When your loved one is struggling with addiction, sometimes you feel very alone and confused as to how you should go about being there for him or her. It can be challenging to contend with addicts, whether it’s family or friends. Reading books on the topic can be a source of hope and strength. Here are five recommended books for loved ones of addicts.
Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens, and Stephanie Higgs
Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery by Beverly Conyers
This book is highly recommended for those who have loved ones struggling with addiction. Using positive reinforcement and kindness as methods of intervention, the authors offer hope to those who are frustrated and do not know what else to do for their addicted loved ones. Beyond Addiction takes over 40 years of research to offer practical examples and exercises that friends and family members can use to help their addicted loved ones. Working on the premise that people can’t really change others, it offers that loved ones of addicts can have hope and stay sane while loving themselves and their loved ones who are struggling.
Reading this book will help loved ones of addicts understand a bit more the drug addict’s behavior and how drugs affect both the addict and the family. The author, Kecia C. Sims, is a Pentecostal minister who has firsthand experienced addiction in her own family and writes about her experiences, strength, and hope. Sims talks about how challenging it can be for loved ones dealing with addiction. She also addresses codependency and offers hope for those caught up in that role. Filled with applicable scripture, this book is surely to encourage Christians contending with addiction in the family.
Author Lisa Espich discusses her codependent role in a relationship with a drug addict and offers help for others in the same situation. She shares some of the traditional recovery methods, but also adds some holistic healing tools like affirmations and visualizations. Espich, who is married to a recovering addict, shares her story and struggles, offering insights and help for those in similar situations. She shares what worked for her and what didn’t, as well as a large focus on how she learned to take care of herself (and not just her addicted husband) during the active addiction days. This is a highly recommended book for those who are contending with an addicted loved one.
This book helps loved ones of addicts learn how to detach in a healthy way, stop enabling, give unconditional love, set healthy boundaries, and gain a new perspective when it comes to contending with an addict.
This book has many stories from loved ones of addicts telling of their struggles and victories when it comes to living with addiction. Hear how they detached, intervened, and took care of themselves through the journey. Gain strength for yourself and your situation by reading through the stories of others. The author, Beverly Conyers, began writing about addiction when she found out her daughter was a heroin addict and details her story from hopeless to hopeful and victory as well.
The five books above are highly recommended for loved ones of addicts. If you have any books you’d like to recommend, please contact our editorial team so we can add to this list.
Dominica Applegate is dedicated to the art of self-discovery and creative expression with a passion for creative art. She’s got a deep-rooted passion for helping others heal emotional pain and trauma, as her own journey through love addiction has served as a catalyst for her own healing and beautiful transformation. Find out more at www.dominicaapplegate.com.