Women and Recovery: Finding Hope

Women and Recovery: Finding Hope

Women and Recovery: Finding Hope

Women and Recovery: Finding Hope

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A breakthrough recovery plan for women who struggle with alcoholism, based on a groundbreaking new model

Tens of millions of women today drink to excess and their numbers are growing. Now Dr. Kitty Harris, an experienced counselor and therapist who is herself a recovering alcoholic with more than thirty years of sobriety, presents a new model for recovery that focuses on treating the pain in women's lives that can lead to a vicious cycle of addiction—not on the shame that fuels it. Combining her personal and professional experience, Dr. Harris offers tools that can help women who want to recover as well as friends or family members who are seeking help for a loved one.

  • Focuses on dealing with the pain associated with alcoholism in women, not reinforcing the shame
  • Discusses the different types of female drinking habits, including binge drinking and drunkorexia
  • Takes a plain-language, jargon-free approach that is easy to understand and shares the stories of recovering women of all ages and from all walks of life
  • Is written by Dr. Kitty Harris, Director of The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University, with twenty-five years of private clinical experience working with adults and adolescents

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470941836
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

KITTY S. HARRIS, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University, Associate Dean of Outreach and Engagement in Texas Tech's College of Human Sciences, and Executive Director of the Ranch at Dove Tree, a residential alcohol and drug treatment center.

JODIE GOULD is an award-winning journalist and the author or coauthor of six other books, including Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part One Women Who Drink Too Much

Quiz: Alcohol IQ 5

1 My Story 7

2 Where Does It Hurt? 20

3 Closet Drinkers 38

4 Barhopping 48

5 Binge Drinking 56

6 When Mothers Drink 72

7 Drunkorexia 85

8 When Bad Things Happen to Drunk Women 96

Part Two Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Quiz: The Audit Test 134

9 Choosing Life over Liquor 138

10 Recovery Strategies 147

11 Staying Sober: Alcoholics Anonymous and Other Programs 168

12 Family Matters 188

Afterword 210

Getting Help: Resources for Recovery 213

Bibliography 225

Index 231

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