By Martin Nicolaus, William L. White
''A subtle, insightful, well-documented view of the philosophy and perform which are on the middle of the LifeRing procedure. This booklet bargains a viewpoint on restoration that may inspire switch in clinicians and researchers in addition to between contributors suffering to discover their sober selves.'' —Carlo DiClemente , Ph.D., professor and chair, division of Psychology, collage of Maryland, Baltimore, and writer, habit and alter
''With amazing analytical readability and healing generosity, Nicolaus provides a well-argued short for realizing the complexities of dependancy therapy and accepting the total variety of numerous paths to restoration. . . . [Anyone] short of perception and stability on a very important public well-being factor will savor the author's energetic and respectful presentation.'' —Judith Herman , M.D., writer, Trauma and restoration
''In the phrases of our president, 'it's time for a change,' and nowhere is that this extra glaring than within the box of dependancy remedy. Nicolaus has written an excellent booklet that provides LifeRing, a brand new version for self-help teams. A version in response to empathy, medical facts, and giving humans the ability to make their very own offerings approximately cures. certainly, swap has come.'' —Joseph R. Volpicelli , M.D., Ph.D., government director, Institute of dependancy medication, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and coauthor, restoration concepts: the total consultant
''Powerful, enticing, and clinical. Marty Nicolaus exhibits that the sober self emerges via concentrating on a person's energy, intelligence, supportive relationships, and the power to invite, 'what works?''' —Charlotte Sophia Kasl , writer, Many Roads, One trip: relocating past the 12 Steps
''Finally, a deferential method of folks stuck in habit. Nicolaus has given us an alternative choice within the heroic conflict humans struggle to regain the wholeness that dependancy compromises.'' —The Rev. Linda Mercadante , Ph.D., Straker Professor of historic Theology, The Methodist Theological tuition in Ohio, and writer, sufferers and Sinners
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