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Tough Love (Revised Edition): How Parents Can Deal with Drug Abuse
     

Tough Love (Revised Edition): How Parents Can Deal with Drug Abuse

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by Pauline Neff
 

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Tough Love is hope. It is help. It is a way of recovery for drug abusers, and a positive, supportive program for their families. Tough Love is a gift of love and a gift of life for those who practice its plan. It is a book for all parents, especially those whose children are now on drugs or are exposed to those who use drugs. Pauline Neff has gathered enthralling,

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Tough Love is hope. It is help. It is a way of recovery for drug abusers, and a positive, supportive program for their families. Tough Love is a gift of love and a gift of life for those who practice its plan. It is a book for all parents, especially those whose children are now on drugs or are exposed to those who use drugs. Pauline Neff has gathered enthralling, real-life accounts of young drug users who needed help and of their parents' role in seeing that they received it. Eight families describe, in very graphic, heartrending terms, how their children successfully beat the drug habit through The Palmer Drug Abuse Program. PDAP is a privately financed twelve-step program, similar to the steps of AA. Ms. Neff explains each step to show how families can interpret and work through these steps in their own lives. Thousands of young people have found help through this method. Families have been reunited, and parents' own lives have been changed drastically in the process. If you are a parent of a young person in America today, Tough Love may be the most important book you will ever read. It may save your life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Having a child addicted to alcohol or drugs is one of the most heartbreaking and challenging problems that parents may face. Here, in a revision of her bestselling 1982 book, Neff offers practical, loving and completely updated help to those struggling with that situation. Although the specific 12-step program that Neff stresses does not exist everywhere, parents can adopt the principles she outlines and form support groups with other parents. Central to Neff's approach is "detachment from the abuser," which entails allowing the abuser to "bottom out" without "padding the corners" (often called "enabling" in other references). This method, argues Neff, provides one of the few hopes for the abuser and his or her family. It is also terrifying, however, to parents who lack the support and distancing of the tough-love approach. By far the largest part of Neff's book is devoted to the stories of seven families who have faced the crisis of the addicted child and come through it stronger and more spiritually intact. In short, this book should be required reading for every parent with a child in trouble. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780687018253
Publisher:
Abingdon Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
158
Sales rank:
371,342
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Tough Love (Revised Edition): How Parents Can Deal with Drug Abuse 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mother read the book, when I was in my early teens (no I was not and have never been an addict or drinker- merely just a hurting teenager suffering an abusive childhood, traumatic divorce and abandonment from both my parents)... She "applied" the principles (the way she understood them to be) of the book to raising me after her divorce from my abusive father... needless to say... what I needed was compassion, understanding and gentle love. She rejected me to the point that I was eventually placed in foster care... 25 years later she is still claiming that she "tough loved" me, and she believes she did right by me. We have not spoken or seen one another in 24 years!!!! Thanks to her using this so called method... I lost my entire family, since everyone thought I was being "difficult" in the face of dire circumstances. Name one teen going through puberty, being witness to the most vile abuse of her mother, and herself and her sibling, facing a divorce with a smile and no attitude? I was a difficult teen, I was cheeky, tried to run away, had boyfriends, was disrespectful at times... but never ever did I smoke, turn to drugs or alcohol and yet I was treated as if I was an addict. I was (according to most parents) an ordinary teen, trying to deal with extraordinary circumstances in the most ordinary "teen like" way I could. She never did right by me... what I needed was to be told I was loved, not told that I was being rejected because of who I was and how I behaved. What I needed to know was that in spite of the circumstances, I would always have a mother and father... but instead, I was made to feel that I was worthless, and unloved. Can't say I rate this book very highly. It ruined my right to being properly parented. I can't say it was all the book's fault either though, since I know my mother was looking for any excuse to get rid of me, even if it meant misusing potentially effective tools for a completely different scenario.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the Anonymous poster: It's like I wrote your entire post myself. Your experience with this so-called parenting almost mirrors mine exactly, with the exception that I was never put in foster care. Rather than being placed with another family, after my mother kicked me out (for what would be considered normal teenage behavior) I was left homeless and lived on the streets. It was only then that I was exposed to drugs, criminals, and a lifestyle that I never wanted any part of. My mother was the one who put me there, by the advice of this book. From there I was forced to drop out of high school because I had no place to live and no way to get to school. There went my future. (Thanks, mom.) Luckily I was smart enough and strong enough to stay away from drugs when it would have been so easy to go down that road, as I saw so many others do. It took a good 10 years to put my life back together after that. The techniques in this book are a terrible excuse for parenting and no child should ever have to endure the feeling of being unwanted or uncared for by their parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The stories and no-nonsense suggestions may not apply perfectly this time around, but after you've read this book, keep it. You will then have it again when you need it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the original book that was published in 1982. I was only a pre teen at the time. I enjoyed the book more than words can explain. It scared me away from ever trying drugs. I didn't want my life to end up like some of the people featured in the book. I never wanted to put my parents/family through what the parents in the book went through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago and have just ordered it to read again! As a parent of an adult crack addict, I remembered just how much this book helped me back then when my son was into drugs. It didn't change him, but it sure helped me deal with things a lot better and to understand just how much we were enabling him so long ago. After falling back into the same habit of sending money, etc. to him I realized I have once again been enabling him. This book was the one major saving grace for me back then and I'm sure it will help me as much to read it again!! PLEASE! If you are falling into these paterns....READ THIS BOOK!