Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How To Change Someone You Love

About the Book (taken from Amazon.com)

A powerful, ground-breaking book that shows you, in concrete steps, how to stop a loved one from engaging in self destructive behavior. Stop your husband from drinking himself to death. Don't let your brother lose it all to gambling. Get your kid off drugs. Motivate your best friend to lose weight. Make your spendthrift brother-in-law stop maxing out his credit cards. Get your sister out of an abusive relationship. Erase anger in your co-worker. If you're tired of watching your spouse, child, relative, or best friend go downhill, dragging you with them, How to Change Someone You Love will help you turn their lives around. You don't have to endure behavior that is unhealthy, abusive, possibly deadly, and that threatens to unravel relationships. You can change it. Many books will tell you that you can't change anyone. They advise you not to even try. The problem is, they ignore the tremendous power you actually have to change people. If most books about change are written for the addict or troubled person, How to Change Someone You Love reaches out to the loved ones who know that change is critical and urgent. How to Change Someone You Love is not just a self-help book; this is a help-you-act book. "Brad Lamm’s step-by-step approach empowers families and friends to change their loved ones through compassionate, caring and continuing support."-- Dr. Mehmet Oz


Brad Lamm has been helping others get sober and stay sober for years. Highly motivated and with long-term sobriety himself, he is a Board-Registered Interventionist, a teacher and speaker, and a founder of Intervention Specialists. Previously a news anchor, his TV work today centers on family systems and teaching people how to begin change in their own lives, and in the lives of those they love.


This is an interesting book. I am not personally dealing with any intervention-needing situations right now so I am honestly not sure how Lamm's methods would work in real life. I really appreciated the basic premise of this book that people CAN change and that we can help them do so. The book is incredibly straightforward and easy to understand. I found it well written and the addition of tons of anecdotes helped keep my interest. If you are struggling with how to help a loved one change than I would definitely check out How To Change Someone You Love.

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