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Overcoming Your Alcohol, Drug & Recovery Habits Paperback – January 5, 2003
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My understanding of DeSena's material however, compels me to comment to those who find DeSena's material mirroring the Rational Recovery system developed by RR founder, Jack Trimpey. Just as similarities exist between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, similarities exist between DeSena's and Trimpey's methodologies. And contrary to those who deem otherwise, DeSena does not claim that all his concepts are his sole creations. Rather, he states that through research, personal experience, and many conversations with those who have independently quit their addictions, he codified these addiction-ending methodologies/techniques and gave them names.
DeSena's name for the substance abuser's addictive self-talk is his metaphorical "The Parasite": "Just one won't hurt," "I gotta have it," "You can a few; just don't drive." In contrast, Trimpey presents his "Beast" as a real entity overshadowing the real you.Read more ›
DeSena has put into words what clearly many "recovering" people think and feel, but are too afraid, embarrassed, scared or intimidated to say: That AA and 12-step programs are NOT the universal answer for everyone when it comes to beating an addiction, or for living thier lives post-addiction. CAC's, therapists, rehabs and the addiction/recovery "experts" are, for the most part, ALL AA "Moonies." It's obvious that those who have found what they believe to be the "spiritual solution" to beating alcoholism/addiction promote it with religious zeal. Rarely are addicted folks offered alternative modes of recovery even when it's blatantly clear that the 12-step "recovery" method is not helping them. I should know, I lived it, or should I say, I endured it for eight grueling years.
Overcoming Your Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Habits has opened my eyes to an array of methods and alternative 12-step programs that the addiction treatment "experts" NEVER offered me. And all these alternatives have great things to offer.Read more ›
Traditional addiction treatment focuses excessively on emotions both during the treatment phase and for dealing with life post addiction. While managing your emotions is important, your emotions are not as unmanageable as most addiction treatment providers and the recovering community would have you believe. In fact Dr. DeSena notes the following in reference to emotions: "Addiction therapists want to analyze your emotional/psychological disturbances.Read more ›
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I never did care for the AA program, and neither does this author. He explains how to beat alcohol without all the AA hype and guilt tripping they want to put you through for the... Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by John Parson
I was looking for an alternative to 12 step for my counseling clients and it seems that at least half the book was about what was wrong with 12 step and it was hard to get to the... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by lotus counseling
AA began with the likes of Frank Buchman who referred to Heinrich Himmler as a pleasant lad. Buchman, head of the Oxford Group (which managed to cleverly change its name to... Read morePublished on February 20, 2007 by Zulu Warrior
Overcoming your Alcohol, Drug, and Recovery Habits is an excellent book. It is thorough, scientifically sound, and effective. Read morePublished on July 15, 2005 by KBM
I have no personal experience with 12-step programs nor do I have dominant addictions (other than book and DVD buying! Read morePublished on December 4, 2004 by Lyn
What a cool book! I was tired, yes, sick and tired of being told I was suffering from an incurable disease: Addiction/Alcoholism. Read morePublished on July 10, 2004
I'm grateful to have found Overcoming Your Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Habits when I did. After enduring a traditional 12-step rehab and subsequent months of AA meetings, I knew... Read morePublished on July 6, 2004 by Ryan Russo
this book is just another in a long string of "AA Sucks" books. interesting that AA is non-profit, and yet this book is for profit. Read morePublished on May 5, 2004 by shooter
As an empowering alternative to AA and 12-step treatment, Overcoming Your Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Habits: An Empowering Alternative to AA and 12-Step Treatment delivers what it... Read morePublished on February 2, 2004 by Joan O'Neal