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Title:
Recovering together : how to help an alcoholic without hurting yourself
Author:
Wassmer, Arthur C.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xxviii, 321 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312034160
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Book

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A clinical psychologist specializing in addictive disorders, Wassmer writes from personal experience concerning the syndrome of codependency. He emphasizes the concept of alcoholism as disease--``genetic, metabolic, progressive and ultimately terminal''--as he marshals facts and uses personal vignettes to illustrate and explore the devastation wrought by alcoholism or other addiction to the lives of addict and codependent. For a relationship to survive, stresses Wassmer, both addict and codependent must recover together. Major sections provide a clear understanding of what addiction is and is not, explore the nature of codependency, and examine various sources of help. Especially valuable are the excellent guidelines for evaluating individuals and organizations that offer help to alcoholics and their families. Well written and empathic. Recommended.-- Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.