On the Other Side of Chaos



Ellen Van Vechten

Central Recovery Press

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6 x 9
312 pages


Understanding the Addiction of a Loved One

A lawyer turned drug counselor examines the disruption many families endure when addiction impacts their lives.

Based in part on her own family’s journey, Ellen Van Vechten explains the science of addiction, the theory of treatment, and the twelve-step model of recovery, providing sensible information and tips for reasoned action in support of a loved one while fostering personal growth and recovery.

Powerlessness over another’s addiction has a caustic effect on the family. Too often parents and partners equate “letting go” with “giving up.” While acceptance of a lack of control is essential to coping with the disease within the family system, there is nothing passive about supporting a partner or child in their journey to recovery. This concept is the foundation of Van Vechten’s original approach to empower individuals with knowledge, which when coupled with acceptance allows any family dealing with active addiction to make thoughtful and reasoned decisions to facilitate the recovery of both their loved ones and themselves.

Ellen Van Vechten

ELLEN VAN VECHTEN, JD, MSW, CADC, practiced law for over thirty years. She obtained a MSW in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, with an emphasis in Alcohol and Drug Counseling in the State of Illinois.
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