Non-Fiction Books On Addiction
For Addicts and Family Members
If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with a drug addiction, you know how damaging it can be to a person’s life. However, if you are a person or know someone who has just begun using drugs, you may not be fully aware of the dangers you will face once you become addicted to the drug. Addiction help for families and addict family members can be hard to find. Making sure you are well informed about drug abuse can help you to either avoid or treat it. Get your information from a reliable source. Many addicts think that their addiction problems will never be solved or that change is impossible. This is not true! With proper guidance, firmness of purpose, support, and helpful information, a better drug-free life will be within reach.
Addiction help can sometimes be found through non-fiction books on addiction. I have included in this website a set of free e-books. E-books on different types of addictions are yours for downloading. I am not asking for your email address or anything for them. The e-books at the bottom of the page are completely free in hopes of helping someone before it is too late. Farther down the page I wrote a small fraction of my own story on dealing with addiction.
Addiction Is A Serious Problem
Drug addiction is a serious problem and it is not only found in certain areas or with certain types of people. Addiction is found everywhere and with all types of people. It does not matter if a person is rich or poor, strong or weak or what neighborhood or country they live in, addiction exists. No matter who you are or where you are, if you make poor decisions involving drugs, addiction is waiting just around the corner. Some people may be misinformed on drug use and addiction. Either because they have talked to the wrong people or because they have not talked to anyone about it. This is understandable; it can be awkward talking to others about drug abuse and addiction, especially when the person is already sliding down the slippery slope of addiction.
I am also promoting some non-fiction books on families and addictions. There are only four mentioned on this website but many, many more are included on the website you will be sent to from here.
A Mother’s Book About Her Son’s Addiction
Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home Paperback – August 27, 2015
D’Anne Burwell’s smart, athletic son–raised in a loving and prosperous home–begins abusing OxyContin as a teenager, and within a year drops out of college, walks out of rehab, and lands homeless on the streets of Boulder. Struggling with fear, guilt, and a desperate need to protect her son, D’Anne grapples with her husband’s anger and her daughter’s depression as the family disease of addiction impacts them all. She discovers the terrifying links between prescription-drug abuse and skyrocketing heroin use. And she comes to understand that to save her child she must step back and allow him to fight for his own soul. SAVING JAKE gives voice to the devastation shared by the families of addicts, and provides vital hope. Above all, it is a powerful personal story of love and redemption. Buy It Here
Winner of the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award in Memoir, the 2016 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award, and the 2015 USA Best Book Award for Addiction & Recovery.
Other Non-Fiction Books On Drug Addiction Available To Buy Below: Clicking a buy link will take you away from this site. You can bookmark this site to easily get back here.
Rewired: A Bold New Approach To Addiction and Recovery Buy It Here
Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery Buy It Here
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction Buy It Here
A Small Fraction Of My Own Story
Addiction is a very real awakening. This is my story, or at least a small fraction of it. Also this is a subject that I have come to know a lot about. It hit’s home very hard, I went through it with alcohol when I was younger but one day I just decided it was time to quit. From the time I was 14 till I was around 30 I was a heavy drinker. I would close the bars pretty well every night after I was old enough to get in them.
I drank so much that I could set down and drink a fifth of whisky, get up and walk off with nobody being able to tell I had drank anything. That was my addiction but I wasn’t really a true alcoholic. I was one of the lucky ones I just quit. When I decided it was time to quit it didn’t bother me any at all. There were no withdrawals or anything with me. From that day till now (28 years) I can have one drink and walk away. Very seldom are the times that I do have a drink, maybe once or twice a year, I know the limit is one and then I am done. A wife and kids played a big role in quitting. I decided I needed to live for them.
My Kids And Addiction
The difficult part is watching your kids go through their own addictions. I can only imagine what my parents went through. Three kids and they have all went through a lot more then I did. Two of my kids have cleaned up, one is still messed up pretty bad.
The worst part is watching your loved one that is now 33 years old and has a family of their own go through it. They turn into a completely different person. With them it is not alcohol any more. We have been lied to, stolen from and been threatened to be killed. I said that was the worst part but it’s not, watching your grand-kids live with it in their parent is worse.
Away From My Story And Back To Addiction Basics
Being stuck in an addiction or knowing a friend or loved one with an addiction can feel like you are being sucked into a black hole with no way of escaping and death waiting just on the other side of the tunnel. Those who are currently experiencing addiction or are currently in recovery know how true that statement really is.
In most cases, it is not until the addict reaches their lowest possible point in life, also known as rock bottom, that they will begin to see what their life has really become. Sadly, this point often times comes no sooner than death.
Different Forms Of Addiction
Drug addiction comes in a couple different forms. There are mental drug addictions and there are physical drug addictions. Also there can be addictions that are mental and physical. Mental addictions are serious, but can be easier to deal with than physical addictions. This is due to the fact that a physical addiction stems from a lack of chemicals produced in the brain because of drug-abuse.
At first this flood of chemicals in the brain will cause euphoric feelings. As time goes on, your brain starts to produce less and less of its own chemicals. This leads to more drug use and a worse addiction.
Addiction Chasing The High
The act of using more drugs to try to reach the same level of euphoria is known as chasing the high. Eventually this leads to the brain producing hardly any chemicals and the person feels depressed without the drug. They have a hard time functioning without the drug, and can become physically ill. A couple good examples of physically addictive drugs would be heroin and alcohol. Both can make a person very ill. Most heroin abusers and alcoholics have to go through a detox process in a clinic before going to rehab. If you are a parent who is trying to keep your child from using drugs. Or also any other loved ones, the following are a few tips that will help you in your battle.
Know Their Friends:
It is important that you know all of their friends. You need to actually sit down and talk with their friends to get a real feel for the type of person they are. A lot of parents know the names of their child’s friends but do not really know anything about them. This can create a high risk situation because most kids begin using drugs through the influence of their social
group. This is especially true around the junior high to high school phase of the child’s life. However, it seems that every year kids are starting to use drugs at a younger age and harder drugs than you would think a child would ever do. That is why it is so important to know all of your child’s friends, even at an early age.
Be Honest and Have Discussions:
This is probably the most important step you need to take in order to prevent or treat an addiction. If loved ones do not feel they can be honest with you they will most likely stray off in undesirable directions. Avoid this by being open with your loved ones and making them feel as if they can tell you anything. If you are a person who is already suffering from addiction or know someone who is. The following chapters will be very beneficial for you because they contain information on treatment for drug addictions.
You Must Accept the Truth!
If you plan on ever getting your addiction under control, the first and arguable most important step you will have to take is to admit and accept that you need help and that you have a problem. Being dishonest with yourself will not make your problem get any better it will just make things much worse. It is understandable why some people have such a hard time coming to terms with how out of control their addiction has become.
It is hard mentally to accept such a fact and can cause a person to feel depressed or like a failure once they see how bad things have truly become. Although difficult and sometimes painful, this step is absolutely necessary if you wish to change your ways. In fact, this is the first step in almost every addiction recovery program that there is. Look at the twelve steps you will see step one is to admit that you are powerless over you addiction. This doesn’t mean that you can do nothing to stop your addiction, it means that you do not control your addiction, your addiction controls you and you will need help in the process of recovery.
A therapist or a drug sponsor can help with this process. Some people may even choose to accept this reality in privacy. The truth might be extremely hard for them to except and they do not want to emotionally explode around others. You will not be able to beat your addiction and save your life without admitting that you have a problem. Some people may continue to neglect to accept the truth. Those not leaving the denial stage will likely never recover and will probably die from their drug use. Put a stop to your drug addiction. Accept the fact that you have a problem before it is too late.
Sweats, Chills, Vomiting:
A person may experience these uncomfortable side effects while detoxing, depending on what drugs they were addicted to. As stated before, heroin and alcohol addiction commonly cause these types of side effects when detoxing. If you are going through this process at home instead of a clinic, which is not advised, you need to make sure that you hydrate yourself.
This website is based on a small fraction of one e-book. This complete set of six e-books is yours for free. 5 are pictured but there is another one on the download page. No I don’t want your email address for them. I am giving them away in hopes of helping someone.