Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother Or Sister and Not Lose Yourself

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Da Capo Press, 2008 - Self-Help - 240 pages
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In the vein of Adult Children of Alcoholics comes the first book geared specifically to the siblings of alcoholics. Patricia Olsen, sister of two alcoholic brothers, shares her personal experiences along with interviews with other sober siblings, while Petros Levounis, M.D., the director of The Addiction Institute of New York and chief of addiction psychology at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City, offers expert advice. Whether the alcoholic is in recovery or relapsed, in AA or therapy, Sober Siblings helps brothers and sisters gain greater awareness of their own situation, offering practical wisdom and suggestions on: feelings of shame, frustration, hopelessness, and anger; the difference between helping and enabling; setting boundaries; the nature of alcoholism; coaddictions; and how to help your sibling while not losing yourself.
 

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Contents

Introduction 1
1
My Sibling the Bottle and Me 9
9
2 Other Addictions Other Disorders 23
23
3 Whats Up to Your Brother or Sisterand Whats Up to You 57
57
4 Choosing What Kind of Relationship You Want 87
87
5 Establishing Boundaries 113
113
6 Youre Entitled to Your Feelings 137
137
7 Finding Support Getting Help 149
149
Epilogue 181
181
Acknowledgments 185
185
About Alcoholism 189
189
Resources 199
199
Notes 205
205
Bibliography 211
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Index 213
213
Copyright

8 Coming to Terms 173
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About the author (2008)

Patricia Olsen has written for many publications, including the New York Times, USA Weekend, the Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, and Spirituality & Health. She lives in New Jersey.

Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., is the director of The Addiction Institute of New York and chief of addiction psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City.

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