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Juan Blea
49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction
Juan Blea, author
"49 Tips & Insights for Understanding Addiction is divided into" "forty-nine short chapters that focus on different aspects of addiction, from the first signs of substance abuse to various forms of treatment and the journey to full recovery. Topics include crisis management, stages of addiction, relapse, underlying mental illness, goal-setting, and family treatment. For families, therapists, and friends, addicts and their self- destructive behavior can be exasperating, confusing, and heartbreaking. There is no cure for addiction, but this book offers information and exercises that provide loved ones and professionals with the tools and knowledge they need to approach addiction from a place of compassion and love rather than judgment and anger. It seeks to unravel the complexities of substance abuse for addicts and those who interact with them. Throughout the book, Blea emphasizes art as an integral part of therapy for addicts, positing that it can "be the antidote to depression and addiction" as poison. The target audience for 49 Tips & Insights for Understanding Addiction is families, therapists, substance abuse specialists," "basically anyone who has contact with addicts."