Book Reviews

"Westreich's writing has a sort of quiet relentlessness about it; almost before an argument can form in your mind, he is already addressing it. As soon as doubt creeps in, he is forcibly crowding it out with determination and hope. The message, which never wavers, is that the addict in your life needs help, and you must continually exhaust every available strategy to help him or her get it - even strategies you might be uncomfortable with." Click for full article
— Kristin Taveira, Newsday
"This is a terrific book for family members struggling with a loved one's addiction. Families of those with alcohol or drug problems suffer greatly, and often have no idea how to proceed. This book offers them some sense of context, an understanding of addiction, practical strategies, and most of all, hope. Dr. Westreich is a leading expert in the addiction field and he has done a marvelous job here. I recommend this book highly."
—Roger D. Weiss, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Clinical Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, McLean Hospital
"Dr. Westreich's strategies for creatively engaging a loved one with an addiction and getting them into treatment are practical, helpful, and clearly stated in ways that are comparable to the wise approaches advocated by Aaron Beck and Marc Galanter. This book is a must-read for anyone who is worried about their loved-one with a possible addiction."
—Richard Frances, M.D., former Medical Director, Silver Hill Hospital
"This book is an invaluable resource for the family and friends of addicted people. It is unusual among resources on addiction, because it acknowledges that many alcohol and drug-dependent people are unable or unwilling to embark on a course of recovery. This book shows how to approach this serious problem."
—Marc Galanter, M.D., professor of psychiatry and director, Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, New York University Medical Center
"This is a very well-written, timely and useful book for families and friends dealing with a loved one with an addiction. The book provides a comprehensive overview of theories of addiction, neurobiology, and treatment options in a straightforward and easy-to-understand style. Dr. Westreich provides valuable information about what to look for in a therapist and treatment program as well as what to avoid. The most important and unique offering, however, is the clear, compassionate and well thought-out step-by-step recommendations for dealing with defense mechanisms, resistance and behaviors associated with addictions in a positive way that keeps lines of communication open and facilitates treatment entry. Filled with hope and healthy optimism, Westreich's over-arching message is 'don't give up — you can help' and then he supplies tools and ideas that make it possible to help. This book should be read by anyone who is struggling about what to do with a loved one with an addiction."
—Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Clinical Neuroscience Division Director, General Clinical Research Center Medical University of South Carolina