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FROM ADDICTION TO RECOVERY: A THERAPIST'S PERSONAL JOURNEY

 

The story of becoming sober signifies a great deal more than simply not ‘picking up' or ‘using'. This is a story not only of recovery, but also of what it means to live in sobriety.

CONGRESSMAN PATRICK J. KENNEDY
1ST DISTRICT, RHODE ISLAND


This book, written by a recovering addict who became a successful therapist, is a perfect road map for addicts, codependents, and therapists. Among the milestones are sobriety, emotional maturity, and personal responsibility.

JOSEPH A. PURSCH, M.D.
PSYCHIATRIST AND MEMBER OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ADDICTION


A provocative and enlightening book that will inspire and touch the reader deeply. Highly recommended!

CONGRESSMAN JIM RANSTAD
3RD DISTRICT, MINNESOTA
CO-CHAIR, ADDICTION TREATMENT AND RECOVERY CAUCUS


Read this book, if for nothing else than insight into how very much alike we all are. Despite our differences, when we enter recovery, embracing it with clarity and purpose, willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes, that’s when life really begins.

ADDICTION TREATMENT MAGAZINE (CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR FULL REVIEW)


This is a highly readable book that will be inspirational to those struggling with alcohol or drug problems and enlightening for those unfamiliar with the recovery process.

GEORGE KOLODNER, M.D.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR, KOLMAC CLINIC
CLINICAL PROFESSOR, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE


Inspiration for a Nation Struggling with Addiction

Anyone interested in public policy regarding addiction should read this book. We live in an age where addiction to food, alcohol, drugs, sugar, or whatever seems to be overpowering all the genius of our modern scientific society. The mystery of why we have not been able to make significant advances in treating addiction is the question of the 21st century. Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith's excellent book, "From Addiction to Recovery", is a wonderful read. Dr Gadhia-Smith describes her own life in great detail. She was a woman with everything, and yet she felt into severely addictive behavior. Her struggle about her road to recovery is something everyone should read. Many young people may realize that if such a fine person such as Dr. Gadhia-Smith could fall to addiction and yet recover, they should conclude that they are also children of God and that they too can recover.

SENATOR LARRY PRESSLER (NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, DC)


This book gives us HOPE!

This book bares a woman's soul as she struggles with seemingly irrecoverable addictions and unimaginable psychological devastation. Yet she courageously recovers and gives readers HOPE that no pit is so deep nor compulsion so strong that an effective recovery program cannot overcome.

Anita's book should be read by all who have experienced - or know someone who has experienced - the desperation of addiction, insecurity, and deep emotional trauma. Her story provides a reference for all who seek to help themselves or others put their stories in context and feel life is worth living!

DON ARTHUR, M.D.


An Amazing Journey

This gripping ,intimate story covers a beautiful womans saga from a suburban middle class upbringing to pot smoking, alcohol- use then abuse. Her journey in and out of education, bars, sex, drugs and rock and roll....After years of stupid, self destroying behavior...She finds a 12 Step Program,learns to live a complete life then Graduates at the Top of her class from 2 of the Nations finest Universities and emerges as one of Washington DC's most respected, dedicated and devoted Counslers/Psyco Analysts. Her story is riviting and an inspiration.

ARNIE POTOMAC


A Must Read for Recovery and Emotional Growth

I very recently read this book and would recommend it to anyone who is in recovery and looking for answers on how to get better emotionally and spiritually after addiction. While many books have accounts of the active addiction, this book is more about understanding the underlying causes and the way out to spritual growth. The author's deep understanding of the addictions that have affected many in our society, gives hope to the newly recovered alcoholic and drug addict looking for a reason to continue in their search for sobriety and meaning in their lives.

W. HALL (WASHINGTON, DC)


A remarkable story, worth revisiting often!

This is a remarkable story of courage and perseverance, but most of all hope. And one of the most important "take aways" is that recovering from addiction is more than not just using - it is about allowing changes in attitudes, beliefs and actions to permeate the rest of your life. Dr. Smith does a wonderful job in allowing this part of the story to unfold, as she takes us through her journey through a "new life."

I've read it 3x since purchasing it about a month ago. And I never fail to find something worthwhile even when picking it up to peruse a few pages. Lots of lessons here!!

HOLLY


Very Educational, Honest, and Helpful!

I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows that one can work their way through very difficult times. The author was very forthcoming and inspirational. She worked through many obstacles to reach her goals. This is a very inspiring book for many audiences. I think it would be helpful for people with addictions, their families and professionals who work in this area. This is a great tool to become more aware of addiction in our society today. It also has many useful strategies to work on and overcome addictions.

CANDACE KOPIT "CANDACE SAHM, ADHD COACH" (BETHESDA, MD)


A fearless and thorough personal account

I found Dr. Gadhia-Smith's narrative fascinating. It really tells what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now for her as a recovering alcoholic and addict. It is very reader friendly and offers a hopeful message. I think this book would be good for anyone who suffers from "the disease of addiction" or knows someone who does. It was enlightening.

HELEN FOREST (WASHINGTON, DC)


Letting it all hang out!

Ferocious opening of a very private and rough first life and calming closure for the second go round. A great (and fast) read and learning experience for anyone who second guesses their value to other humans and a standard operating procedure for anyone needing inspiration and a roadmap to recovery. The author holds back on nothing and lets it all hang out so others can heal. Pure raw guts and a survival story that's always on the edge.

K. BURT


A Must Read for Medical Students and Those Struggling
"A must read for those studying medicine and treating people with medical & psychological issues associated with addiction. As a volunteer in the Psychiatric Unit of a hospital, I feel that Dr. Gadhia-Smith's honest and easy to read personal story can offer hope and guidance to those who have none left. As a human being, this book is a brave story of recovery and an example of the steps to take in leading a productive and rich life."
BILLIE MITZNER (ARLINGTON, VA)


An Achievement of Love and Will

When Anita reaches the point in her life at which she knows unequivocably that she must either sink or swim, she SWIMS. She swims through some of the most shark-infested and seemingly insurmountable waters imaginable - her own powerful and long-term addiction to drugs and alcohol. This is one of those "takes your breath away" true stories of a person who identifies in herself the will to live - and her love for herself - and struggles against tremendous obstacles to ultimately achieve true health and happiness. It is a story of bravery and humility. This is a "must read" for anyone looking for the inspiration - and a model - to kick the habit and for anyone who loves someone who must. Read it all night long. I did.

KATHLEEN C. STONE (BALTIMORE, MD)


Inspiring

This is a deeply honest, painful, yet inspiring, story. It was quick to read, but is slow to leave my thoughts. Especially the chapters on marriage and self-care. There are many lessons shared by the author that can help those struggling with addictions and with relationships. It is definitely a book I will share with others, maybe even lend them my copy, but will not let them keep. It was more than worth the price I paid for it.

C. SNOWDEN


A Must Read for Those in Need

This is a true life story that shares the insights necessary for addicts to find a methodology to potentially overcome their illness. In addition, it sheds light from the inside that will allow family members and friends to understand the signs and issues of addiction. This is a must read for anyone involved with addiction. It is easy to read and understand the messages that Dr. Gadhia-Smith has openly constructed about the internal confrontations of her life and her ability to overcome them. Any medical facility dealing with addiction must have this on their shelf and it should be required reading for anyone in AA or NA. In her book, Dr. Gadhia-Smith does not pretend to say that overcoming addiction is easy, but she does open the door to the dark closet of secrets surrounding this disease which affects so many.

ET (WASHINGTON, DC)


My wife's favorite book of 2007

My wife Inge asked me to buy this book for her - and she loved it. She told me after reading it in only three sessions, "this is one of the best books I have every read." She found it very difficult to put down and was very disappointed when she got to the final page.

The author tells her story from her soul and her heart, and captures the reader with her heartrending life experiences of someone so young. Anyone who is abusing drugs or alcohol and believes there is no way out will realize from this book that there really is a "light at the end of the tunnel." Dr Anita is a victor and a warrior, and she conquered all her addictions.

My wife assures me that you will enjoy reading this informative book. "All the characters are so alive," she said, "it is like watching a movie.

N. WALLACE (BETHESDA, MD)


A Review

This book held my attention, captivated my spirit, and warmed my soul. The writer's determination to battle, conquer and defeat her addiction made me hungry to read on. The story was compelling with from the gut honesty and an easy to read style.

ANONYMOUS


Splendid

The book is as gorgeous as the author's picture on the cover! Inviting, haunting, and very honest and real. Makes me wish I had met her in the 20s (and 30s and 40s!)! Don't miss her story!

RONALD E SMITH MD


A must read for professionals and lay people alike

This book would be an excellent text for substance abuse classes. I wish it had been available when I was in school. It follows the progression of the disease from the beginning, to the depths of misery, to the first glimmer of hope, and finally to the triumph of sobriety and high achievement. We are there for every moment of the journey.

I was struck by the absolute honesty of book. I don't know where Dr. Gadhia-Smith found the courage to be so self-revelatory.

MARIANNE


Very Helpful Book. Must Read

I bought this book for one of my friends and his response was 'This is the BEST gift you could have ever given' he called me after 2 weeks to thank me. I thought he was beyond help but this book had a great impact on him. What's interesting is that the author has personally experienced and overcome challenges so it is a realistic experience and not preachings by someone who cannot relate to it.

APURVA ASHOK GHELANI


Amazing story

I am not much of a book worm, but could not put this book down once I started reading it. To read about where Dr. Brown came from to where she is today, spiritually, personally and professionally...should be an inspiration of hope for anyone facing addiction issues.

A KID'S REVIEW


Why You Should Read This Book!

Excellent book for those suffering with any type of addiction or if you have a loved one in active addiction. The author tells her own story of horrific struggles to get a life of meaning as she crawls out from under the bondage of her addictions. Her quest for recovery gives all addicts hope of what can be found when you immerse yourself in a community of recovery. A book that brings hope for those of us in bondage. Her life in recovery is amazing as she dedicates herself to helping others as a therapist.

STEPHANIE H.

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PRACTICAL THERAPY: WISDOM FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIP, HEALTH, SELF-ESTEEM, AND SPIRITUALITY

 

Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith's professional expertise comes shining through in this book. Just as importantly, her personal experience and wisdom provide wonderful advice and guidelines for all areas of our lives!

DOUGLAS TIEMAN, PRESIDENT/CEO, CARON FOUNDATION, CARON TREATMENT CENTERS


Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith's practical wisdom reveals the human heart's desire to be fulfilled. Speaking the language of the heart, Dr. Smith encourages readers to cultivate the mystical dimension of their lives by contemplating ordinary wisdom and living life in an extraordinary way.

FR. MARK HUSHEN, OSFS, PRESIDENT AND CEO, FATHER MARTIN'S ASHLEY


This book is fi lled with wonderful truths and insights. In many ways, it's like the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Dr. Gadhia-Smith has hit another home run!

THE HONORABLE JOHN H. DALTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF THE NAVY


Dr. Gadhia-Smith is a thoughtful, sensitive therapist who has combined her personal and clinical experiences into a unique format that will be helpful to those people who are looking for ways to grow, and are willing to endure the discomforts that this search may involve.

GEORGE KOLODNER, MD, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, KOLMAC CLINIC


Dr. Gadhia-Smith is a devoted and excellent psychotherapist who has brought healing to many people. She has also 'listened to her life' and now shares these gems of wisdom from across the years. Many of them will resonate deeply for readers and provide light and signs for the journey of life.

REV. STUART KENWORTHY, RECTOR, CHRIST CHURCH, GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC


Practical Therapy: Wisdom for Your Relationship

Practical Therapy is organized in a way that allows me to quickly find useful advice on whatever is bothering me. And I love the "therapy bytes" because they are short, easy to understand, and frequently offer steps that are easy to try.

PHIL HARRIS


Guide to a better, more meaningful living

Dr. Anita Gadhia Smith's book Practical Therapy:Wisdom for Your Relationship, Health, Self Esteem,and Spirituality is a must have book for all who are making a concious effort to improve the quality of their life. Dr. Gadhia Smith's style is simple, effective and uncomplicated making it all the more effective. Her message is clear and its meaning is profoud. I found her book to inspire me to live a better, more meaningful life.

ANURADHA


In deed: very practical!

Dr. Gadhia-Smith has given us, in her latest book: "Practical Therapy: Wisdom for Your Relationship, Health, Self- Esteem, and Spirituality", superbly well chosen and organized nuggets of wisdom for our busy daily lives. I enjoy gleaning one or two thoughts in the relevant section for a moment that needs some basic clarity or fine tuning.

This book follows an entirely different work (see below) relating the extraordinary journey the author has travelled. Today, she is generously sharing its nurturing fruits in this very accessible book.

BERTRAND DUVAL-ARNOULD


A Must for Coffee Table or Nightstand

Dr. Gadhia-Smith has hit a chord once again with her second book. I was forcefully won over by her sincerity and her writing ability after reading her own personal story, From Addiction to Recovery - A Therapist's Personal Journey. This latest publication is a testament to the depths of her accumulated knowledge of people and of life, gleaned from 12 years of listening to and helping others in and out of her profession. This is not a book to be read in one, two, or even several sittings. Rather, it is a resource, one to be kept close at hand and picked up when the need arises for some guidance, some solace, some direction in one of several of life's dimensions. Practical Therapy should be a fixed item on your coffee table or nightstand. I bought two - one for each of these locations.

KATHY STONE


Dr Gadhia-Smith does it again!

This latest book by Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith, Practical Therapy, can be opened at random and you will be surprised by the profound yet readable advice. Divided into focused sections, this compilation of statements and observations has an answer to every possible human situation. My wife and I found it `addictive' to read. It gently forces one to reflect on each message even after putting it down, and it offers advice for times of need and times of happiness. There is something here for everyone for any experience in life. This is a `must have' book for your bedside reading, and you will fall asleep with a smile on your face.Norman Wallis, PhD

N. WALLIS

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LIVE AND LOVE EACH DAY: DAILY MEDITATIONS FOR LIVING FULLY

 

Read One A Day For A Year - Or Browse Your Own Life Dates

Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith has written 3 books.

One was about the self: From Addiction To Recovery. Which looked at her own life.

Another was about others: Practical Therapy. In which she looked at the idea and practice of psychotherapy.

This book, she's looking at time.

She has written useful and thought-provoking thought-starters for each day. If you choose, you can read one each day for the year. My preference is to bounce around and read about dates that have meaning to me.

Here are some of the dates that resonate for me and the title of what Anita has written:

June 2 Unity
December 7 You Control Your Thoughts
July 14 You Are Proven
November 22 Use I Statements
March 30 Approval
June 7 Reserve Judgment
October 12 Like And Love
December 31 Spiritual Warrior
September 11 Flexibility

Each idea gave me a different viewpoint to incubate on dates that are firm in my memory.

In civilization each one of us has a very distinctive personal culture.

What Anita has written can give you a new insight into your context, into your content.

ROGER GILBERTSON


Another gem from Dr Anita

This is another great book by Dr. Gadhia-Smith and complements her other publications. Just taking a few minutes to read each day's 'meditation' will give any person additional strength to face today's complex world day after day.

N. WALLIS


It's Never Too Late to Change

There are - and always have been - so many of these "self help" works on the market...Allow me a brief moment to yawn. This one by Dr. Gadhia-Smith is truly different: it hits me in the face EVERY DAY (and you MUST pick it up EVERY day) with a reflecting mirror. And I am looking smack at ME - the good, the bad and the ugly. Then...it takes me down a very brief but powerful and persuasive path to solving those life problems that steal my joy and my self-realization. It does so in a very direct, very clear, very simple manner which truly COMPELS me to pick it up each and every night before I finally turn out the light. I read each day's message - sometimes three, four, five times over - until I get a "fix" on it. Then the next day I look with anticipation to that night's short "discovery", much as I read a mystery novel. This is a gem, one that you will want to re-read each year. Doing so, I believe, will change your life. It's never too late to change.

KATHY STONE


The Basics for a Rewarding Life

This bright crisp fast daily manual, if read and applied is a concentration of the best psychological "truths" on the internet. Twenty Five dollars for almost everything you need to know to get free of your neuroses and change your life.

Dr Gadhia Smith is not coy and doesn't do subtle. Straight talk from a wise woman. She is a highly competent skilled therapist who has heard it all, done it all (see her Biography) learned from each of her own mistakes and knows how to make the changes to live again and love it....each day. Like an old wise coach who says more with fewer words. Read em and get into action!

RONALD E SMITH MD


LIVE AND LOVE EACH DAY DAILY MEDITATIONS FOR LIVING FULLY

I became totally engaged as I began reading the book. It was impossible to read just a few pages....The author has presented such diverse and relevant topics affecting every human being, regardless of cultural or social background.

ANURADHA


Live and Love Each Day: Daily Meditations for Living Fully

Dr. Smith's book is the first one of its type that I look forward to reading every day. The topics are varied, which means I never know what to expect. The advice given is easily understood and of a practical nature. And best of all, I find myself thinking about the meditations throughout the day.

PHIL HARRIS


Making loving and living better

I have tried a number of different meditation books, and Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith's "LIVE AND LOVE EACH DAY" is easily the best I've tried. It seems to combine wisdom from a number of spiritual programs. Its multidisciplinary meditation perspectives are fresh, because the author has used her strength and experience to frame life and its problems in appealing new ways. As she says on page one, "It is up to you to design the life you want," and I am thankful to have this book as a ready aid in doing so.

BILL FANT

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HOW TO STAY TOGETHER: WHETHER YOU WANT TO OR NOT

"How To Stay Together" is like having a conversation with a trusted and wise friend...

How To Stay Together covers deep themes in a simple, very accessible handbook style approach. You can read straight through or pick a chapter according to a specific need or place in your relationship walk. The book offers encouragement and practical wisdom for relationships in all stages.

KKIMBRELL


Incredible Insights: I read this book cover to cover. My copy is full of highlights, passages that resonate for me.

Dr. Gadhia-Smith is wise, intuitive and very helpful with her insights and recommendations.

MARGARETTA ARNOLD


An inspiring invitation into a wondering about the self as you are in relationship.

As a fellow psychotherapist, I find this book by Anita Ghadia-Smith to be clear and concise and inspiring. She directs you as the reader to know yourself well, to dive into who you are as you live in your relationship so that you can decide better about the the relationship you are in. The book is an invitation into the self and well worth the journey.

SUSAN D. BERLIN


The Truth About Love.

Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith gives us a frank treatment of the dynamics of a successful relationship. Love is a decision, not just a feeling. It's work. Dr. Gadhia-Smith gives readers the tools they need to make a relationship work. No one is responsible for our own happiness but ourselves. This book helps us move towards that reality. I would also recommend her first book as an honest, unblinking examination of moving from sickness to health. A brave and inspirational gem!

A CUSTOMER


Bravo Dr. Gadhia Smith!

I too have been disheartened by our "quick fix" society. You have managed to write a reader friendly guide that doesn't preach, but rather teaches the art of cultivating a meaningful relationship through hard work and commitment.

DR. FRAN LEIGHT MOSKOWITZ


Useful advice presented well.

Dr. Smith has provided a down-to-earth and readable book on a topic most people face sometime in their lives. She presents her personal experiences with honesty and her professional views in a straightforward manner. This book is useful to both the public and professionals working with couples.

N. WALLIS


A fairy-tale but a jewell.

Dr. Gadhia-Smith is giving us another jewel. Well organized, her clear writing addresses in twelve chapters the daily challenges of relationships. I particularly like the chapters on Conflicts, Commitment and Acceptance. In each one, she demystifies pre-conceived ideas and gently, but unequivocally, points toward constructive self-examination and challenges us into action.
The book is both informative, based on Dr. Gadhia-Smith’s vast experience, and a great source of material to periodically reflect on the state of our relationships with our partner, family and self.
With gratitude.

B. DUVAL-ARNOULD

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