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Paperback Tough Love (Revised Edition): How Parents Can Deal with Drug Abuse Book

ISBN: 0687018250

ISBN13: 9780687018253

Tough Love (Revised Edition): How Parents Can Deal with Drug Abuse

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Tough Love is hope. It is help. It is a way of recovery for drug abusers, and a positive, supportive program for their families. Tough Love is a gift of love and a gift of life for those who practice its plan. It is a book for all parents, especially those whose children are now on drugs or are exposed to those who use drugs. Pauline Neff has gathered enthralling, real-life accounts of young drug users who needed help and of their parents' role in...

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Tough Love - Help for the family

Very Good. It is about the work of a group called Palmer Drug Abuse Program and the work they do with the whole family. I wish there were more groups like this.

Great book!

I bought this book in the 80's and it did wonders for me! It helped me to get control of "me" again... and I went forward with my son from there.


Having a child addicted to alcohol or drugs is one of the most heartbreaking and challenging problems that parents may face. Here, in a revision of her bestselling 1982 book, Neff offers practical, loving and completely updated help to those struggling with that situation. Although the specific 12-step program that Neff stresses does not exist everywhere, parents can adopt the principles she outlines and form support groups with other parents. Central to Neff's approach is "detachment from the abuser," which entails allowing the abuser to "bottom out" without "padding the corners" (often called "enabling" in other references). This method, argues Neff, provides one of the few hopes for the abuser and his or her family. It is also terrifying, however, to parents who lack the support and distancing of the tough-love approach. By far the largest part of Neff's book is devoted to the stories of seven families who have faced the crisis of the addicted child and come through it stronger and more spiritually intact. In short, this book should be required reading for every parent with a child in trouble.
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