Family Workshop at Magnolia Creek

Eating disorders are a family disease; as such, family involvement in the treatment process is a vital part of recovery for all members of the family.  Additionally, research shows that rates of recovery are significantly higher for clients whose families participate in the treatment process.  Magnolia Creek’s Family Workshop is a three-day, intensive process.  


Among other things, the Family Workshop program provides eating disorder and mental health education, communication and boundary setting instruction, interactive groups, and family therapy sessions.  Each night, family members and clients have “homework.”  These assignments are designed to stimulate self-exploration, therapeutic discussion, and resolution.  The Magnolia Creek team is excited and passionate about the Family Workshop, because we recognize it as a unique opportunity for all family members to grow and heal.  We believe that embracing change is the essential component to creating new and healthy relationship patterns. Below is a list of helpful readings we provide families and clients who are in recovery.  


Eating Disorders

The Body Betrayed, by Kathryn J. Zerbe

*Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family & Friends, by Michelle Siegel

Life Without Ed, by Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge

*Fat is a Family Affair by Judy Hollis

Andrea’s Voice, by Doris Smeltzer with Andrea Lynn Smeltzer

Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food, Susan Albers.

Binge No More, by Joyce D Nash

Eating With Your Anorexic, by Laura Collins

*Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder, by Johanna S. Kandel

Intuitive Eating, by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

*Do I Look Fat in This, by Jessica Weiner



*Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin, by Anne Katherine

Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day by Anne Katherine

*Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud & John Townsend

Boundaries and Relationships: Knowing, Protecting and Enjoying the Self, by Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.


Messages: The Communication Skills Book, by McKay, Davis & Fanning

I’m OK – You’re OK, by Thomas A. Harris, Ph.D.

How to be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration, David Richo



*Codependent No More, by Melody Beattie

*Beyond Codependency, by Melody Beattie

*Facing Codependence, by Pia Mellody

Choice-Making, by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse

Understanding Codependency, by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse & Joseph Cruse

Learning to Say No, by Carla Wills-Brandon

Living in the Comfort Zone: The Gift of Boundaries in Relationships, by Rokelle Lerner

Is it Love or Is It Addiction?, by Brenda Schaeffer

Generation of Codependency, by Ann W. Smith

Codependence:  The Dance of the Wounded Souls, on website, Robert Burney


Meditation Books

Calming Your Anxious Mind, by Jeffery Brantley

Each Day a New Beginning, by Karen Casey

Days of Healing, Days of Joy, by Anonymous

The Language of Letting Go, by Melody Beattie

Journey to the Heart, by Melody Beattie

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Recovery Meditations for Hard Cases,      by Barry Longyear

Food for Thought: Daily Meditations for Dieters and Overeaters, by Anonymous

Courage to Change, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc


AA and Al-Anon Books

*Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book, by Dr. William D. Silkworth, Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson

*Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc

*Al-Anon’s 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc

One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc

The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc

Courage to Change, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc

Hope for Today, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc

Alateen- A Day at a Time, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc

Alateen- Hope for Children of Alcoholics, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc

Having Had a Spiritual Awakening, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarter, Inc


Addiction and Recovery

*The Addictive Personality, by Craig Nakken

The Disease Concept of Alcohol and Other Addictions, by Norman Miller

Pleasure Unwoven (DVD), by Kevin McCauley

*Everything Changes: Help for the Families of Newly Recovering Addicts, by Beverly Conyers

Choices & Consequences: What to Do When a Teenager Uses Alcohol/Drugs, by Dick Schaeffer

How to Communicate in Sobriety, by Luther & Eileen Lord

*A Woman’s Way Through the Twelve Steps, by Stephanie Covington

Addiction and Grief, by Barb Rogers


Adult Children of Alcoholics

It Will Never Happen To Me, by Claudia Black

*Adult Children of Alcoholics, by Janet G. Woititz

Marriage on the Rocks, by Janet G. Woititz

Healthy Parenting: An Empowering Guide for Adult Children, by Janet G. Woititz

Grandchildren of Alcoholics: Another Generation of Codependency, by Ann W. Smith

My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease, by Claudia Black

*Twelve Steps of Adult Children Workbook, by ACA World Service Organization

Sexual Addiction

Don’t Call It Love, by Patrick Carnes

*Facing the Shadow, by Patrick Carnes

Out of the Shadows, by Patrick Carnes

*A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps, by Patrick Carnes

Contrary to Love, by Patrick Carnes

*The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships, by Patrick Carnes

Sexual Anorexia, by Patrick Carnes

Disclosing Secrets: When, to Whom, & How Much to Reveal, by Corley & Schneider

Mending a Shattered Heart, by Stefanie Carnes

Other Helpful Reading

*The Spirituality of Imperfection, by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham

I’ll Scream Later, by Marlee Matlin

*Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp

*Mom, I Feel Fat, by Sharon Hersh

The Dance of Anger, by Harriet Lerner

Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck

Embracing Fear: How To Turn What Scares Us Into Our Greatest Gift, by Thom Rugledge 


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