Author(s): TOMPKINS M
Most people who hoard do not think there is anything wrong with their impulses, nor do they fully understand the extent of their problem. This book is not for them. Digging Out is for the concerned and frustrated friends and family members of hoarders, whose ongoing struggles to guide their loved ones to a healthier way of life are too often met with resistance and hostility. In Digging Out, you will find a complete guide to helping your loved one with a hoarding problem live safely and comfortably in his or her home or apartment. Included are realistic harm reduction strategies that you can use to help your loved one manage health and safety hazards, avoid eviction, and motivate him or her to make long-term lifestyle changes. You'll learn how to handle a roommate or spouse with a hoarding problem, identify and work through special considerations that may arise when the person who hoards is frail and elderly, and receive guidance for healing strained relationships between people who hoard and their friends and family. People who hoard may always insist on living in clutter, but with this book as a guide, you can help your loved one live more comfortably and safely, salvage your damaged relationship, and restore your peace of mind.