It Takes a Family
It Takes a Family, 2nd edition, helps families step beyond the initial family intervention and reinvent their relationships in a way that builds trustworthiness, prevents relapse, and supports lifelong sobriety. It is a journey the newly recovering loved one and family take together and quickly find an indispensable part of their lives.
The book outlines a structured model for creating a family recovery team that quickly infuses family with a sense of togetherness, purpose, and a positive-brain experience. This model is called Structured Family Recovery® (SFR). With 50 weekly SFR meeting in the book, taking place using conference calls, family members can live anywhere and still participate. As one family member said of Structured Family Recovery, “During our recovery journey, our SFR counselor was the first person to treat us like a family full of love rather than a broken family.”
This new edition is now written as a companion book to Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention.
Publishers Weekly praised “It Takes a Family” as a “valuable addition to the literature on addiction.” The review gave a wonderfully concise overview of Debra Jay’s system of Structured Family Recovery® and how it supports both the addict and the family.
“Jay (Love First), an alcohol and drug counselor, presents a plan she calls “Structured Family Recovery,” which aims to bring family members together into a supportive, cohesive team. The book begins by asking why, according to Jay, 50%–90% of alcoholics and addicts relapse in the first year after treatment. Jay addresses the complex ramifications of the disease of addiction and reveals how the addict’s brain is altered by this physical and “spiritual” sickness. To create an effective family-centered, continuing-care approach, she draws on the Physician Health Program (a successful plan used to treat addicted physicians), arguing that this “gold standard of treatment” should be available to all.
“At the core of Jay’s program is a weekly phone conference among family members, to which the addict is invited once the group is firmly established. Other essential elements include enrollment in a 12-step program and attendance at meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon (for alcoholics’ family members), or another appropriate support group. Jay clearly explains how to run a conference call, come up with discussion topics for a year of meetings, and form cooperative family partnerships to support loved ones on the recovery path in this valuable addition to the literature on addiction.” — Publishers Weekly
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What’s different about alcohol/drug counselor Jay’s guidebook on the healing process is that she makes family members part of the recovery team. Jay (No More Letting Go) begins with the newest medical models of addiction and relapse and describes the essence of the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. She then portrays and sets forth a guide for Structured Family Recovery, wherein family members discuss the joys as well as the frustrations of the recovery process, hold one another accountable, and present ideas for a recovery plan. Forty-six detailed meeting plans compose the final section of the book.
VERDICT: Highly recommended for basic information about addiction as well as a guide for the recovery process. –Library Journal