Review: Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery by Robin Barnett

Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery



Everyone suffers when there’s an addict in the family. Written by an expert in alcohol and drug addiction and recovery, this no-nonsense guide will help you understand the causes of addiction, end enabling behaviors, support your loved one’s recovery, and learn how to cope with relapses.

If you’re the family member of an addict, you may feel confused, guilty, and scared of doing the wrong thing. And when you don’t know how to help, you may find yourself in a codependent role, trying so hard to keep your addicted loved one alive, out of jail, or emotionally appeased that you may actually prevent them from realizing they need help.

Drawing on her own personal experience with her brother’s addiction, Addict in the House offers a pragmatic, step-by-step guide to dealing with a loved one’s addiction, from accepting the reality of the disease to surviving what may be repeated cycles of recovery and relapse. You’ll learn how to encourage your addicted loved one to get help without forcing it, and finally find the strength to let go of codependence.

With this revealing and straightforward book, you’ll have the support you need to take an honest look at how addiction has affected the family, cope with the emotional hurdles of having an addicted family member, create and maintain firm boundaries, and make informed decisions about how to best help your loved one.




This was a great book. I’m pleasantly surprise by it. I was attracted to it from the description, which make a very good job explaining what the book is about. It was very straightforward and the concepts shared by it, are very helpful to begin to understand what an addiction is about, and how a family member can help recovery.

It is very well structured. It was easy to understand how it was organized. It used a simple language and a lot of examples, making it easy to understand the concepts described. One of the things that made me doubt about reading it was that I didn’t knew the contents before choosing it, but I take a leap of faith, because a book addressing this matter, deserved it. Now that I read it, I’m very glad I had this opportunity.

The contents are diverse. It had a nice approach on the concept of addiction and how to understand it. It gives very important tools about how to communicate, which I think it was one of the strongest parts of the book. There are also some exercises, which I don’t like to do, but I think they can be very useful to most readers.

One of the chapters that drag most of my attention was the one about teenage addicts. It was great to see someone is taking time to acknowledge this issue, and most important, to try to give the parents some orientation on what to do and what not to do.

Overall I think it was a great book, and a very important one to people dealing with addicts in their family. But I wouldn’t recommend it only to that group of readers, I think it might be a good book to read for anyone who is willing to give help to a person, not necessary family member, dealing with an addition. I also think it might be useful to people who work in a medical environment and don’t know how to manage this issues, this book can work as a very good guide.
**Book provided by NetGalley.


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