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How to Convert Fear and Anxiety Into Hope and Serenity When a Loved One is an Addict

Palm City, FL, June 16, 2010 --( This new book written by Denise Krochta and published by Dog Ear Publishing is a guide for those who love someone battling with addiction and how to convert the fear and anxiety in their life to hope and serenity.

Millions of people know the chaos that occurs in the daily lives of those who love addicts and alcoholics. When loving someone who has an addiction, fear, frustration, anxiety, distraction and depression take over and become a way of life. When author Denise Krochta discovered her youngest son was addicted to drugs, she began the long descent toward hopelessness and despair.

Krochta describes how on that first day, she went to her son’s dark apartment and held him in her arms in his bed while he shook, vomited and cried. Terrified, she clung to him, and as she did, she pictured holding her son as a newborn baby, then as a young child. But Sweat is not simply a memoir of how drugs changed her life, nor is it a book about how to cure an addict, even though that is where our priorities lie when we discover a loved one’s addiction. In fact, Sweat is not a book about addicts at all. Instead, it’s a book about the one who loves the addict. Sweat is a guide to converting the fear and anxiety in life to hope and serenity. It’s about Not becoming addicted to the addict and losing every other focus in life. It is a practical plan for how to live day to day and keep life--and heart--intact when a loved one is an addict.

Sweat is not a book about addicts at all... it’s a book about the one who loves the addict.

Sweat, published by Dog Ear Publishing, is also a good handbook for those who need more answers about addiction but don’t know where to start. When she set off in search of answers to her questions about drugs and addiction, Krochta found it was a long and difficult process. In her book she includes the resources that she found most helpful - both online and elsewhere. She includes testimonial to relate how her choices and techniques, her “recipe for sanity,” enabled her to live a fuller life during her son’s battle with addiction. Although it is not always possible to ensure that loved ones will make the best life choices, Krochta urges the reader to choose peace and hope over despair and misery and find ways to appreciate the beauty and serenity life has to offer. Sweat is truly a lifesaver, an indispensable read for anyone living with addiction.

Sweat: A Practical Plan for Keeping your Heart Intact While Loving an Addict
Denise Krochta
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-346-8 120 pages 12.95 US
Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere

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