Monday, October 30, 2017

Book Review: A Parent's Guide to Teen Addiction by Laurence Westreich MD

A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction
(October 17, 2017; Skyhorse Publishing)
by Laurence Westreich, M.D.

Divided into three sections, this book guides parents from the moment they suspect their teen has a substance abuse problem to the steps families must take after intensive treatment.

Dr. Westreich:
• Lays out the facts of teen addiction and explains how to recognize a problem with a teen
• Details what parents need to know about the substances that teenagers commonly use
• Provides information on what to do about the substance abuse, including how to find good one-on-one addiction therapy, how to encourage a teen to enter an outpatient program or inpatient facility, and how to line up aftercare treatment

Additionally, Dr. Westreich includes “tough talk” dialogues that parents can tailor to their specific situation with their teen.

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About the Author:
Laurence M. Westreich, M.D., is an addiction psychiatrist, clinical associate professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, and the author of A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction and Helping the Addict You Love. He is Past President of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and is a consultant on behavioral health and addiction to the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, WABC-TV, Fox News, Radio America, Sirius Satellite Radio, WOR-AM, and AP Radio Network, and speaks to schools and community groups on an ongoing basis. He resides in Montclair, New Jersey.

Praise for A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction
"Dr. Westreich masterfully provides a skilled balance between the science and art of understanding addictions in teens. Using both case examples and didactics, he provides a very pragmatic guide that is based on professionally accepted methods punctuated by his clinical experience in leading a child out of an addiction. A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction will be a very important asset to any family who is suffering with teenage addiction.” ―Timothy Willens, MD, Clinical Director at the Center for Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

“Dr. Westreich’ s book presents a commonsense and user-friendly model for family members who want to help their drug- and alcohol-using teen. The scenarios and dialogues give valuable direction for managing an addicted teen’s often self-destructive and frightening behavior, and would be useful for anyone in this situation.” ―Dr. Herbert D. Kleber, Founder and Director Emeritus of the Division on Substance Abuse at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute 

“Dad, I’m fine! Marijuana is natural. I need it to study. But, you did drugs, dad. Dr. Westreich has heard them all. And now he has put all his incredible experience, science, wisdom, and, yes, common sense in A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction. If one day you find yourself having a teenager in the family, this little volume of solid gold medical advice is your best guide through the jungle." ―Petros Levounis, MD, MA, Professor and Chair, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 

My Review
Whenever I read a nonfiction book, the first thing I do is flip to the table of contents to see how logically the book is designed. Second, I flip to the back of the book to look for an index and any bonus material. Third, I skim the body of the body, hoping for eye-catching information. Finally, I read the entire content.

With A Parent's Guide to Teen Addiction, I was impressed with many of the book's basic design and content elements. In addition to a detailed table of contents and index, this book contains a 30 page glossary! Another aspect I really appreciated about this book: at the end of each chapter, the author sums up with "Points to Remember." This was a helpful way to reinforce the concepts covered in that particular chapter. The book was written in a way that enables readers to quickly and easily find specific content to help their situation. The chapter titles and subtitles allow readers to zero-in on topics such as food addiction, gambling, and inpatient programs (to pick a few). 

I recommend this book to parents, educators, care-givers, and anyone else who wants to help teenagers improve their lives.

A Parent's Guide to Teen Addiction is a comprehensive and easy-to-read tool to help parents help their kids. 

[Thank you to FSB Associates for providing me with a copy of this book for review. This in no way influenced my opinion.]

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