Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life

The first book that gathers the cutting-edge gender-based research into addiction and recovery for women and their loved ones.

"This easy-to-follow guide provides parents with practical tools and resources, including a much-needed comparative listing of treatment centers." Michael Gurian, co-founder of the Gurian Institute and author of The Wonder of Girls

"A significant contribution to the concerns around women and addiction...with practical tips on discerning a chemical problem,finding help, as well as sensitive suggestions for greater understanding and hope. A timely reading with a balance of anecdote and research." Brenda J. Iliff, former Director of Hazelden Women's Recovery Center and author of A Woman's Guide to Recovery

Excerpts from the book:
"Among twelve to seventeen-year-olds, girls are more likely than boys to intentionally abuse prescription drugs, pain relievers, tranquilizers and stimulants."

"Around puberty, more than twice as many girls as boys become depressed, a proportion that persists into adulthood. Depression increases the risk of addiction. Therefore, if your daughter is depressed, have her checked out by a competent physician including for possible drug use. The sooner parents identify and respond to a problem-in-the-making, the greater the possibility these young women will have a chance to regain healthy lives."

What You'll Find in the Book:

My own experience with a teenaged daughter whose risky drug use escalated to opiate and heroin addiction, and the research about young women that helped me get her the most effective treatment to recover.

Other parents' stories and their unique challenges and experience.

How to tell if your daughter has an addiction problem.

How to move from protecting her use to helping her get healthy.

How to provide her with opportunities to change.

Why Gender matters in substance use disorder

How to get her effective treatment

All about gender-specific treatment

Special considerations

How recovery is a dance, not a straight line

How to continue to be there for her in a way that is healthy for both of you

What's new in national and community organizations

Resources and readings