Addiction in the Family

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Dr. Louise Stanger Author of “Addiction in the Family: Helping Families Navigate Challenges, Emotions, and Recovery”

About the Book:

A practical and supportive guide for families struggling with addiction

Get compassionate guidance that shows you how to navigate the unique challenges faced when a family member is suffering from a substance use disorder (SUD). Addiction in the Family helps you better understand what your loved one is going through while also offering realistic advice for approaching their addiction and how it affects your entire family.

Drawing on Dr. Louise Stanger’s years of experience as an SUD and family trauma clinician, Addiction in the Family allows you to take things at your own pace and concentrate on the areas where you need the most help. Whether it’s finding ways to help your loved one, concentrating on your own self-care, or starting the healing and recovery journey, you’ll find practical and thoughtful guidance.

Addiction in the Family is:

  • Family-focused―Get advice that addresses the dynamics and challenges of dealing with a partner, child, or other family member who is suffering from SUD.
  • Practical and hopeful―Learn how to set boundaries, deal with strong emotions, and find addiction treatment options, as well as the best ways to communicate with a loved one compassionately and honestly.
  • Filled with real-life examples―Realize that you aren’t alone thanks to composite anecdotes―drawn from Dr. Louise’s practice―that help you contextualize your experiences.

About Dr. Stanger:

Dr. Louise Stanger focuses on strength-based solutions and invitational change

Dr. Louise is an Ivy League Award winner (2019 Interventionist of the Year from DB Resources in London and McLean Hospital – an affiliate of Harvard), educated social worker, popular author, internationally renowned clinician, interventionist and speaker and an expert on mental health, addiction, process disorders and chronic pain. She gets to the heart of the matter in helping families because she’s passionate about bringing hope and healing to loved ones.

When you call, you won’t have to go through any intermediaries. She will pick up the phone and talk directly with you.

Dr. Louise developed and refined her invitational method of mental health and substance abuse interventions using the well-established research methodology of portraiture. She has performed thousands of family interventions throughout the United States and abroad. She has received numerous awards for her years of dedication to the fields of intervention & recovery.

In addition to her years of experience, Dr. Louise is a published author whose work covers a range of topics including mental health, substance abuse, and well-being, the opioid epidemic, marijuana and other drugs, parenting, high wealth clients, finding happiness, spirituality, failure to launch, chronic pain and pain management, family and many more. Her latest book, Addiction in the family: Helping Families Navigate Challenges,Emotions and Recovery (2020) is a #1 bestseller on Amazon. Her book Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal is available on Amazon.

Dr. Louise is also known for lively, informative, customized and invigorating trainings for staffs, families and clients. Foundations Recovery Network’s Moments of Change Conference proclaimed Dr. Stanger the “Fan Favorite Speaker.” In addition, the San Diego Business Journal listed her as one of the top 10 “Women Who Mean Business” and she was ranked as one of the top 10 Interventionists in the Country. In 2017, she received the Dr. Joseph P. Galleta Spirit of Recovery Award and the DB Resources in London Journalism Award. In 2018, she was honored by the Forgiving Foundation and spoke in London on World Drug Day in June. She also received the 2018 Friendly House Excellence In Service Award and continues to inspire change.

Dr. Louise speaks about interventions, explains them as an invitation to change. Dr. Stanger says when looking for an interventionist you want to find someone who is certified it Is a certification not a license she says. Many interventionists like Dr. Stanger are also clinicians and travel across the country to meet families where they are at when dealing with addiction in the family.

She speaks on doing interventions in the age of Covid-19 and zoom. Dr. Louise says if you are a good interventionist you can do an intervention on zoom and help the family and addict. She says doing interventions should not be alone as there are many pieces to putting together an intervention and it is both an art and a science. Dr. Stanger says you need to know to pick an addiction treatment centre for the client and you need to understand that not all treatment centres are the same. Interventionists do a retrospective biopsychosocial. Interventionists also need to be aware of the family’s financial resources Dr. Stanger says.

Dr. Louise explains interventions as a positive crisis, it is a way for families to share with a loved one struggling with addiction how much they care about their family and how they want to help create positive change in their lives. It is a gift and not a punishment. An intervention is an offer for a better life instead of legal consequences which addiction can lead too.

Dr. Stanger’s book “Addiction in the Family” is divided into six different chapters. A family struggling with addiction in their family can pick up the book at any time and the chapters vary, but all relate to what to do when you have addiction in the family. The book is full of experiences of real-life examples of families who have struggled with addiction in their family and professional advice on how to support a love one.

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