Helpful Reading


“It Will Never Happen to Me!” Children of Alcoholics: As Youngsters — Adolescents — Adults
Claudia Black
This “little green book,” as it has come to be known to hundreds of thousands of C.O.A.’s and A.C.O.A.’s, is meant to help the reader understand the roles children in alcoholic families adopt, the problems they face in adulthood as a result, and what they can do to break the pattern of destruction.

Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems — Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded
Anne M Fletcher
This book by Anne M. Fletcher explores the many ways people can deal with alcohol abuse problems — from the traditional support groups to a wide variety of other approaches and techniques.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Dr. Gabor Mate
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction takes a panoramic yet highly intimate look at this widespread and perplexing human ailment.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Workbook for Healing
Patty McConnell
A guide to recovery offering a gentle and effective way to get well. This book is an ongoing therapy session for anyone who grew up in an alcoholic family and dares look at how it has affected them.


Taking Charge of Adult ADHD
Russell A. Barkley
For adults with ADHD, problems with attention, planning, problem solving, and controlling emotions can make daily life an uphill battle. Dr. Barkley provides step-by-step strategies for managing symptoms and reducing their harmful impact.

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the most out of life with Attention Deficit Disorder
Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
Delivered from Distraction provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime.

The Gift of Adult ADD: How to transform your challenges and Build on your Strengths
Lara Honos-Webb
Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, this book shows you how to transform symptoms into strengths
to improve your relationships, job performance, parenting skills, and overall quality of life.

Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
Dr. Gabor Matte
Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, this book explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real
hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder.


The Dance of Anger: A Women’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships
Harriet Lerner
For two decades, this book has helped millions of readers learn how to turn their anger into a constructive force for reshaping their lives. With a new introduction by the author, The Dance of Anger is ready to lead
the next generation.

When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within
Mathew McKay, Judith McKay, Peter D. Rogers
This is a complete, step-by-step guide to changing habitual anger-generating thoughts while developing healthier, more effective ways of meeting your needs. When you work through the exercises and lessons in this book, you will immediately see positive change in every aspect of your life.


The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
Edmund J. Bourne
With this workbook, you’ll learn a range of proven methods for overcoming anxiety, such as relaxation
and breathing techniques, challenging negative self-talk and mistaken beliefs, and imagery and
real-life desensitization.

Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Workbook
David H. Barlow, Michelle G. Craske
Though panic disorder seems irrational and uncontrollable, it has been proven that a treatment like
the one outlined in this book can help you take control of your life.

At Last a Life, Anxiety and Panic Free
Paul David
Every common symptom is explained in the book, not just the anxiety, but also, the feelings of unreality,
the racing thoughts, feelings of dread, lack of confidence, depression, the constant worry cycle and
many more symptoms.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
Susan Jeffers
In this enduring guide to self-empowerment, Dr. Susan Jeffers inspires us with dynamic techniques
and profound concepts that have helped countless people grab hold of their fears and move forward
with their lives.


Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (workbook also available)
Dr. David D. Burns
In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.

Mind Over Mood: Change the Way you Feel, by Changing the Way You Think
Dennis Greenberger, Christina A. Padesky
Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings;
change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve
moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships.

Why am I still depressed?
Dr. Jim Phelps
Why Am I Still Depressed? shows you how to identify if you have a non manic form of
bipolar disorder and how to work with your doctor to safely and effectively treat it.

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression
Patricia J. Robinson, Kirk D. Strossahl
This workbook uses techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to offer a new treatment
plan for depression that will help you live a productive life by accepting your feelings instead of fruitlessly
trying to avoid them.

Interpersonal/ Relationships

Intimacy and Solitude: Balance, Closeness and Independence
Stephanie Dowrick
Stephanie Dowrick shows how intimacy begins in discovering and trusting your own self, and
then bringing that personal strength into one’s relationships with friends, family, and lovers.

Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends
Bruce Fisher
This book offers a proven, supportive nineteen-step process for putting one’s life
back together after divorce.

The High Conflict Couple:
A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy and Validation

Alan Fruzzetti
The High-Conflict Couple adapts the powerful techniques of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
into skills you can use to tame out-of-control emotions that flare up in your relationship.

The Relationship Cure
John Gottman
A powerful, simple five-step program, for greatly improving all of the relationships in your life—with
spouses and lovers, children, siblings, colleagues.

Hold me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Sue Johnson
Dr. Johnson teaches that the way to enhance or save a relationship is to be open, attuned, and
responsive to each other and to reestablish emotional connection.

Boundaries: Where you End and I Begin
Anne Katherine
Boundaries bring order to our lives, strengthen our relationships with others and ourselves, and are essential to our mental and physical health. For those of us who have walked away from a conversation, meeting, or visit feeling violated and not understanding why, this book helps us recognize and set healthy boundaries.

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay in, or Get Out of Your Relationship

Mira Kirshenbaum
A careful line of 36 questions and self-analysis techniques designed to get to the heart of relationship and marriage problems.  This straightforward and practical advice is designed for newer and older relationships, and presents a plethora of information and experience in a clear, concise manner.

The Dance of Intimacy
Harriet Lerner
Taking a careful look at those relationships where intimacy is most challenged — by distance, intensity, or pain — she teaches us about the specific changes we can make to achieve a more solid sense of self and a more intimate connectedness with others.

Will I ever be good enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
Dr Karyl McBride
The first book for daughters who have suffered the abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life.

After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner has been Unfaithful
Janis A. Spring
Written by a clinical psychologist who has been treating distressed couples for 22 years, this book guides both hurt and unfaithful partners through the stages of healing.

How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To
Janis A. Spring
This bold and healing book offers step-by-step, concrete instructions that help us make peace with others and with ourselves, while answering some very crucial questions.

Self Improvement

How to Find the Work you Love
Laurence G. Boldt
This remarkable guide offers simple yet profound strategies to help you answer those questions by focusing on four key elements to be sought in any life’s work: Integrity, Service, Enjoyment, and Excellence.

The Assertiveness Workbook
Randy Patterson
Learn how to set and maintain personal boundaries without becoming inaccessible. Become more genuine and open in relationships without fearing attack. Defend yourself when you are criticized or asked to submit to unreasonable requests.

The Self Esteem Workbook
Glen R. Schiraldi
Learn step-by-step techniques to help you: Handle your mistakes and respond well to criticism. Foster compassion for yourself and others, set up and achieve goals that will enrich your life and use visualization for self-acceptance.

Other Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous – Ottawa Area
The AA Preamble Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Copyright © by The AA Grapevine, Inc.

Drug and Alcohol Help Line
The Drug and Alcohol Helpline provides information about drug and alcohol addiction services in Ontario. We are funded by the Government of Ontario. Our service is live answer 24/7, confidential and free.