Heart to Heart


Ed Storti’s book, Heart to Heart: The Honorable Approach to Motivational Intervention, is, as he says, kind of a “cookbook” for those wishing to more fully understand the intervention process. What Mr. Storti has done during the course of his decades’ worth of service to the community is establish the Storti method of intervention, one that deals primarily with the “patients” own intellect and emotion with the essential aid of family and friends. Gathering to show support – the “heart to heart” approach – the individual’s family and friends, led by the author, provide a way to indicate to the individual how much he or she is loved and cared about, and that the situation involving the individual’s addictive behavior has reached significant status to warrant assistance. Not an easy concept for the individual to accept.

The book is filled with personal histories and vignettes, illustrating the many different forms of addictive behavior, and the alternatives available to those who wish to help their loved one. Also included is an organizational outline, written in descriptive and easy-to-understand layman’s language, that will educate the reader and instill hope where perhaps none had existed before.





The Betty Ford Center enjoys working with Ed to get those who are chemically addicted into professional treatment.

Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage


This book describes a service of ultimate love for somebody you care about.

Jim Wright, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives


What you do is sacramental.

Martin Sheen, Actor


Ed Storti continues to be on one of recovery’s greatest success stories. His gift of unconditional and nonjudgmental love is, in fact, the gift of life itself.

Paul Williams, Songwriter, Composer, and Actor


I have seen firsthand the effect of a timely and professionally conducted intervention. The benefits to the person who otherwise could not stop abusing alcohol-not to mention that person’s family and friends-are invaluable when the intervention is a success.

Ambassador John Gavin


Ed Storti’s remarkable ability to demonstrate family intervention to UCLA dental students leaves the class spellbound and always results in a request to come back each year.

Robert M. Kransy, D.D.S., M.A., Director of Chemical Dependency Studies, UCLA School of Dentistry


As usual your work was exemplary, and I learned a great deal in the process. I look forward to our working together again.

Garrett O’ Connor, M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA


Ed Storti has developed an intervention model which is highly effective; it is primarily based on positive, caring emotions rather than on consequences and confrontation (“tough love”). I am so enthusiastic about Ed’s model that we have had him demonstrate and teach intervention techniques to both our medical students and our faculty at UCLA for the past five years.

J. Thomas Ungerleider, M.D.Professor of Psychiatry and Presidential appointee on Marijuana and drug abuse

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Weight .8 lbs
Dimensions 8 × .75 × 4 in


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