Books and Media

The following are a list of resources that have been very helpful to me personally.  I am trying to make this a short list of highly impactful connections.

Helpful Books/Media:

Free Workbook for Those Addicted to Shoplifting by A Former Shoplifter
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I have listed this resource first because it is free, and it is a resource available right now. I have only posted the begining modules to the free Workbook for Shoplifters. I encourage you to check back regularly to get the latest Workbook module. The purpose of this workbook is to provide a beginning resource for overcoming an addiction to shoplifting. This is a self-guided workbook. It is your responsibility to uncover the reasons why you shoplift – and how to stop. The pages are designed to help shine a light on the path to an honest life of integrity. You as a traveler must choose to open your eyes, focus on the path and take the first step on the exciting journey back to sanity and safety.

Feel free to print off these lessons. There will be lines for your to write in your responses. Or, you can read the test on this site and write your responses in a notebook. Be sure to write your responses. Don’t take shortcuts in your recovery. That’s what go you here to begin with. Click Here to view an print what is available now.

Something for Nothing by Terrence Shulman
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This book is an invaluable first step to understanding the issue of shoplifting, both for the shoplifter and the community.  You will “live the story” with Terry and understand the mind of a shoplifter.  You will gain valuable insights and action steps for overcoming the self-destructive addition of shoplifting.

I personally credit “Something for Nothing” with opening my eyes to see that my stealing problem was an addition, and not just a flaw in my moral character. I learned that stealing was an unhealthy way of dealing with unresolved issues in my life. I was able to gain an understanding of where to start searching inside myself for a healthy and balanced way of life, free from the self-destructive compulsion to steal. This book is a “must have” for everyone in recovery from compulsive stealing.

Taking Back What’s Been Stolen: a STOP STEALING Workbook by Elizabeth Corsale MFT
This workbook offers effective and practical methods to stop this destructive behavior, gain control your life, and become free to create a life of choice, and ultimately of deeper meaning.

A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps: The Classic Guide for All People in the Process of Recovery by Patrick J Carnes Ph.D.
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This book is very helpful for those to whom the “12 step program” is a new concept.  It is a workbook with probing questions that will help the honest seeker understand the most effective way through the 12 step – even if you do not believe in God or a supreme being.

Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction by Lance M. Dodes, M.D.
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Breaking Addiction is a step-by-step guide to beating addiction of any kind—from drugs and gambling to alcoholism, overeating, and sex addiction. By recognizing and understanding the emotional forces underlying addictive behaviors, Dr. Dodes says any dangerous, life-destroying obsession can be overcome. Including special bonus sections for both families and health-care professionals, Breaking Addiction is the new handbook for those suffering from addiction—a valuable resource that addresses addiction’s root causes and serves as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and similar recovery programs.

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the 12 Steps by Richard Rohr
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Breathing Under Water gave me new insight into my inner spiritual self.  It was valuable to me because I used to feel that I could not follow the 12 Steps without first believing in God.  This book shifted my paradigm to see the light that shines inside of me; the light that guides me.  It is not a book that converts you to believe in God, but one that points out self-evident truths about your spiritual life that are just waiting in plain sight for you to discover – without being required to accept or reject a god as a higher power.

Why Honest People Shoplift or Commit Other Acts of Theft by Will Cupchik, PH. D
This book is very helpful for those who want to understand more about their addiction to stealing.  This is also a great book for the families and friends of those who steal, as it provides a clinical framework for those who have trouble understanding why their loved one just won’t stop stealing.

Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weil
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Dr. Weil offers an array of scientifically proven strategies from Eastern and Western psychology to counteract low mood and enhance contentment, comfort, resilience, serenity, and emotional balance. Drawn from psychotherapy, mindfulness training, Buddhist psychology, nutritional science, and more, these strategies include body-oriented therapies to support emotional wellness, techniques for managing stress and anxiety and changing mental habits that keep us stuck in negative patterns, and advice on developing a spiritual dimension in our lives. Lastly, Dr. Weil presents an eight-week program that can be customized according to specific needs, with short and long-term advice on nutrition, exercise, supplements, environment, lifestyle, and much more.

Whether you are struggling with depression or simply want to feel happier, Dr. Weil’s revolutionary approach will shift the paradigm of emotional health and help you achieve greater contentment in your life.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
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The Seven Habits book may not sound like it relates to the problem of compulsive stealing, but it definitely is.  You will learn a new way to look at and structure your life.  You will come to understand that you are responsible for your life, and it provides a path to a new understanding of the power you hold within yourself.  It will help you to tap the power to control the things you can change, serenity to accept the things you cannot change – and provide a systematic wisdom to know the difference.  (Adapted from the Serenity Prayer)

The Myth of Stress: Where Stress Really Comes from and How to Live a Happier and Healthier Life
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Where does stress come from? For more than half a century, we’ve been told it comes from ‘adverse external influences’, that it’s a by-product of our ancestors’ fight-or-flight response, and that because life on earth has changed radically, stress is inevitable today. All of this, according to Andrew Bernstein, is wrong.

In The Myth of Stress, he shows you exactly why it’s wrong. He takes readers back to the 1930s, pointing out a fundamental error in how the stress concept was initially formulated, and how this mistaken formula has resulted in people relying on inefficient tools such as relaxation and positive thinking. Bernstein then reveals the truth about where stress comes from and introduces a 7-step process that transforms common challenges – including relationships, money, success, weight loss, heartbreak, uncertainty, interpersonal conflict and the loss of a loved one. The Myth of Stress offers a complete re-education in the nature of negative emotions, training readers in how to transform any issue – at home, at school, at work – in order to live happier, healthier lives.

Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw
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Shame is the motivator behind our toxic behaviors: the compulsion, co-dependency, addiction, and drive to super-achieve that breaks down the family and destroys personal lives. It limits the development of self-esteem and causes anxiety and depression, and limits our ability to be connected in relationships.  This book has helped millions identify their personal shame, understand the underlying reasons for it, address these root causes, and release themselves from the shame that binds them to their past failures.

Today’s Gift By Anonymous, Hazelden
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This is a book to pick up every day and find a good thought to shift your outlook to a higher level.  There is an entry for every day of the year.  You don’t have to buy the book, however.  You can read a daily meditation from several categories – all free online.  Just click on the link above and look in the left column of the page to see entries specific to women, men and other general selections.

Other books on shoplifting addiction will be added to this site in the future. If you would like to recommend a book to be listed here, please submit it through my contact form.