and the authors encourage self-expression through practical written exercises.
Purpose: The purpose is to guide the participant on a journey of self-discovery. Combining practical information on addictive behaviors and recovery, with workbook exercises, the authors stimulate thoughtful expression.
Audience: The book is written for persons with addictions or suspected addictions, and can be a good resource for anyone interested in learning about addiction and recovery. Addiction specialists and mental health clinicians will find many useful workbook exercises to supplement their practice in working with clients who may have an addiction. The chapters can stand on their own and be used independently. The authors are credible and engaging in their presentation of the subject matter.
Features: Each narrative page has key information in margin highlights. Each written exercise ends with a shaded "things to think about" section which fosters further reflection of the responses and encourages discussion with a supportive person. Depending on the case, or answers to responses, the authors may refer the participant to review an earlier chapter. The book has no references or index. This encourages browsing and coincides with the purpose of providing a personal journal. The book is aesthetically pleasant with inspirational quotations and botanical prints throughout.
Assessment: This is a practical and useful book geared towards someone who has or suspects they have an addiction. The authors develop and examine in detail the participant's motivation and readiness for change. There are numerous written exercises that serve as useful adjuncts for addiction specialists and mental health professionals in their practice. The authors are engaging, and the written exercises deliver an insightful individualized and personalized experience.