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12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery: Avoiding Relapse through Self-Awareness and Right Action Paperback – February 15, 2008

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1 edition (February 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592854869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592854868
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allen Berger, Ph.D., is the Chief Clinical Officer of Cumberland Heights in Nashville, TN. He has more than 36 years of clinical experience at all levels of care in the treatment of chemical dependency. Dr. Berger has authored several professional publications and his most recent book is Love Secrets – Revealed.



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Very easy read.
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Read all the books you can get your hands on - this is a good one!
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I read the entire book in one setting.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Barbara S. Reeves on July 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
In research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, tests using PET scans of addict's brains demonstrate that once addiction has been established, the addict's brain physically changes, possibly forever. These changes make it difficult for an addict to learn from their experiences. Psychological processes, such as denial, and neuro-psychological processes, such as state-dependent learning, interfere with the addict's ability to retain the needed information necessary to break the bonds of addiction. This is one key trait that all addicts share - they don't "learn their lesson." This is why it's also said in twelve step groups that there is no mental defense against addiction; a fit spiritual condition is our only hope. Allen Berger has written "12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery" to help us stay in fit spiritual condition.

The 12 stupid things are:

1) Believing addiction to one substance is the only problem.
2) Believing sobriety will fix everything.
3) Pursuing recovery with less energy than pursuing addiction.
4) Being selectively honest.
5) Feeling special and unique.
6) Not making amends.
7) Using the program to become perfect.
8) Confusing self-concern with selfishness.
9) Playing futile self-improvement games.
10) Not getting help for relationship troubles.
11) Believing that life should be easy.
12) Using the program to handle everything.

Once we get the monkey off our backs, emotional sobriety is the next step in recovery. Because drugs and alcohol suppress emotions, addicts don't develop the emotional maturity necessary to learn from life experiences.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By John E. Derry on March 24, 2009
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Relapse prevention is an often overlooked aspect of recovery. The alcoholic /addict in early sobriety is excited to be clean and sober, often riding the so-called 'pink cloud'. This almost euphoric feeling can instill an over confidence and exuberance that may cause the addict to fail to recognize early signs of relapse. Without such awareness and hence preventative measures, relapse can creep up on the individual. By the time the signs are clearly evident, the relapse is in full effect. Relapse happens long before the drug, drink or behavior is picked up or acted upon.
Regardless of what stage of recovery you are in, this book can give you an awareness that might just save your life.

John Derry,
Director,A Home Away, Addiction Recovery Retreat
Kelowna, BC, Canada
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Angela Pugh on February 1, 2011
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Hope you enjoy the review...but I really hope you enjoy the book! It was a joy to read! You can learn more about me at addicted-to-recovery.com
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Janetzke on May 4, 2008
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A well-written, user friendly book that allows both individuals who are new in recovery or who have been in recovery for years to focus on the issues that are truly important in recovery. Dr. Berger interlaces his own personal recovery experiences with the wisdom that he has gained as a clinician over many years and created a book that is sure to provide hope to many in recovery. Overall, an excellent book for individuals in recovery and for clinicians who seek to understand their clients more fully.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Phyllll on June 20, 2011
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I have been in a Twelve Step Program for more than thirty years and this is one of the best books I have read about relapse...It has answered many unanswered questions in a direct and easy to understand manner...It is very enjoyable reading...not like a textbook. I have learned some valuable things about this addict.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 12, 2008
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To grow in recovery, emotional growth is key - which means facing up to defeatist attitudes and understanding how sobriety is placed at risk. Common beliefs can easily sabotage recovery: Allen Berger provides tools with insights on how change happens and how a daily program can help tailor and direct change to avoid messing up the recovery process. Any library catering to addicts needs this.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Suffering ~ A Path of Awakening by Shellee Rae on January 3, 2010
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I tried for years to go-it-alone. Getting sober is easy, to stay sober, support is key. Read all the books you can get your hands on - this is a good one!

Get to a 12-step support group. 12 years ago, that is what finally helped me to get clean and sober...and stay clean and sober.

Blessings on your journey!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Pompey on March 25, 2008
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This is a very helpful book for anyone at any stage in their recovery. It is easy to understand. It gives another way to look at an old problem "How to maintain recovery". As someone who has worked in the field of addiction medicine for over 30 years I would recommend this book.
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