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Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
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From an addict's perspective:

This is not a book for frivolous quitting attemps. If you're serious about getting rid of your addiction (instead of exchanging it with another one) or want to understand/help/cope with an addict friend, partner, spouse - than go for it.

The book helps you understand the very core, the psyche of addictions (how and exactly when they take control of your actions, behavior and mood) and urges you to focus on your own intellectual strategy of preventing/managing cravings, instead of concentrating solely on the physical addiction itself and/or the moment of using (which both are actually relatively treatable in contrast to the severe psychological dependence).

It's a great guide to manage your relationships with your spouse, children, friends and other loved ones, helps you pose a true, honest and supportive explanation about your problems, so that they will try to understand and help you, instead of worrying about - and worse - diverging from you. It also features a brief academic guide for your medical supervision to implement this method into your own treatment plan.

I have been an addict for many years now and tried almost every possible way to get rid of my addiction, without any lasting success.

Since I know now - thanks to Doctor Lance M. Dodes and his book - what triggers my emotions and self destruction at that very moment of overwhelming helplessness, I was able to cast my own recovery plan just based on my own experience and instincts, which has been the best solution to resolve my addictive behaviors yet.

I've learned in recent years not to be too confident on conclusions regarding my addiction, so I will not say, that I have already fully recovered by now, but it has been the longest I stayed completely clean since I started using (this time without any medical support). I am feeling great about my life and myself today and hope to never look back.

I carry this audio book every where with me on my iPod, chapter 3 keeps me alive and kicking!

Clearly a recommendation:

I would recommend this book to anyone, who urgently is in need of changing something in his or her life for the better for good. This is a new, critical and no-nonsense approach for an addiction-free life for yourself and your environment.

No judging, no cliches, no prejustice and no silly contradictions - just get the core and you'll bring the rest yourself.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
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Having read and been enormously helped by Dr. Dodes's first book, "The Heart of Addiction," I pre-ordered his new one and was excited to receive it on my Kindle this morning (love new technology!). I've spent the better part of today reading it start to finish, and I'm just blown away. To be blunt, this is the best book about addiction I've ever read, and I've read more than I can possibly count. For those who don't know who he is, Dr. Dodes is a highly respected Harvard psychiatrist who has developed a new approach to treating addiction over the last 20 years. It's an approach that successfully does what so many approaches fail to do at all: explain the kinds of psychological conflicts that lie at the heart of and "drive" all of our addictions. Dodes puts addicts in a position of strength (addicts are NOT weaker than anyone else) and allows them to start controlling their behavior in a way that they couldn't have before. This book lays out step by step and very clearly--with lots of case examples--how to finally break an addiction. I know it might sound a little dramatic, but if you're an addict, this book may very well change your life.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
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I have never written an Amazon review before, but I feel moved to spread the word about this book. Some ideas are too important not to share. Dr. Dodes is onto something really important here: his ideas about how addiction works are the kind of major breakthrough everyone should know about.

This new book expands on Dodes's earlier ideas and turns them into action items. He explains the complete process that takes normal impulses and turns them inward into addictive acts. What makes his approach unique is that you start and end from a position of strength, and as a helpful bonus, you actually come to understand yourself better throughout the process. One of his most important points is that addiction is actually a healthy response to feelings of helplessness -- one which unfortunately gets twisted into something terrible.

Dodes is an engaging writer, and his endless case studies and examples just make addiction make sense. If you have an addiction, or know someone who does, do yourself a big favor and read this book. It will amaze you.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2011
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Dr. Dodes intimately understands the powerful and unconscious forces behind repetive relapse and addictive behavior and writes in a clear narrative that is without jargon or pretense. I have read literally 100s of titles on addiction and recovery and this book is on my top 5 list of humane, helpful and well written volumes.
I have worked with persons suffering with addictions for 25 + years and I have often shared Dr. Dodes first book, "The Heart of Addiction" with clients who wnat to break the cycle of sufferinga nd are deeply frustrated by their own 'acting out' despite a great desire to change. What makes "Breaking Addiction" such a wonderful book is that it is written directly to the person struggling and gives simple, descriptive and senstive narratives about real clients to illustrate every point.

I now routinely give "Breaking Addiction" to my clients and find that they gain so much by reading it. Their therapy literally leaps forward after reading it and thay feel empowered to find their own answers and truth if they apply the thoughtful principles.

Highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
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This book really resonated with me. I've been struggling with a pornography addiction for years and I was making headway but I just didn't seem to find any understanding to how I could really practice a more enduring and lasting strategy. The book hit the nail right on the head in that I act out as a result of feelings of helplessness. I would have panic attacks afterwards from my shame and really be enraged at my circumstance. The issue is that my main trigger is my father who speaks very aggressively and harshly to me. I am not financially independent yet and so I become entrenched in feelings of helplessness. The point is, I wasn't able to see my behaviour with this much clarity before, it's wonderful to be able to understand in a really clear way the mechanics of triggers. Then Lance show you how you can find short term behaviours to engage in instead to regain your sense of power. It's a lovey book and will really help you pull yourself out of addiction very crisply.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2012
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This book was EXREMELY helpful to me. I read it because I've been addicted to a person. Don't laugh!! The withdrawal is absolutely agonizing. Anyhoo....this book unpacked the whole phenomenon of addiction for me and, in doing so, furnished me with greater understanding of how I got into this situation. Best of all it gave me some insight into how to recover.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2011
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Highly readable and inalterably hopeful, Dr. Lance Dodes' prescription for tackling addiction goes to the heart of the matter, to an individual's underlying emotional struggle and ensuing sense of helplessness that seeks relief in destructive behaviors. Dr. Dodes counsels self-awareness as the key to breaking addiction. In story after story of his patients' cases, he exemplifies and persuasively brings home his point. For patients, their family members, and for therapists, he offers a step-by-step strategy to a positive conclusion. Like many, I have friends with addictions and am extremely grateful for this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
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I read his earlier book first and it caused me to check out his newer second book with the 7 steps toward breaking addiction. I have friends and family with addiction problems and never really understood that element of helplessness that these people experience in their addictions. It was definitely a new way for me to look at how they "re-direct" their frustration in what has to be an incredible mental and emotional prison in which they find themselves. My purpose in reading the two books was to learn how to be supportive of those close to me without judging them and to see what the author has learned in dealing with these wide and varied addictions....that there are productive ways with which to deal with these invisible chains. It was hopeful to read his studies and about others who have worked on ways to get that control back in their lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
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Breaking Addiction gives real world examples to illustrate the common driver of addictive behavior. The book helps to explain that addiction is not the result of moral weakness or organic brain disease; rather, emotional despair drives the addiction. Once the source of the addict's emotional despair is determined, the person with addiction can identify the key moment and choose direct action to avoid the feelings of helplessness that cause them to turn to alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc. This book gives hope for sustainable recovery for anyone with an addiction and spouses, parents, siblings, and children of anyone with an addiction. Dr. Dodes provides concrete steps that can be taken to counter addictive behavior. This book would be especially helpful where the person with an addiction has been resistant to the 12-step porgram or other treatments.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
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I have read a great deal of addiction literature, but this is the first place
I read about the repetitive interior feelings of helplessness that provoke
the addictive response. Many insights.
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