about the book: "Addiction Therapy and Treatment: A Systems Approach"

Our new book tells how and why a family systems approach to recovery works.

Larry Fritzlan, LMFT, and Avis Rumney, LMFT, wrote Addiction Therapy and Treatment: A Systems Approach, based on science, evidence, and best practices for addiction and recovery. The book presents a radically different addiction treatment paradigm called Family Recovery Therapy, which, when followed conscientiously, produces far more successful outcomes than the currently predominant rehab model.

The book contains a foreword by Dr. Brad Reedy, an internationally known clinical director, author, podcaster, and co-owner of Evoke Therapy Programs. Dr. Reedy has worked with Larry Fritzlan for many years and has experienced the paradigm-shifting approach of Family Recovery Therapy and its successful results for his own clients.

Critical understanding for the therapist and the family system.

Addiction Therapy and Treatment: A Systems Approach offers simple recommendations to both addiction treatment providers and family members impacted by this brain disease. When followed correctly, this model has a proven success rate that approaches 100%. It is also much less expensive than traditional treatment and will profoundly upend the current addiction treatment industry.

The book is divided into three parts:

The book's first part explains theory and principles, defines addiction, and lays out the new paradigm for treatment, including the fourteen principles of Family Recovery Therapy.

The second part of the book includes case studies in which Family Recovery Therapy is used to treat the families of individuals struggling with addiction: a young adult, a spouse, a parent, and an adolescent.

This part also examines Stephanie Brown’s developmental model of family recovery using family systems principles and shows how Family Recovery Therapy fits within it.

The book's third part reviews how the Family Recovery therapist can collaborate with other providers and work with social support and mutual aid groups. This part also describes how to facilitate simple and accurate drug testing.

An extensive appendix includes forms for tracking family relationships, client agreement forms, and other detailed information for the practitioner to use in helping families struggling with addiction and codependency.

Read the introduction and the first chapter for free

Download a PDF of the introduction and chapter one, “Addiction Treatment: Introducing a New Paradigm.”

Continue your own journey of recovery by purchasing and reading the book, Addiction Therapy and Treatment: A Systems Approach.

A new lease on life

“Today I work at a treatment facility for substance abuse and go to school full time as a psychology major with hopes of becoming an addiction counselor. Without the help of Larry Fritzlan and his team, I would not be sober, I would not have a career, and chances are, I probably wouldn’t be alive.”
— Camille H.