Title Straight Talk from Claudia Black
Subtitle What Recovering Parents Should Tell Their Kids about Drugs and Alcohol
Author Claudia Black
ISBN 9781949481143
List price USD 14.95
Price outside India Available on Request
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 144
Book size 134 x 209 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Central Recovery Press (Eurospan Group)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Claudia Black introduces five very different families and how these parents have talked to their kids about recovery, relapse and the child’s own vulnerability to using drugs and alcohol in an addictive manner. As you come across various scenarios of family situations or examples, simply take what fits and leave the rest.




Chapter 1. Straight Talk about Addiction and Recovery • What Do You Say to Your Children? • Motivation and Expectations • Time to Act

Chapter 2. Breaking the Chain of Addiction • Addiction Facts Characteristics of Addiction • Denial • Preoccupation • Loss of Control • Change in Tolerance • Withdrawal • Differences in Usage • Brain Chemistry • Kids and the Disease Concept

Chapter 3. Generational Vulnerability • Family Tree • Genetic influences: The Facts • Environmental Influences: What’s in the Psychology?

Chapter 4. Clarifying the Confusion • Claiming Multiple Addictions • Abstinence • Slippery Places • Relapse Blackouts • Recovery Practices

Chapter 5. Early Recovery and Making Amends • Healing the Pain • A Child’s Many Feelings • Guilt and Shame • Amends • Self-forgiveness

Chapter 6. New Ways of Relating • Reconnection: Offering Validation • Tips for Listening to Your Child • Reconnection: Being There • Addressing the Wreckage of the Past • More Guidelines for Addressing the Past • Speaking Beyond the Family

Chapter 7. Creating Healthy Family Traditions • Risk Factors • Protective Factors • A Word of Caution • A Functioning Family • Affection, Support, and Affirmation • Communication • Maintaining a Positive Family Identity • Problem Solving • Providing Physical Safety • Reshaping Family Roles • The Responsible Child, the Hero • The Acting-out Child, the Rebel or Scapegoat • The Adjusting Child, the Invisible One • The Clown, the Mischief Maker • The Placator, the Caretaker • Deepening and Mending Relationships • Family Time • Individual Time • Family Meetings

Chapter 8. Never Underestimate Your Power as a Parent • Messages to Children about Use of Alcohol and Drugs • Preschoolers • Children Ages 5-8 • Children Ages 9-11 • Children Ages 12-14 •Children Ages 15-17 • Choices and Consequences •Adult Children • Enabling • Tough Love

Appendix: Tracing Addictions on a Family Tree


About the Author

About the Author:

Claudia Black, MSW, Ph.D. is a renowned addictions and codependency expert, author, and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Since the 1970s, Dr. Black’s work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She has offered models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, addiction, relapse, anger, depression, and women’s issues. Dr. Black designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction, and correctional services. She serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

Dr. Black is the author of It Will Never Happen to Me; Changing Course; My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease; Repeat After Me; It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood, Relapse Toolkit; A Hole in the Sidewalk; Depression Strategies; Straight Talk; The Stamp Game; Family Strategies; Anger Strategies; and Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies, and Secrets. She has produced seven audio CDs addressing issues of addiction and recovery. They are A Time for Healing, Putting the Past Behind, Triggers, Emotional Baggage, Trauma in the Addicted Family, Imageries, and Letting Go Imageries. And, she has over 20 DVDs for professionals to use working with families and clients. The Wisdom of Hope is her first title for Central Recovery Press.

Dr. Black is the Senior Clinical and Family Services Advisor for Central Recovery Treatment and Senior Editorial Advisor for Central Recovery Press. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and West Highland White Terrier (Westie), Katie.

Target Audience:

It is a book that recovering addicted parents need to talk about alcohol abuse, drug use and addiction with their children.


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