A readable, informative, and balanced overview of...how problem drinkers might go about getting effective help. -- Frederick Rotgers, Psy.D., Assistant Chief Psychologist, Smithers Alcoholism Treatment and Training Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY
From the Back Cover
Over 50 Million Americans Struggle with Alcohol. Is Total Abstinence the Only Answer?
Chances are, you or someone you love has a drinking problem. Most of us think the only solution is the twelve-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. We readily accept that alcoholism is a disease and that the only path leading to a lasting recovery is quitting cold turkey. But what if this conventional wisdom is wrong?
Now Heather Ogilvie shows that there really are Alternatives to Abstinence in this groundbreaking book. This balanced and unbiased look at our current methods for treating problem drinkers will open your eyes to a world of treatment options beyond AA.
Alternatives to Abstinence will show you:
Why current attitudes toward alcoholism stem more from "folk" theories than from scientific evidence.
How expanding treatment options will lead to greater overall recovery rates.
How decades of well-established research contradict popular beliefs about the nature of alcoholism as an irreversible disease.
and give you:
Descriptions of twelve alternative treatment options that are at least as effective as twelve-step programs.
A comprehensive listing of public and private organizations, as well as individual therapists, specializing in alternative or traditional treatments.
Finally, Americans will be able to discuss and treat problem drinking without the misinformation that has plagued us in the past. If AA has not worked for you, there are Alternatives to Abstinence.