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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Revised edition (October 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449002594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449002599
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In recent decades, many of those studying alcoholism have come to see it as a disease, rather than as a character flaw or a failure of will. And yet, alcoholism is most often treated through counseling. Joan Mathews Larson and her colleagues at the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, discovered a series of nutritional deficiencies in alcoholics, and found that with proper dietary adjustments, they could help almost three-quarters of their patients kick the bottle for good. Seven Weeks to Sobriety is the updated version of the less interestingly titled Alcoholism--The Biochemical Connection, which was published in 1992.

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"Comprehensive, rational and personal. It suppplies much of what is missing in traditional approaches to alcoholic rehabilitation. I believe that this book can save lives."
Leo Galland, M.D.
Open this book and you will embark on a groundbreaking seven-week journey that will change your life. You will learn how to break your addiction to alcohol and end your cravings--and do it under your own power. Here, step-by-step, is a proven, seven-week program developed by Dr. Joan Matthews Larson at the innovative Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, that subdues your body's addictive chemistry and puts you on the path to full recovery.

Customer Reviews

In addition to the vitamins/minerals recommended in the book, I am also taking SAM-e from Costco.
ssmith
Of course I've "felt better" without the vodka, but the chance of feeling even better gives me more reason to stay sober, and hope for being sucessful in my recovery.
D Thrasher
Larsons book opens many possibilities for AA and others to explore, and takes James Millam's book "Under The Influence" to a new level.
"sorryrat"

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158 of 161 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
Alcohol was a major annoyance in my life, but I had never succeeded in quitting for more than a few weeks at a time. I just didn't consider that it was actually feasible. I just thought I couldn't give up my precious wine because I was some sort of morally defective type who didn't try hard enough.
Twelve Step approaches were, for me, religiously heavy-handed and downright offensive. I had encountered too many True Believers whose grasp on sobriety seemed desperately dependent on endless commiserating and the weird veneration of helplessness. (By the way, the statistics on AA's "success rate" is one of the great eye-openers of Larson's book and worth the reading alone.) If "90 meetings in 90 days" and bumper-sticker slogans haven't meant much success for you, maybe there are good, practical, physical reasons.
Dr. Larson has uncovered a vital link between addiction and chemical deficiencies. The clear discussions of various types of alcoholic intolerance was precise and reassuring. Best of all, my own "cure" went practically unnoticed until one day I just didn't want to put wine in my mouth anymore. This happened less than a month after I began taking a carefully researched regimen of vitamins, amino acids and other suppliements that are the keystone to nutritional recovery. At first, I thought it was a fluke, but 13 months later, I still have no desire for even the best wines or any other liquor.
This book was recommended to me by a knowledge-able, trusted naturopathic physician who keeps a supply of the book an hand. We are both delighted that Joan Larson has written a book that was nothing less than an act of Grace for me.
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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful By "sorryrat" on August 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have often wondered what we as AA have to offer a detoxing newcomer other than "let go and let God", only to watch them get drunk before the night is over. Then we sit back and say "he isn't ready" or "she can't get honest". Larsons book opens many possibilities for AA and others to explore, and takes James Millam's book "Under The Influence" to a new level. I believe the conventional treatment industry and AA is going to be slow to try a new approach, even with thier dismal success rates, but Larson may have opened the door a little wider. This book is definatly worth a read, if at the very least, only to educate yourself as to some of the physical aspects of alcoholism, and at the very most, a working sobriety and knowledge to share with others. The only criticism I have is some of her dubious statistics, and her failure to offer sources for many of her nutrients other than her facility. I imagine that a practicing alcoholic could get frustrated going store to store trying to collect the numerous supplements, and a simple guide would go a long way in helping someone find these things. I hope that future authors will take the idea further. Perhaps it is time we began to take the treatment of alcoholism out of the 1930's.
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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2003
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I learned about this book when I attended my first Alanon meeting. My husband had just come off another binge and I was at my end. He agreed to stop drinking to save our marriage and began attending AA meetings, but it wasn't enough. He'd stopped drinking before and always returned to it eventually. He needed a different solution. So, I purchased this book and we both sat down and read it. I didn't order the vitamins through their treatment center, but found everything we needed through Puritan's Pride There are A LOT of vitamins to swallow, but it's worth it. We learned that there are different types of alcoholism and that there is a chemical imbalance that causes the cravings and mood swings. By replacing what your body is missing, you can eliminate all of these things. If you are skeptical, try it and you'll be convinced. My husband was skeptical and now he's been sober, HAPPY, free from depression and mood swings, and has NO DESIRE TO DRINK for 6 months now. These changes began happening overnight. As soon as he introduced the right chemicals (through the vitamins) into his system, he began to feel "normal". I more than recommend this book, I insist on its importance to the health and well-being of anyone that wants/needs to quit drinking. So often it's the emotional side-effects of quitting drinking that drives the drinker back to their old ways - depression, anxiety, mood swings, anger, frustration, etc. Quitting drinking is not enough to save a marriage, as we found. You have to fix the emotional side as well. By fixing the WHOLE PROBLEM, we've saved our marriage and our family. Thank you to the developers of this system and the authors of this book. I will forever be grateful for what this book has done for our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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189 of 209 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1999
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First, to be fair, this book together with Audrey Kischline's book on Moderation Management and others, has helped me stop after years of heavy, consistent drinking. I was able to take the complicated regimen of various dietary supplements proposed in the book and reduce it to a simple twice-daily dose, based on a multivitamin pack, amino acid tablets, Glutamine powder and Melatonin. This has led to a diminished desire for alcohol, BUT...Sorry folks, will-power and attitude are still the most important aspects in making any change to your life, including drinking.
The debate concerning the role of nutrition and alcohol rages on. Based on a considerable amount of reading, I believe that alcoholism is much more than a simple question of changing diet and taking supplements, although proper nutrition plays an important role in reducing cravings for alcohol. Clearly the nutrition-only approach works for some people, however. Larson's book provides a program of amino acid and vitamin supplements which she claims has a success rate of 74%. If you examine the claim more closely you find it is based on only 100 sample cases from her clinic, and worse yet, buried not-so-subtly in the text is a "buy my mega-package of pills" pitch that turned me off completely. The daily recipe includes Tryptophan, a questionable supplement at best. Extensive reading and my own experience has lead me to believe that the most essential "non-vitamin" elements in this program are Glutamine and Melatonin. Larson fails to prioritize the importance to each supplement to the overall program, thus giving the impression that each of the 11 elements are equally important.
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