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Determined to quit? This is your book!
on October 17, 2012
+++ This refers to the audio version of this book +++
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.