When Your Partner Has an Addiction: How Compassion Can Transform Your Relationship (and Heal You Both in the Process)

When Your Partner Has an Addiction: How Compassion Can Transform Your Relationship (and Heal You Both in the Process)

by Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Beverly Engel

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ISBN-13: 9781941631867
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 199,741
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Christopher Kennedy Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive and producer. He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Symptoms of Withdrawal (2005) and Moments of Clarity (2009).

In recovery for more than 25 years from drug addiction, Lawford campaigns tirelessly on behalf of the recovery community in both the public and private sectors. He presently works with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization. He also consults with Fortune 500 companies and numerous non-profit groups, speaking around the world on issues related to addiction, mental health, and Hepatitis C.

In 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Lawford to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. In 2011, Lawford was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care and recovery. He also serves as national advocacy consultant for Caron Treatment Centers.

Lawford holds a bachelor of arts from Tufts University, a juris doctor from Boston College Law School, and a masters certification in clinical psychology from Harvard Medical School where he held an academic appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry.

Beverly Engel is an internationally recognized psychotherapist and an acclaimed advocate for victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. She is the author of 21 self-help books, including 4 best selling books on emotional abuse: The Emotionally Abusive Relationship, The Emotionally Abused Woman, and Encouragements for the Emotionally Abused Woman, and Healing Your Emotional Self. Her latest book, It Wasn’t Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion came out in Jan. of 2015. Engel is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has been practicing psychotherapy for 35 years.

Beverly’s books have often been honored for various awards, including being a finalist in the Books for a Better Life award. Many of her books have been chosen for various book clubs, including One Spirit Book Club, Psychology Today Book Club and Behavioral Sciences Book Club. Beverly frequently lends her expertise to national television talk shows, and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and Starting Over, and many other TV programs. She has a blog on the Psychology Today website as well as regularly contributing to the Psychology Today magazine, and has been featured in a number of newspapers and magazines, including: Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Marie Claire, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and The Denver Post.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Love, Compassion, and Understanding

Chapter 1 Love and Addiction: Can They Coexist? 11

Chapter 2 Do I Love My Partner Enough to Stay? 25

Chapter 3 Hope and Compassion: The Keys to Healing 35

Part II Taking on a Compassionate Attitude

Chapter 4 A Fresh Look at Addiction 45

Chapter 5 A Different Perspective on Codependency 73

Part III Your Role in Your Partner's Recovery

Chapter 6 The Difference between Codependency and Compassion 101

Chapter 7 Should You Be a Supporter or a Collaborator? 115

Chapter 8 Becoming a Compassionate Supporter 127

Chapter 9 Becoming a Compassionate Collaborator 147

Chapter 10 Creating Your Own Self-Care Program 169

Conclusion 197

Appendix I Types of Childhood Abuse 203

Appendix II Options for Recovery 215

Endnotes 217

About the Authors 219

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