A valuable guide to recovery for substance abusers and their loved ones.

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THE FAMILY ADDICTION GUIDEBOOK

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND, COPE WITH, AND GET HELP FOR THE WORLD'S MOST BEWILDERING ILLNESS

A debut manual focuses on the survivors of addiction as well as family members and friends who cope with the effects.

This well-organized book sets itself apart from others in its genre by not only examining the science behind addiction, but also the emotional aspects and strategies to overcome the condition. Harrison begins by breaking down misconceptions about substance abuse—specifically those that demonize or blame the afflicted—and exploring the adverse effects on the user’s brain and body. For example, the author explains in Part I that an addiction cannot be identified based solely on the amount of a substance a person uses or the frequency of the behavior. This section distinguishes between heavy recreational drug and alcohol users and addicts, who suffer a loss of control and a hijacking of the brain’s reward center. The author dissects the biological process of addiction, pointing out the way dopamine “flooding” can affect a person’s free will. Though the science is complex, Harrison describes it clearly and simply, making this title a worthy one for families hoping to better understand their addicted loved ones. In addition, the author meticulously depicts the way that substance abuse can intersect with other types of addictive behaviors, like gambling, eating, and sex, because an afflicted person is attempting to feed the brain’s reward system and compensate for a lack of dopamine. Part II of the book effectively delves into the emotional experiences of the addict’s family, exploring in depth denial, codependency, and enabling. These behaviors occur when family members are not cognizant of the problem or don’t know how to help. Harrison presents numerous strategies to allow relatives to break through the tensions of addiction and begin to work together to beat it. For example, the author emphasizes the importance of positive communication and reinforcement rather than criticism or punishment, tactics that can turn addicts away from their families and back to drugs or alcohol. Harrison also explains rehab: what it entails, the costs, and how it supports recovery. For family members seeking psychotherapeutic approaches, the author details different forms of behavioral therapy and how they have aided substance abusers. Overall, this book is comprehensive, lucid, and useful for readers hoping to help addicts or learn more about their condition.

A valuable guide to recovery for substance abusers and their loved ones.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9991215-0-4

Page Count: 232

Publisher: Regalade Publishing, LLC

Review Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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