Books That Made a Difference to Ashley Judd

The actor, human rights activist, and author finds fiction and nonfiction both enlightening and healing.
How Al-Alon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics
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How Al-Alon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics

388 pages; Al-Anon Family Groups
"Ah, this is a lifesaving book," Ashley Judd says about the guide millions have used to survive their loved ones' dysfunctions. "It was revolutionary for me, because my life was affected by another person's drinking. I have a very strong sense of identification with what I read here, and most important, I have an enormous amount of gratitude and respect for having been shown a practical plan of action. I learned how to put the focus on myself when recovering from the effects of the family disease of alcoholism. Because of this book, I can today practice loving self-care, spiritually, emotionally, physically."
— As told to Sara Nelson