Women and Recovery: Finding Hope

A breakthrough recovery plan for women who struggle with alcoholism, based on a groundbreaking new model
Tens of millions of women today drink to excess and their numbers are growing. Now Dr. Kitty Harris, an experienced counselor and therapist who is herself a recovering alcoholic with more than thirty years of sobriety, presents a new model for recovery that focuses on treating the pain in women’s lives that can lead to a vicious cycle of addiction—not on the shame that fuels it. Combining her personal and professional experience, Dr. Harris offers tools that can help women who want to recover as well as friends or family members who are seeking help for a loved one.

  • Focuses on dealing with the pain associated with alcoholism in women, not reinforcing the shame
  • Discusses the different types of female drinking habits, including binge drinking and drunkorexia
  • Takes a plain-language, jargon-free approach that is easy to understand and shares the stories of recovering women of all ages and from all walks of life
  • Is written by Dr. Kitty Harris, Director of The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University, with twenty-five years of private clinical experience working with adults and adolescents

 

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Substance Abuse Recovery in College

More than 80% of college students are drinking. More than a third do drugs. For students struggling with substance abuse, temptations on campus—and stressors that can derail abstinence—run high. In response, several colleges and universities offer effective support in the form of recovery communities, which are more appropriate to campus settings and young adult development than traditional 12-step groups alone.
Substance Abuse Recovery in College explains in authoritative detail what collegiate recovery communities are, the types of services they provide, and their role in the context of campus life, with extended examples from Texas Tech University’s influential CSAR (Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery) program. Using data from both conventional surveys and end-of-day daily Palm Pilot assessments as well as focus groups, the book examines community members’ experiences. In addition, the importance of a positive relationship between the recovery community and the school administration is emphasized.

  • First volume to address the role of institutions in supporting adolescent and young adult recovery
  • Combines qualitative and quantitative data to address the little- researched process of long-term recovery
  • Presents daily diary analysis of the recovery process and the role of social support
  • Presents stories of young adults in recovery across different university and college contexts
  • It is co-edited by Dr. Kitty Harris, Director of The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University, with twenty-five years of private clinical experience working with adults and adolescents

 

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“For years there has been an alarming lack of resources specifically for women with alcohol problems. This book fills that void by intelligently combining forthright personal accounts of alcoholism with treatment and recovery science. The result is a compelling, engaging, and, above all, useful book that will open the door to a better life for countless women.”

– John F. Kelly, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School