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Readings and Resources for Clients

Sometimes your clients may need a little inspiration. We have compiled a series of readings that help support a life in recovery. Just direct your clients to these pages, or print them out for them.

How Can You Talk to Loved Ones about Their Trauma?
Author of Blind Devotion shares her experiences with her military husband's PTSD and offers thoughts on how to open communications.

Meditation App Supports Mental Health
New mobile app provides daily meditations geared toward helping people manage their mental health symptoms.

Finding the Hidden Strengths of ADHD
Author and teacher Kevin Roberts shows how the perceptual, interpersonal, and cognitive differences of those with ADHD can be translated into unique skills.

Overcoming Shame-based Thinking
Overpowering, negative emotions can derail efforts at achieving sobriety. A few therapy-informed techniques can help you stay on course.

Cultivating Hope
In studying resilience in the face of trauma and pain, researcher Brené Brown, in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, found that the capacity to hope-intelligently and actively-is an essential component.

Getting Help for Co-occurring Disorders
If you have co-occurring disorders, don't despair. There are effective ways to treat your mental health disorder while you heal from addiction.

A PTSD Survivor's Story: A Soldier's Account
A veteran of the war in Iraq tells his story of survival from the traumatic experiences he faced. In the book, 5 Survivors, survivors share their stories with Dr. Tracy Stecker out of a desperate need to heal and to be helpful to others who have experienced trauma or who love someone who has experienced trauma. They were not paid, and talking about their lives was not easy.

Confronting a History of Mental Illness
Struggling to understand his mother's pain and his longstanding battle with anxiety, reporter and memoirist Tom Davis returns to his family—and genealogical records—to find answers.

The Twelve Steps for Non-Believers
Marya Hornbacher, in her new book, Waiting, describes her own journey through the Twelve Steps as a non-believer and charts a new understanding of the spiritual course of recovery.

Daily Meditations Help People with Mental Health Disorders
Daily meditations have long been a part of recovery for people with addictions. A Restful Mind offers inspiration and support for people living with mental health problems.

Balance and Boundaries
In Shock Waves, Cynthia Orange provides practical advice on managing one's own reactions to a loved one's PTSD symptoms and illustrates that understanding one's limits may do the most to promote healthy recovery.

Journey Toward Sanity
In Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the 12 Steps, Marya Hornbacher examines the Twelve Steps and sets out suggestions for how those with mental illness can work through them and apply them in their support groups and their life in recovery. In this excerpt, Hornbacher considers her early encounters with Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps.

Cultivating Resiliency
In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, author Brené Brown considers why some people seem more able to cope with stress and trauma in a way that allows them to move forward with their lives.

 
Handouts

Living with Co-occurring Disorders and Mental Health DisordersLiving with Co-occurring Addiction and Mental Health Disorders includes exercises to introduce readers to the early stages of recovery. Download the worksheets

Fact Sheets

Download these PDFs for more information about the following disorders:

This fact sheet can help explain the causes of co-occurring disorders:

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