Suggested Reading & Resources


Crying: The Mystery of Tears

William Frey and Muriel Langseth

Biochemist Frey, asks: Why do humans cry? Is crying healthy? Is there a chemical difference between tears of pain and tears of emotion? Do animals weep? Convinced that tears "hold the key to the chemistry of human emotions," Frey has conducted a variety of behavioral, psychological, genetic and chemical tests on tears. Based on his research, he concludes that crying does indeed relieve stress. This readable volume combines rigorous research with entertaining anecdotes.

Al-Anon Family Group: For Family and Friends of Alcoholics

Family members have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems.  Self-assessment quizzes are available to help you decide whether Al-Anon or Alateen might be able to help.

Twelve Steps for Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)

The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect. The group includes adults raised in homes without the presence of alcohol or drugs. These ACA members have the trademark presence of abuse, shame, and abandonment found in alcoholic homes.  A Twelve Step program that embraces the difficult task of trauma work, which can often lead to an exciting journey to the Inner Child or True Self.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Men & Women Recovering From Alcoholism

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; they are self-supporting. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

The  primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Twelve Steps for Sex and Love Addicts

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) is a Twelve-Step, Twelve Tradition-oriented fellowship based on the model pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous.

The only qualification for SLAA membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. SLAA is supported entirely through the contributions of its membership and is free to all who need it.  What all members have in common is an obsessive/compulsive pattern either sexual or emotional (or both), in which relationships and activities have become increasingly destructive to all areas of their lives - career, family, and sense of self respect.

Twelve Steps for Sex Addicts

Sex Addicts Anonymous®, SAA, is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addiction and help others recover from sexual addiction or dependency.

Twelve Steps for Debtors

The Twelve Step Program of Debtors Anonymous helps those around the world who suffer from the illness of compulsive debting. It offers still-suffering compulsive debtors a simple program of recovery through which they can arrest this serious malady and achieve solvency, sanity and prosperity. This simple program rests on the solid foundation of the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Tools of Debtors Anonymous.

Bradshaw On The Family - A Revolutionary Way of Self Discovery

John Bradshaw

Based on the public television series of the same name, Bradshaw On: The Family is John Bradshaw's seminal work on the dynamics of families. Within its pages, are outlines some possible causes of emotionally impaired families. It talks about how unhealthy rules of behavior are passed down from parents to children, and the destructive effect this process has on our society.


Bradshaw also explores the individual in both a family and societal setting. He shows ways to escape the tyranny of family-reinforced behavior traps--from addiction and co-dependency to loss of will and denial--and demonstrates how to make conscious choices that will transform your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Finally, Bradshaw extends this idea to our society: by returning yourself and your family to emotional health, you can heal the world in which you live. He helps you reenvision societal conflicts from the perspective of a global family, and shares with you the power of deep democracy: how the choices you make every day can affect--and improve--your world.

Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts

Harriet Lerner

Renowned psychologist and bestselling author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language—I’m sorry—and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust.

Why Won’t You Apologize? also addresses the compelling needs of the injured party—the one who has been hurt by someone who won’t apologize, tell the truth, or feel remorse. Lerner explains what drives both the non-apologizer and the over-apologizer, as well as why the people who do the worst things are the least able to own up. She helps the injured person resist pressure to forgive too easily, and challenges the popular notion that forgiveness is the only path to peace of mind. With her trademark humor and wit, Lerner offers a joyful and sanity-saving guide to setting things right.

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence

Alice Miller

Alice Miller opens our eyes to the devastating effects of education and care purporting to have “the child’s best interests” in mind.  She does this first by analyzing what she calls the “pedagogic approach”, and secondly by describing the childhood of a drug addict, a political leader (Adolf Hitler), and a child-murderer.  Her book conveys not just factual data, but also emotional awareness of the way in which psychoses, drug addiction and crime represent a deferred and indirect expression of experiences undergone in early infancy.  For a child to develop naturally, it needs respect from its caregivers, tolerance for its feelings, awareness of its needs and sensibilities, and authenticity on the part of its parents.

Women, Sex and Addiction, A Search for Love and Power

Charlotte Davis Kasl, Ph.D.

A recognized expert on addiction, codependency, and child abuse provides an invaluable book for all women.  In our society, sex can easily become the price many women pay for love and the illusion of security.  A woman who seeks a sense of personal power and an escape from pain may use sex and romance as a way to feel in control, just as an alcoholic uses alcohol; but sex never satisfies her longing for love and self-worth. In this wise and compassionate book, Charlotte Kasl shows women how they can learn to experience their sexuality as a source for love and positive power and sex as an expression that honors the soul as well as the body.

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. The authors—Ellen Bass, a nationally known counselor, and Laura Davis, a survivor of child sexual abuse—weave personal experience with professional knowledge to show the reader how she can come to terms with her past while moving powerfully into the future. The authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, a map of the healing journey, and many moving first-person examples of the recovery process drawn from their interviews with hundreds of survivors.

Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love was Sexually Abused as a Child

Laura Davis

Allies in Healing speaks directly to the confusion, bewilderment, anger, and frustration of the partner of survivors—girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, and lovers. Based on in-depth interviews, Laura Davis offers practical advice and encouragement to all partners trying to support the steps in their loved one’s path to recovery, as well as tend to their own needs along the way. She shows couples how to deepen compassion, improve communication, and develop an understanding of healing as a shared activity.

Death, the Final Stage of Growth

Elizabeth Kuhbler-Ross

Drawing on our own and other cultures' views of death and dying, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross provides some illuminating answers to questions about death and dying.  She offers a spectrum of viewpoints, including those of ministers, rabbis, doctors, nurses, and sociologists, and the personal accounts of those near death and of their survivors.

Once we come to terms with death as a part of human development, the author shows, death can provide us with a key to the meaning of human existence.

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