Carrie Wilkens & Nicole KosankeAIRED: December  15 2014– 11 am PST


TITLE:  “BEYOND ADDICTION Part 2 How Science and Kindness Help People Change”

SPECIAL GUEST: Carrie Wilkens PhD, & Nicole Kosanke PhD

Addiction impacts 1 in 4 families in the United States. Yet when parents, children, spouses, friends, grandparents and significant others search for ways to help their struggling loved ones survive destructive substances and behaviors, traditional wisdom in the addiction treatment world often tells them that they can’t. The choices are extreme: they must force the loved one into rehab, or detach until he reaches rock bottom. There isn’t much a caring individual or worried family can do except wait and hope.

Beyond Addiction, is a powerful new book that offers an alternative to the twelve-step program. Its powerful message is one of hope—showing family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones change.

Beyond Addiction eschews the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones change. Drawing on forty collective years of research and decades of clinical experience, the authors present the best practical advice science has to offer.

Delivered with warmth, optimism, and humor, Beyond Addiction defines a new, empowered role for friends and family and a paradigm shift for the field. Learn how to tap the transformative power of relationships for positive change, guided by exercises and examples. Practice what really works in therapy and in everyday life, and discover many different treatment options along with tips for navigating the system.

And have hope: this guide is designed not only to help someone change, but to help someone want to change.


Carrie Wilkins, PhD is co-founder and clinical director of CMC and a dedicated practitioner and researcher of the most effective treatments for substance use problems and compulsive behaviors. Her expertise is regularly sought by the CBS Early Show; Fox News; Newsweek; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Psychology Today.

Kosanke, PhD is director of evaluation and family services at CMC. In 2008 she was featured in an O, The Oprah Magazine article about her client’s experience in treatment at CMC, which was later published in O’s Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O.

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