Post-acute withdrawal presents a significant challenge to many people for at least a year after they stop using alcohol and or other psychoactive substances. Knowing what to expect, and how to reduce the symptoms of PAWS can help individuals and families work together to make life far more manageable in early recovery.
Barbara L. Wood, Ph.D. APA-CPP Alcoholism and Other Substance Use Disorders
Barbara L. Wood, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and author practicing in Bethesda, Maryland. She specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma. She is the author of two books about the impact of familial alcoholism. Her first book, Children of Alcoholism:The Struggle for Self and Intimacy in Adult Life, was published in 1987 by New York University Press and is listed in the current New York Review of Books as one of the best books in print. Her second book, Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home was published by Crossroads/Continuum in 1992 and recently updated and re-released. It is currently available in paperback and electronic form on Amazon.com. http://goo.gl/5OgmPm
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