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Addiction is one of the most insidious illnesses plaguing society. It can come in various forms and through different substances, such as drugs or alcohol, and behavioral addictions, like gambling, food, or sex addiction. Often, recovering addicts fall back into their old destructive patterns and out-of-control behaviors. In Communication and Connection, trained therapist and recovering addict Sarina Wheatman dives into an in-depth exploration of addiction and focuses on the methods and strategies for relapse prevention. Drawing upon her own experiences, Wheatman provides valuable insights into addictive behaviors and emphasizes the need for acceptance to break out of denial and walk the path to recovery. She also highlights the importance of caring for the mind and body, building self-esteem, forging connections for communication, forgiveness, and letting go.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction issues, Communication and Connection is a book you should look into. Sarina Wheatman gives a comprehensive overview of the three types of addiction, Chronic, Progressive, and Fatal, as well as the three stages of relapse, Emotional, Mental, and Physical. She also provides examples of out-of-control behaviors and lists the signs that can lead to a relapse. Between the chapters, real people from different backgrounds recount their own stories and experiences with addiction. Working toward recovery is never easy, but this informative and illuminating guide can help those who walk the path of recovery. Highly recommended.