Books by Avis Rumney



My Addicted Child: Codependency, Enabling and the Road to Recovery, 2015
By Larry Fritzlan & Avis Rumney

”Larry Fritzlan and Avis Rumney have written an important book which makes a powerful case for parent involvement in addiction treatment. It will be helpful to countless families. Bravo!”
-STEPHANIE BROWN, PhD., Co-author, The Alcoholic Family in Recovery.

“A child’s addiction can devastate the entire family. Everyone involved can and must change, and the sooner parents take action, the better. This powerful book … lays out a hopeful pathway to profound healing.”
-KATY BUTLER, author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.

“Gives hope to those caught in the grasp of this systemic disease…offers light to the dark road that many families find themselves traveling.” -BRAD REEDY, Ph.D., Co-owner, Evoke Therapy Programs and author of The Journey of the Heroic Parent.



Dying to Please: Anorexia, Treatment and Recovery, 2nd ed., 2009
By Avis Rumney

Avis Rumney, LMFT, draws upon extensive research and over 25 years of personal and professional experience in sharing her perspective on this devastating disorder. An essential resource for families and healthcare professionals, this insightful and comprehensive book can help you understand:

  • The complex causes of anorexia nervosa
  • The anorexic’s paradox of starvation in quest of survival
  • The essential components of effective treatment
  • The variety of therapeutic options
  • Where to turn for resources and help

"From reading this book, I developed a new perspective and deeper understanding of eating disorders." -  G.R., mother of anorexic teenager, San Francisco, California.


Tips for Mothers of Daughters with Eating Disorders, 2011
By Avis Rumney

This booklet is a useful resource which has been welcomed by mothers  who have a child with an eating disorder. Avis Rumney, LMFT and Eating Disorder Specialist, shares practical suggestions for handling some of the most challenging issues that mothers face when their daughters develop an eating disorder. Topics addressed include:

  • What kind of professional help to seek for your daughter
  • What to say — and not say — to her, especially about food, weight or appearance
  • How to manage the pain you experience as a result of your daughter’s eating disorder
  • What your daughter needs most from you
  • How you can support your daughter during food-centered holidays

Mothers can help themselves, and better understand and more comfortably interact with their eating disordered daughters, with the information and suggestions provided in Tips.

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Taming the Food Monster Within, 2010

By Avis Rumney

This booklet, in the form of a multi-stanza poem, speaks with compassion to the angst of eating sanely in a world surrounded by food and reminders of food. It offers suggestions for those who struggle to find peace in their relationship with food.

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