Self Awareness, Healing, and Recovery


12 Step Meeting Locations

Co-Dependents Anonymous Meeting Locations


Chemical Dependency Treatment Services

MPI Treatment Services
Comprehensive residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment program.

Summit Medical Center
3012 Summit Street, Oakland
(510) 652-7000

Bayside Marin
Comprehensive residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment program.

718 4th Street, San Rafael
(888) 484-1042

The Meadows

Intensive treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, sexual addictions, depression, psychological conditions, affective disorders and compulsive behaviors.
(800) 632-3697


Chemical Dependency Books

• The Recovery Book: A Life Saving Guide that Answers all the Questions and Concerns of Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts – Al Mooney, M.D.,
• The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path
– Christina Grof
• How to Quit Drinking Without AA: A Complete Self Help Guide – Jerry Dorsman
• Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs -Darryl Inaba
• Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy – Cynthia Kuhn
• Staying Sober: A Guide for Relapse Prevention – Terence Gorski


Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives
– Pia Mellody (
Breaking Free: A Recovery Handbook for Facing Codependence – Pia Mellody (
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself – Melody Beattie
Codependent No More: Beyond Codependency – Melody Beattie
Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love – Pia Mellody (
Women Who Love Too Much – Robin Norwood
Co-Dependents Anonymous Information and Meetings:

Balancing Brain Chemistry

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness
~ Daniel G. Amen M.D.

Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain’s Maximum Potential
~ Daniel G. Amen M.D.

The Mood Cure: The 4 Step Program to Rebalance Your Emotional Chemistry and Rediscover Your Natural Sense of Well-Being
~ Julia Ross

The Diet Cure: The 8 Step Program To Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Problems and Mood Swings-NOW!
~ Julia Ross

Healthy Eating

Breaking Free from Emotional Eating
– Geneen Roth ( )
Feeding the Hungry Heart: The Experience of Compulsive Eating – Geneen Roth
Why Weight?: A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating – Geneen Roth
When Food Is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating & Intimacy – Geneen Roth

Self Esteem

Radical Acceptance: Awakening the Love That Heals Fear and Shame –
Tara Brach
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate – Cheri Huber
Healing the Shame That Binds You – John Bradshaw ( )
The Self-Esteem Workbook – Glenn R. Schiraldi
The Personal Workbook for Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem –  Marilyn Sorensen

Self Awareness

Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary –  Angeles Arrien (CDs as well)
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes – Strategies for Coping with the Difficult, Painful, and Confusing Times in Your Life, by William Bridges
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal – Jim Loehr
Boundaries and Relationships – Charles Whitfield
The Highly Sensitive Person – Elaine Aron
The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World – Ted Zeff, Elaine N. Aron
Healing The Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families – Charles L. Whitfield
Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child – John Bradshaw
The Hoffman Process: Forgive Your Past, Heal Your Present, and Transform Your Future -Tim Laurence
Adult Children of Alcoholics – Janet Woititz
Lifeskills for Adult Children – Janet Woititz
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Daniel Goleman
How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People – Their Secrets, Their Stories – Rick Foster and Greg Hicks
Suffering Is Optional: Three Keys to Freedom and Joy – Cheri Huber
The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times – Pema Chodron
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times – Pema Chodron


• Family Works (San Rafael)
(415) 492-0720

• Relational Parenting: Raising Healthy Boys and Girls (2 CD set) – Terrence Real, Ph.D. (available from

Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Jon Kabat-Zinn & Myla Kabat-Zinn
Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child – John Gottman
Parenting From the Inside Out – Daniel Siegel M.D.

Touchpoints The Essential Reference: Your Child’s Emotional And Behavioral Development, by T. Berry Brazelton MD
Touchpoints – Birth to Three, and Touchpoints – Three to Six,
by T. Berry Brazelton MD
(The first five years by developmental stages, with glimpses into the inner life of your child, and inner lives as parents.)
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by William Sears MD and Martha Sears
The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by William Sears MD and Martha Sears
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age 5, by Steven Shelov MD
Your Baby & Child: From Birth to Age Five, by Penelope Leach

Siblings without rivalry: How to Help your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too, by Adele Faber
The Secret of Parenting: How to Be in Charge of Today’s Kids–from Toddlers to Preteens–Without Threats or Punishment – Anthony E. Wolf
The Shelter of Each Other – Mary Pipher Ph.D.
Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers – Michael Riera, Ph.D.
Parents, Teens, and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line – Jane Bluestein, Ph.D.
Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager – Anthony E. Wolf
It’s not fair, Jeremy Spencer’s parents let him stay up all night!: A Guide to the Tougher Parts of Parenting – Anthony E. Wolf
What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Daughters – Lynda Madaras
What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons – Lynda Madaras
When Anger Hurts Your Kids: A Parent’s Guide – Patrick Fanning
How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce: Kids’ Advice to Kids – Gayle Kimball
It Pays to Talk: How to Have the Essential Conversations with Your Family About Money and Investing – Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children – Neale Godfrey
Money Still Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Teenagers and Young Adults – Neale Godfrey


Whistle Stop
Serving Marin’s seniors and People with
Disablilities for over 50 years with programs, resources, nutrition, and transportation.

Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center (click on name)
For residents of the six county San Francisco Bay Area, FCA serves as a point of entry to specialized caregiver services: information, emotional support, consultation on care planning, links to community programs, legal/financial consultation, respite services, counseling, publications and educational programs. All services are free or low cost. Call (800) 445-8106.

Family Caregiver Alliance
A wide array of services and publications based on caregiver needs and offers programs at local, state, and national levels. Often described as a “one-stop shopping center for caregivers.”
A Place for Mom
A free resource and referral service dedicated to helping families through the overwhelming task of finding safe, affordable – and wonderful – senior care for their loved ones. Elder Care Advisors assist families in their search for nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted living, and other senior care options.

Nursing Home Compare
Detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.

The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
– Angeles Arrien
Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying – Ram Dass

Abundance and Money

The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment
– Maria Nemeth Ph.D.
Note: This book has excellent self awareness exercises such as…
“Your Money Autobiography” – pg. 55
“Your Standards of Integrity” – pg. 68
“Your Life’s Intentions – A Treasure Hunt” – pg. 79
“Exercises for Creating Your Goals” – pg. 91
“Treasure Map Exercise – Mapping Your Goal” – pg. 99
“Forgiveness Exercise” – pg. 210
“Taking Care of Business – An Inventory” – pg. 228
“Getting Support for Your Hero’s Journey” – pg. 277

It Pays to Talk: How to Have the Essential Conversations with Your Family About Money and Investing – Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams (based on Creating Affluence) – Deepak Chopra

Creating Affluence: The A-To-Z Steps to a Richer Life – Deepak Chopra

The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying – Suze Orman

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children – Neale Godfrey

Money Still Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Teenagers and Young Adults – Neale Godfrey

Consumer Credit Counseling Services of the East Bay

Psychology of Money Coaching: Dan Clurman, M.A. is a life coach specializing in psychology of money issues. For a description of his coaching go to

Sustainable Living

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Survival – Headwaters Outdoor School

Astrological Services

Greg Bogart, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Astrological counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Berkeley area.

James Jarvis, M.A.
Astrologer, transpersonal counselor, and life coach
(866) 454-8199
Santa Cruz area.

Jacqueline Lasahn
Intuitive Astrologer and Ritualist
(510) 234-4455
Berkeley area.