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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Power Press (September 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943015448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943015446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...excellent book. I heartily recommend it to all, especially to those who have friends who have addictions. -- William House, Reversespins.com

This is an excellent resource for anyone dealing with addictions or trying to understand their life. -- Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul and 101 Exercises for the Soul

This thought-provoking book causes any reader to closely examine their life. -- Natural Beauty & Health

From the Back Cover

Breakthrough 3-Step Program from the World-Renowned Passages Addiction Cure Center

The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure contains the three-step holistic program to total recovery that is the basis of the miraculous success of Passages. In this revolutionary book, you will learn:

  • The three steps to permanent sobriety
  • The four causes of dependency
  • How to create a personalized, holistic treatment program to completely cure your dependency
  • How your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs are key factors in your recovery
  • How to stimulate your body's self-healing potential to be forever free of dependency

"Freedom from dependency starts with understanding that alcohol, drugs, and addictive behaviors are not the real problems," says Chris Prentiss, cofounder of Passages Addiction Cure Center. "Alcohol, street drugs, nicotine, prescription medications, food bingeing, gambling, and the like are merely the substances or behaviors you or your loved ones are using to cope with the real problems--anything from deep emotional pain, ill health, or depression to hypoglycemia, a sluggish thyroid, or brain-wave pattern imbalances. Once the underlying problems are discovered and cured, the need for drugs, alcohol, or addictive behavior will disappear--along with the craving."

Prentiss should know. His son Pax was addicted to heroin, cocaine, and alcohol for ten years. They sought help everywhere, but Pax relapsed again and again. In desperation, they finally created their own holistic, hand-tailored program that was a complete break from all other programs and that combined several effective therapies. It saved Pax's life. Together, father and son founded Passages Addiction Cure Center to help others find their own freedom.

For decades, we've been hearing that alcoholism and addiction are incurable diseases, but The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure proves that this is a dangerous myth and that the label of "alcoholic" or "addict" destroys the promise of full recovery. Today, thousands are being freed from the old, limiting paradigms by using the groundbreaking approach spelled out in this book. A visionary and an innovator, Chris Prentiss brings new hope to people everywhere who are dependent on drugs, alcohol, or addictive behaviors.

The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure will show you how to end relapse, end your craving, end addictive behavior, and end your suffering.


More About the Author

Chris Prentiss the author of several popular works on personal growth, including "Zen and the Art of Happiness," "The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure," "Be Who You Want, Have What You Want," "The Little Book of Secrets;" and "The I Ching: The Book of Answers." He is the cofounder of the world-renowned Passages Addiction Cure Centers. He has also written, produced, and directed a feature film.

Customer Reviews

This book is vital for anyone who is struggling with alcoholism or addiction or has a loved one who is.
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Having a family member dependent on alcohol, I became interested in Chris Prentiss book "The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure".
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And if you're seriously desperate and have the dough... You just may believe them enough to get "better".
William Hazen

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322 of 340 people found the following review helpful By J. Moran on June 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
The story that the son, Pax, wrote about his addiction and recovery was great. It rang brutally true. I was into the book and ready to see how they could translate their $50,000/month Malibu treatment plan to the masses. The answer? They can't. They recommend hiring a western medical doctor, a clinical pyschologist, a massage therapist, a nutrionist, an acupuncturist, a hypnotist, and a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine as the minimum "holistic treatment team". They recommend going to clinical pyschologist at least 3 times/week. During a question/answer part of the book, it was asked "What if I can't afford all of this?" The answer? Ask to be treated for free. Tell them that they'd be part of a "Passages model team".

Okay...

My HMO pays for 10 counseling sessions per year with a social worker. And the copay for that is $40 per visit. Somehow I don't think I'm going to be able to assemble this psychological dream team without a load of cash and a lot of free time.

Oh, and what should you do if your dream team doesn't live in your small town? MOVE to a big city (just for a month).

I'm not a big fan of AA and their dogmatic religiosity, but at least they're free and close by!
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178 of 190 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Do not expect too much help with your addiction from reading this book. While there were some worthwhile, warmed over insights this book is essentially a lengthy promotion for their in-patient recovery program costing tens of thousands of dollars. There is nothing in the book that helps you get unhooked from your addiction without their clinic and/or a myriad of experts trained in their methodology. If you visit their web site they have quite an array of goods for sale to "assist" in your recovery. This is a product mill, for sure. Lot's of promise, no delivery.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Ken R. Allen on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a 300+ page advertisement for the author's treatment center.
Few if any could afford to hire the staff they recommend to complete the program
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mona Lisa on April 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I suspect that this book will resonate for some people and not others. If it resonates for someone, then I think that's great. One takes help where one finds it.

For me, though, this book reads like new-agey warmed over 12 step, plus vitamins, acupuncture and massage. I don't see any basis for Passage's claims of being the most successful treatment program in the US; it looks to me as if they do the same thing that 12 step rehabs do--they measure their success by counting only the clients who are successful. You can come up with a great number when you say "it works for all the people it works for." What I want to know is if a person walks in the front door, how likely is it that person is sober a couple of years later? But they never tell you THAT number!

I also have to say that I was not terribly moved by all the angst-riddled material about Pax Prentiss's addiction. It's not that I don't think his situation was horrible, it's just that it's not unique. Every one of us who has been addicted or has had an addicted family member knows the drill, knows how bad it gets and how frustrating it is, and it gets old. If I wanted to hear a drunkalog I could go to an AA meeting and hear one any day of the week...C'mon.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful By C. Adams on March 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a Licensed Psychologist with expertise in Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. I am not bias in any way for or against the book. However, it is not very scientific and sound. The author makes very contradictory statements. He allows his son, Pax, to write about when he was in the throes of his addiction. Pax's 10 years of active addiction underscores that it is a disease and that you are powerless without intervention. The author goes on to say that addiction is not a "brain" disease. But, his son's behavior said otherwise. In addition, the author acknowledges that one cannot drink or drug again, once "cured." How does this differ from addiction being a disease? Semantics? The author doesn't believe in the saying," once an addict, always an addict." However, the notion that once you've been addicted, you cannot use the drug or substance again, implies the same thing.

I agree that underlying issues maintain addictions. I am a proponent of Dual Diagnosis. However, that does not negate the fact that once the individual has crossed over to addiction, the brain has been altered (for most, permanently). The recovery process should consist of symptom reduction as well as exploration of underlying issues.

I did not find this book to be research based or helpful. Maybe for a layman, unfamiliar with the field of substance abuse or mental health, this book could be found innovative and useful. The most interesting chapter was Pax's chapter as he underscored the "disease of addiction."
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Weyuker on February 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
How can you "cure" what is NOT a disease?!? I tried holistic, psychological, religious and "behavior mod" attempts to get sober for 8 years!!! They nearly killed me! Until I accepted that I could not accurately and consistently predict the outcome of any "drinking episode" (ie I am powerless...) I continued to attempt to control my drinking. Accepting my condition enabled me to begin to deal with it effectively. I have 22 years sober! This is a fancy book to sell a $50,000.00 a month TREATMENT program that is NOT based on the latest research! Do not be fooled by good marketing, hype and drummed up controversy!
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