This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Supporting an Alcoholic Loved One by Dr. Lawrence L. James is written in two parts and covers a wide range of material related to alcohol abuse disorders. Inspirational quotes begin each chapter before the author addresses topics ranging from recognizing problem drinking in children, teens, and adults to the difference between problem drinking and addiction. Counseling, skills training, support groups, and material for caregivers are also covered. Bulleted points summarize each chapter, and a list of resources is provided at the end of the book.
As a practicing doctor for over thirty years with experience in alcohol addiction, Dr. Lawrence L. James is an expert and a compassionate source of information. He discusses the use of tools like the DSM-5 to diagnose alcohol use disorder and provides ways to evaluate whether your loved one may benefit from decreased alcohol consumption or professional help to end an alcohol dependency. Dr. James explores different approaches while maintaining an empathetic tone, and the text is both informative and caring, encouraging positive pathways for communication with a beloved friend or relative. He covers difficult points, like setting the necessary boundaries, even though it may be difficult or scary, as well as end-of-life care. The author also promotes self-care and personal choice. Supporting an Alcoholic Loved One is a great choice for readers who hope to help someone dear in their life take the necessary steps to become alcohol-free. The book would be a thoughtful gift to a struggling caregiver and a wonderful resource in a public library.