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In this straightforward self-help guide, psychologist and addiction therapist Peele (The Truth about Addiction and Recovery) argues that, contrary to popular belief, the best way to overcome addiction is not through treatment in rehab centers or in formal groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, but rather through self-efficacy and self-reliance. "Successful therapies," he writes, "place the responsibility for changing your addictive behavior on you." Citing statistics from numerous studies, such as one that looked at heroin-addicted American soldiers in the Vietnam War, Peele points out that people quit addictions every day without any professional assistance. In fact, he says, research shows that alcoholics who do not enter treatment programs are more likely to quit abusing alcohol than those who do enter treatment. (Groups such as AA, Peele says, endorse themselves by telling members that there is no recovery without their programs, and so when members believe that they cannot successfully beat their addictions alone, they quickly relapse once they stop attending meetings.) Emphasizing a persons own sense of responsibility as the driving force behind overcoming addiction, Peeles book outlines seven tools that can serve as a foundation for successful recoveryValues, Motivation, Rewards, Resources, Support, a Mature Identity and Higher Goalsand includes exercises to help readers design their own program. The ultimate goal: to replace the "immature gratifications" of addiction with a "fulfilling, meaningful life" that includes a strong support structure. Peele tells readers that they have the power to create their own world of health and responsibility. His message will no doubt anger the countless Americans who have been helped by AA and other treatment programs, but could prove useful to those reluctant to seek outside help for their addictions.
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STANTON PEELE, Ph.D., J.D., is the author of the groundbreaking books Love and Addiction, Diseasing of America, and The Truth About Addiction and Recovery. An adjunct professor at the New York University School of Social Work and a senior fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, he has won the Mark Keller Award from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies and the lifetime scholarship award from the Drug Policy Alliance. Visit his website at www.peele.net.
Dr Stanton's approach to addiction recovery is "cutting edge" His focus on self forgiveness. self kindness and compassion fosters recovery versus defeating recovery. Read morePublished 8 months ago by vicki zollo
The Reviews are accurate. My roommate actually got the book and although it is not a "read in a sitting book", it is a thoughtful book that considers all view points with... Read morePublished 19 months ago by memphisrain
Great book with lots of information and fresh perspectives on addiction. Everyone should read this. It's an easy read but very impactful.Published 21 months ago by Tswj
"7 Tools to Beat Addictioin" is a superb read and comes highly recommended by Aaron T. Beck, the founder and creator of Cognitive Therapy. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Edward J. Thomassen
This is the best tool that I've come across and, thankfully, is not AA based. Stanton's process is supported by hard research out of Stanford University. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by deborah willits
It was very practical. It took approach that one can fix his or her own addiction, which is seemingly
radical in our society. I liked it.
the book was in good condition. Now then, this writing so much is going too far and probably turns people off.Published on January 30, 2013 by estela m pledge