Family Resources

Family Resources

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Addiction is a family disease that isolates those affected from the outside world. MARR’s mission is to connect families and their addicted loved ones with others who are struggling with addiction. While we firmly believe in the power of face-to-face connection in recovery, staff members of our Family Recovery Center have provided a list of helpful family resources and readings. Understanding the disease of addiction, as well as the various dynamics within the addicted family system, is an important step toward healing.

Literature on Family Recovery

  1. The Language of Letting Go (Melody Beattie)
  2. Codependent No More (Melody Beattie)
  3. Beyond Codependency (Melody Beattie)
  4. Codependents’ Guide to the Twelve Steps (Melody Beattie)
  5. Straight Talk from Claudia Black: What Recovering Parents Should Tell Their Kids about Drugs and Alcohol (Claudia Black)
  6. Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents (Allison Bottke)
  7. The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model (Stephanie Brown and Virginia Lewis)
  8. A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps (Patrick Carnes)
  9. Codependence and the Power of Detachment: How to Set Boundaries and Make Your Life Your Own (Karen Casey)
  10. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life (Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend)
  11. Boundaries in Marriage (Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend)
  12. Addict in the Family (Beverly Conyers)
  13. Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts (Beverly Conyers)
  14. Facing Shame: Families in Recovery (Merle A. Fossum and Marilyn J. Mason)
  15. Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics (Herbert L. Gravitz and Julie D. Bowden)
  16. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (Dr. Sue Johnson)
  17. The Dance of Intimacy (Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.)
  18. Chalk Talks on Alcohol (Father Joseph C. Martin)
  19. Addiction & Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions (Gerald G. May, M.D.)
  20. Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes From, How It Sabotages Our Lives (Pia Mellody)
  21. The Intimacy Factor: The Ground Rules for Overcoming the Obstacles to Truth, Respect, and Lasting Love (Pia Mellody)
  22. Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love (Pia Mellody, Andrea Wells Miller and J. Keith Miller)
  23. Breaking Free: A Recovery Workbook for Facing Codependence (Pia Mellody and Andrea Wells Miller)
  24. The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the One You Love (Angelyn Miller)
  25. Family Recovery: Growing Beyond Addiction (Merlene Miller and Terence T. Gorski)
  26. The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior (Craig Nakken)
  27. Reclaim Your Family from Addiction: How Couples and Families Recover Love and Meaning (Craig Nakken)
  28. Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You (Charles Rubin)
  29. Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception (Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.)

Online Resources for Families

  • / – A 12-Step program for individuals whose lives have been affected by another person’s drinking. “The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems.”
  • – A 12-Step program of recovery from codependence. “The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.”
  • – A 12-Step program for adult children of alcoholics and/or dysfunctional families.
  • – A 12-Step program for relatives and friends of those struggling with drug, alcohol or other behavioral-related issues.
  • – Celebrate Recovery is a program designed to help those struggling with hurts, hang-ups and habits by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through the recovery process.