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Tough Love (Revised Edition): How Parents Can Deal with Drug Abuse [Paperback]

By Pauline Neff (Author)
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For more than a decade, Tough Love has been the standard text for families dealing with substance abuse. Now revised to reflect the changes in the Palmer Drug Abuse Program on which it was based, Tough Love again meets the needs of families in turmoil. Neff gathers real-life accounts of young drug users who needed to receive help, and of the parents' role in seeing that they received it.

Publishers Description
Tough Love is hope. It is help. It is a way of recovery for drug abusers, and a positive, supportive program for their families.
Tough Love is a gift of love and a gift of life for those who practice its plan. It is a book for all parents, especially those whose children are now on drugs or are exposed to those who use drugs.
Pauline Neff has gathered enthralling, real-life accounts of young drug users who needed help and of their parents' role in seeing that they received it.
Eight families describe, in very graphic, heartrending terms, how their children successfully beat the drug habit through The Palmer Drug Abuse Program. PDAP is a privately financed twelve-step program, similar to the steps of AA. Ms. Neff explains each step to show how families can interpret and work through these steps in their own lives. Thousands of young people have found help through this method. Families have been reunited, and parents' own lives have been changed drastically in the process.
If you are a parent of a young person in America today, Tough Love may be the most important book you will ever read. It may save your life.

From Publishers Weekly
Having a child addicted to alcohol or drugs is one of the most heartbreaking and challenging problems that parents may face. Here, in a revision of her bestselling 1982 book, Neff offers practical, loving and completely updated help to those struggling with that situation. Although the specific 12-step program that Neff stresses does not exist everywhere, parents can adopt the principles she outlines and form support groups with other parents. Central to Neff's approach is "detachment from the abuser," which entails allowing the abuser to "bottom out" without "padding the corners" (often called "enabling" in other references). This method, argues Neff, provides one of the few hopes for the abuser and his or her family. It is also terrifying, however, to parents who lack the support and distancing of the tough-love approach. By far the largest part of Neff's book is devoted to the stories of seven families who have faced the crisis of the addicted child and come through it stronger and more spiritually intact. In short, this book should be required reading for every parent with a child in trouble. (Mar.)

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Tough Love (Revised Edition): How Parents Can Deal with Drug Abuse by Pauline Neff has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/12/1996 page 69


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1996
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0687018250  
ISBN13  9780687018253  


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Reviews - What do customers think about Tough Love (Revised Edition): How Parents Can Deal with Drug Abuse?

Hilariously Melodramatic  Jun 12, 2006
The only thing this book is good for is getting high with your friends then reading the dialogue aloud. The thought that anyone actually believes or takes the "situations" in this crap serious is so befuddling it's scary. This is nothing more than propaganda for some strange religious cult. I don't know about you but if I'm going to buy a book to help me with my kids it's going to be by an expert, not some failed fiction writer.
 
Great book!  Feb 28, 2002
I bought this book in the 80's and it did wonders for me! It helped me to get control of "me" again... and I went forward with my son from there.
 
Description  Jul 19, 1999
Having a child addicted to alcohol or drugs is one of the most heartbreaking and challenging problems that parents may face. Here, in a revision of her bestselling 1982 book, Neff offers practical, loving and completely updated help to those struggling with that situation. Although the specific 12-step program that Neff stresses does not exist everywhere, parents can adopt the principles she outlines and form support groups with other parents. Central to Neff's approach is "detachment from the abuser," which entails allowing the abuser to "bottom out" without "padding the corners" (often called "enabling" in other references). This method, argues Neff, provides one of the few hopes for the abuser and his or her family. It is also terrifying, however, to parents who lack the support and distancing of the tough-love approach. By far the largest part of Neff's book is devoted to the stories of seven families who have faced the crisis of the addicted child and come through it stronger and more spiritually intact. In short, this book should be required reading for every parent with a child in trouble.
 

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