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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (May 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558747516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558747517
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

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.

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By Barbara Brown on Jan. 24 2001
Format: Paperback
Tian Dayton has written a very powerful and insightful book on Trauma and Addiction,as they seem to go hand in hand. After reading this book I see the truth about my life and that I did not grow up in a Leave It To Beaver family. Many patterns and behaviors in my family were right on the pages of the book, so reading this has uncovered memories that have been deeply buried for a long time. This book illustrates the healing power of psychodrama and therapy, offering the reader hope and ways for breaking the cycle of pain. It takes a lot of work and courage to go back and acknowledge some of the pains of our past but its worth the freedom from the nightmares that continually haunt us causing repeated pain in our present relationships with others and ourselves. I highly recommend this book if your doing inner work and are ready to look, see and grow forward.
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Tian Dayton's book is a long overdue treatise on the results of trauma on the human psyche written for the average reader with good science behind it. Her book is different from other self help books in that it appeals both to the emotions (needed for change) and the intellect. Often on the journey to personal growth we forget one or the other. Dayton has not forgotten their importance. Judith S. Lavendar, MA
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Facing the Truth Jan. 24 2001
By Barbara Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tian Dayton has written a very powerful and insightful book on Trauma and Addiction,as they seem to go hand in hand. After reading this book I see the truth about my life and that I did not grow up in a Leave It To Beaver family. Many patterns and behaviors in my family were right on the pages of the book, so reading this has uncovered memories that have been deeply buried for a long time. This book illustrates the healing power of psychodrama and therapy, offering the reader hope and ways for breaking the cycle of pain. It takes a lot of work and courage to go back and acknowledge some of the pains of our past but its worth the freedom from the nightmares that continually haunt us causing repeated pain in our present relationships with others and ourselves. I highly recommend this book if your doing inner work and are ready to look, see and grow forward.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Getting to the Root Aug. 10 2009
By John Mark Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed Dayton's Heartwounds: The Impact of Unresolved Grief on Relationships so much that I immediately when to this book to read in more depth about the connection between trauma and addiction. Whatever one's addiction (alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, gambling, frenetic activity, eating, workaholism, etc.), it is linked to trauma in one's life (whether childhood or adult). These addictions present themselves as solutions but they are actually symptoms of a deeper problem. Trauma-without effective coping strategies-creates emotional illiteracy. Rather than medicating the pain of the trauma through addictive substances or behavoirs, emotional literacy enables people to move through their trauma. Dayton suggests that we not only psychologically hold on to these traumas but also somatically so that when we experience renewed trauma our bodies as well as pysches react to the new trauma with all the power of the unresolved trauma in our past. This creates a need to medicate with whatever addiction has been our coping strategy. Part of the resolution to this need is to re-experience the trauma somatically as well as psychologically through psychodrama. This was an enlightening book to me.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Clear and informative May 26 2001
By Judith Lavendar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tian Dayton's book is a long overdue treatise on the results of trauma on the human psyche written for the average reader with good science behind it. Her book is different from other self help books in that it appeals both to the emotions (needed for change) and the intellect. Often on the journey to personal growth we forget one or the other. Dayton has not forgotten their importance. Judith S. Lavendar, MA
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Ending it through understanding Dec 28 2006
By J. Siri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book thinking it was just going to be another book regarding addictions and rehab centers, etc. But after the first chapter "the connection between Trauma and addiction" I understood why it is so difficult for others to let go of their main addiction which sometimes is drugs sometimes food, sometimes shopping.

When I continued reading the book it makes it clear on how the family support and codependency can either help you or push you deeper into the claws of the addiction.

Also it explains clearly the issue of "body memories" that most of the addictive personalities have.

If you have a family member who has problem with an addiction or consider yourself an addict, before reading any other book or taking any step toward rehabilitation, please read this one, it will change your way of seeing the problem and help you see the solution.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very insightful and readable Nov. 19 2009
By Rion - Published on Amazon.com
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The amazing thing about this book was that it was so in-depth and complete, that it might be considered a clinical analysis, but she manages to make it very readable and engaging anyway. I have read many other books on recovery (Bradshaw, Beattie, Melody, Gorski) but this one really has a way of getting down to brass tacks like none of the others. Reframing is one of the words you will see used quite frequently here, and it is the concept of going back to previous experiences and reliving them to change the way your brain records the associated emotions. While she never mentions it, this is one of the foundations of NLP work, which I strongly believe in.

My one complaint is the cover! It is pretty ugly. Why? An ugly cover creates a negative impression and will lower the odds of somone wanting to come back and continue reading the book. I hope they do a second edition and change that.


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