Having a loved one who is an alcoholic can be tough on the mind, body and spirit. There are meetings throughout the world for addicts and their friends and family. These focus on the 12 steps of recovery, essential for any addict who wants to return to a stable and happy life. There is also literature to inspire and inform readers who are struggling to understand their loved ones’ impulsive decisions.
Those who are suffering and their families have documented their experiences in hundreds of books to provide hope for people who have not yet reached the light at the end of the tunnel. Some books focus on recovery concepts while others dig deep into the throes of major addiction itself.
“Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast”
This book is a collection of short memoirs written primarily by alcoholics who write for a living. Unfortunately, these writers have been plagued and bankrupted by their inner demons. The book touches on every addict or alcoholic’s darkest hour: withdrawal, debt, loss and relapse. Contributors include the famous Susan Cheever and David Adams Richards, among many others.
Addictions discussed in this work include smoking, gambling, alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Each memoir focuses on different themes with failed family relationships often mentioned and explained. The value of this book lies in its brutal honesty. If you want to know what your loved one is going through, read through a few of these pages, and you will get a much better idea of how to relate to addiction’s unique thought process.
“Courage to Change: One Day at a Time in Al-Anon”
While the previous book focused more on the nature of the disease rather than recovery, this book helps readers work towards recovery for their loved ones. Al-Anon is a well-known affiliate of Alcoholics Anonymous, serving the family members and other loved ones of alcoholics. As such, “Courage to Change” contains inspirational content that will bring you hope to keep holding on.
Each page brings optimism with daily positive messages that focus on you working towards self-acceptance. Addiction in the family can be draining, even if the suffering person does not believe that he or she is impacting others with such destructive decisions. Loved ones often look on helplessly and become needlessly stressed at their relative’s antics. Fortunately, this book provides you with the tools necessary to calm down after each day, and it encourages you to remind yourself that your well-being is also important. There is only so much you can do if the alcoholic and addicts do not want to help themselves, and this book focuses on that while still encouraging you to never give up on the person you love.
Seek Help to Treat the Alcoholic
Whether your loved one is an alcoholic or addicted to painkillers or another substance, you will benefit from reading more about an alcoholic and the disease of addiction. The books listed above were written by people who unfortunately experienced as much pain as you are experiencing now. However, there is hope, and you do not have to make it through this alone. Your loved one can receive help right now. Call the addiction helpline at 800-890-3586 for more information.