Healing the Scars of Addiction: Reclaiming Your Life and Moving into a Healthy Future

Reviewed by: G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, IN.



Title: Healing the Scars of Addiction: Reclaiming Your Life and Moving into a Healthy Future

Author: Gregory L. Jantz, Ann McMurray

Publisher: Revell (Baker Publishing Group)

Publication Date: 2018

Format: Paperback

Length: 196 pages


What does it take to beat addictions? For that matter, what behaviors count as addictions? Dr. Gregory L. Jantz and Anne McMurray answer these questions and others in this book, using Jantz’s many years of experience as a therapist along with current medical research to describe how to recognize an addiction, overcome it, and learn to live without it.

The writing is occasionally repetitive with its many references to the Center, the Washington-based treatment facility Dr. Jantz founded, and sometimes to groups the Center partners with. Self-promotion aside though, this book gives a great overview of the factors that cause people to become addicts and what addicts need to recognize about themselves before they find healing. The book does a particularly good job of describing how childhood trauma or poor parenting can create psychological issues that lead people into becoming addicts.

Readers seeking addiction treatment tips that reflect Christian principles, but which anyone can relate to, will also find this book very helpful.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

People struggling with addiction or helping other people who have addictions, people trying to understand key elements of addiction treatment.

Christian Impact

This book will help Christians understand addiction in a healthy and honest way, showing them how to overcome their addictions and help other people understand their addictions.


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Healing the Scars of Addiction: Reclaiming Your Life and Moving Into a Healthy Future

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