When Your Partner Has an Addiction: How Compassion Can Transform Your Relationship (and Heal You Both in the Process) by Christopher Kennedy LawfordWhen Your Partner Has an Addiction: How Compassion Can Transform Your Relationship (and Heal You Both in the Process) by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

When Your Partner Has an Addiction: How Compassion Can Transform Your Relationship (and Heal You…

byChristopher Kennedy Lawford, Beverly Engel

Paperback | October 4, 2016

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Your partner’s addiction takes a toll on both of your lives.

That doesn’t mean you should turn your back on the person you love.

We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction#151;whether it be with drugs, alcohol, or addictive behaviors#151;means that we’re enabling their destructive behavior. That wanting to help them means we’re codependent, and that the best thing for both of us is to walk away from the relationship entirely. But is that true?

When Your Partner Has an Addictionchallenges the idea that the best chance for recovery#151;for the addict and their partner#151;is to walk away. Instead, it makes the revolutionary claim that you, and the love you have for your partner, can be a key part of his or her journey to recovery.

Together, addiction activist and bestselling author Christopher Kennedy Lawford and psychotherapist Beverly Engel, MFT, take a fresh look at addiction and codependency#151;the latest research on what causes them and what the two have in common. Rather than treat addiction or codependency as disease or weakness,When Your Partner Has an Addictionhonors the trauma and shame that often lie at their source and shows you how to use your love to combat that shame, allowing you to more effectively support your partner and heal yourself.

The research proves that, while you cannot "fix” your partner, you can have a positive impact on their recovery. Whether you suffer from codependency, and whether your partner is already in recovery,When Your Partner Has an Addictionprovides you with proven techniques and strategies to drastically improve your relationship and help get your partner the help he needs#151;without leaving and while taking care of yourself in the process.
Christopher Kennedy Lawfordspent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive and producer. He is the author of twoNew York Timesbestselling books,Symptoms of Withdrawal(2005) andMoments of Clarity(2009).In recovery for more than 25 years from drug addiction, Lawford campaigns tirelessly on behalf of th...
Title:When Your Partner Has an Addiction: How Compassion Can Transform Your Relationship (and Heal You…Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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Table of Contents


Part I. Love, Compassion, and Understanding
Chapter 1: Love and Addiction: Can They Coexist?
Chapter 2: Do I Love My Partner Enough to Stay?
Chapter 3: Hope and Compassion: The Keys to Healing

Part II. Taking on a Compassionate Attitude
Chapter 4: A Fresh Look at Addiction
Chapter 5: A Different Perspective on Codependency

Part III. Your Role in Your Partner’s Recovery
Chapter 6: The Difference between Codependency and Compassion
Chapter 7: Should You Be a Supporter or a Collaborator?
Chapter 8: Becoming a Compassionate Supporter
Chapter 9: Becoming a Compassionate Collaborator
Chapter 10: Creating Your Own Self-Care Program


Appendix I: Types of Childhood Abuse
Appendix II: Options for Recovery


About the Authors

Editorial Reviews

“This complex issue affects the lives of millions of people and their families every day. Christopher and Beverly should be applauded for approaching a delicate subject with true compassion.”—Maria Shriver“One of the best books available on codependency. . . . Here you will learn how to return to compassion and how to back off without backing out of a relationship altogether.”—Dr. Drew“When Your Partner Has an Addiction is a godsend for the millions who feel trapped between hope and despair. . . . Lawford writes with elegance, wisdom, and compassion in a guide that can change — even save — your life.”—David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy and Clean“A terrific primer for dealing with a practicing addict that respects both partners struggle with codependency. It provides practical solutions to avoid enabling and how to be a compassionate supporter of your loved one.”—Darlene Lancer, author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You