Addicts and their families are victims of posttraumatic stress disorder, argues Dayton, a therapist specializing in addiction treatment. As such, they are numbed, unable to identify their emotions and respond to them suitably so that they can cope with addiction and other problems. A number of techniques are discussed for developing this "emotional literacy," including letter-writing, journal-keeping, analyzing family photographs, and psychodrama. As with many therapy books, only anecdotal evidence is offered, so readers are unable to gauge the validity of Dayton's sweeping statements about large groups of people. On the other hand, a number of people clearly experience unhappy and insecure childhoods and must deal with the aftereffects. The advice offered here seems useful and sensible, but much of it can be applied only in a recovery group. In other words, this clearly isn't meant to be a self-help book, but it doesn't seem to be written for a professional audience either. This lack of focus makes the title of marginal interest.AMary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA
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TIAN DAYTON, Ph.D., T.E.P., is a therapist in private practice in New York City. In addition to her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, she also holds a master's degree in educational psychology. A fellow of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and a faculty member of the Drama Therapy Department at New York University, Dayton presents psychodrama workshops and training nationally. She is also a practioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group therapy. In her own practice, she continually witnesses sociometry group therapy and psychodrama working most effectively in resolving issues of PTSD, reducing relapse and allowing addicts, adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs), and spouses an arena in which to confront their issues and work through them toward successful healing. She is the author of Heartwounds, The Soul's Companion, The Quiet Voice of the Soul, The Drama Within, Keeping Love Alive, Daily Affirmations for Forgiving and Moving On, and Daily Affirmations for Parents.See all Product Description