Kenneth M. Adams, Ph.D. psychotherapist, supervisor, author of Silently Seduced: When Parents Make Their Children Partners

"In her new book, Sanja Rozman integrates the themes of Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom. She brings together all the three qualities in her work as a psychotherapist, medical doctor, and writer.
Driven by the energy of her own recovery, she has transformed her personal experience into therapeutic wisdom that has helped recover many of her clients.

Whether you are looking for help for your own addictions or for someone you love, or you are a professional in the field of addiction, or you are just conscious of the world our children grow up in, this book will teach you about the difficult but necessary path of human growth through adversity."



Dora Pal,  professional leader of programs Project Man, a non-governmental program for recovering drug addicts,  family therapist and social worker, about Workbook Serenity


In Project Man, while we work with drug addicts, we have to consider process addictions as well as substance addictions. People exist in relationships, and early experiences of unsafe childhood attachment patterns certainly adversely affect their lives and the choices they make later on. Substances and behaviors are abused to escape from the painful feelings such life creates, and frequent long-term abuse may lead to addiction.


Sanja Rozman speaks about different types of addictions in all her works. Me and my fellow therapists in Project Man have found in her book Serenity all the answers we needed for our work, the “state of the art” explanations and yet written in simple language. In our therapeutic community, we work with those addicts who are determined to change their lives for the better. We have found that, once the people abstain from their compulsive behaviors, their traumatic stories that used to have been hidden in the background, start to emerge. To medicate the emptiness and withdrawal they feel while abstaining from their drug of choice, our clients may resort to different unhealthy behaviors like fantasizing, masturbation, complicated relationships, sex, sports and overeating. They do not think these behaviors could jeopardize their sobriety, but they must learn that it may happen. They need to understand the dangers of the potential attraction of process addictions. Serenity arguments the case gently but quite unequivocally.

Our clients use the Workbook Serenity in their recovery assignments, and by doing the exercises the book suggests, they are slowly and certainly led on the way out of their addiction. Most of our clients find it hard to accept that by abstaining from the substances, as hard as it may be, they have solved only a smaller part of the problems their addiction had created. Sometimes they may feel as though we are adding to their problems. But working through the books Serenity and Workbook Serenity helps them realize that there is only one addiction with so many faces, and that there is the same dynamic in the background of all their temptations. These two books have become indispensable basic tools or our work.



Vesna Zunic, editor of woman's magazine Viva


The title is encouraging, and so is the contents. Encouraging, but heartbreaking. But this should not deter you from reading; the violence that Sanja's client Mia had been put through and is described in the book, is happening among us, here and now, to the child you meet on your way to work, to the girl sitting in your classroom, to the boy chasing the ball on the neighbor’s courtyard … For Mia is just one of the 400 000 victims of physical, psychical or sexual abuse in Slovenia who are now grown up and suffer the consequences of trauma.

In their attempts to ease their suffering and to find sense in the violence, the victims turn to the behaviors that in the beginning make sense, but later become dysfunctional. The consequences of trauma are indulgence in the behaviors that bring relief: drinking, drug abuse, eating disorders,

Some victims may find relief in the acting out of the abuse upon other children or in self-abusive behavior. Shame, stigma and other consequences of abuse are not only an individual problem, but a great, although secret, societal problem.