Getting Them Sober: You Can Help by Toby Rice Drews
A consistent bestseller for over a decade, this book takes away the illusions and fears in the family of the alcoholic and gives them hundreds of practical ideas to help themselves and the alcoholic to want to get well.
About the Author
Toby Rice Drews was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; grew up in an alcoholic home, where there was major violence, drinking, gambling addiction, and poverty. Her father was the Congressional Aide and ghost-writer for John Phillip Hill, a Republican Congressman, in Baltimore, Maryland, for 14 years. Toby lost her father when she was 12 years old, to his late-stage alcoholism. Her sister, also a published author, wrote books on aging and grief issues. Toby, the youngest child in her family (15 years younger than her oldest sister), was never told by her mother that her father had been a writer and Congressional Aide. She learned about her father's work from others. Her mother always just referred to him as "that bum, that drunk''. Toby does not remember her father ever being sober. But she still misses him. She understands her mother's anger that stayed with her until she died... but Toby wanted to help others who were married to alcoholics, to be able to find answers to this terrible family-destroying affliction. The seed was in her to do this----- at the age of 12, right after her father died, Toby won a national award for her short story about a little girl whose father was an alcoholic, from the Women's Christian Temperance Union. After graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, she worked as a fashions copywriter; taught emotionally-disturbed children and ran a crisis room for Baltimore City Schools; and finally found what she was meant to do----- wrote articles on alcoholism for national magazines, and in the 1970's -- developed and taught courses in colleges in Maryland, on alcoholism and the family.
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This book was given to me by a friend when she first heard of our marital troubles. I ended up leaving with the children. This book helped me to see his disease is not my fault and I can't make him change. Our lives are much better now and I am grateful for a book written for the family of alcoholics. It is an insane way of life and there are ways to deal with it.
this book is amazing. It definitely is helping me on my road to recovery of alcoholism in loved ones and my ability to grow above and beyond. I have been going to al anon but this just put things in a great way that my sponsors were not always able to get in