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Willpower's Not Enough: Recovering from Addictions of Every Kind Paperback – September 26, 1990
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About the Author
Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of Recovery Options (www.recoveryoptions.us), a private addiction treatment practice located in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. An internationally recognized addiction psychologist and book author, Dr. Washton has developed an directed several well-known substance abuse treatment programs and has served as consultant to professional sports teams, government agencies, and major corporations.
Top Customer Reviews
That's the whole paradox of addiction - when we started using, drugs and alcohol offered us freedom from pain, worry and trouble. But in the end, they only created more of what we were trying to escape.
Washton and Boundy compare addiction to a bad marriage with five stages: infatuation, honeymoon, betrayal, on the rocks, and trapped. When the addict reaches the trapped stage and finally decides to quit, he attempts to use willpower and self-control. But it doesn't work because he will continue to suffer from the emotional pain that made him use in the first place. It's like he's removed a band-aid to expose a nasty, suppurating wound that won't heal on its own. Eventually he'll put the band-aid back on because he can't, or won't, see the real issue. Drugs are not the problem; the emotional pain is!
"Willpower's Not Enough" looks at the microcosm of addiction - the person - as well as the macrocosm - society. Something is wrong with our country when, at five percent of the world's population, we consume sixty percent of the world's illicit drugs. Our society has created the perfect culture for addiction to thrive, and we are in denial about it. Even Hillary Clinton, when discussing the Mexican drug wars at our border, acknowledged that we need to figure out why our country has such a huge appetite for drugs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is amazing - I didn't expect to have a such deep inside into the matter, especially, given it is a 25 years old book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ruslan Iskhakov
There is little factual information here and even less practical advice. Instead there is lots of useless social criticism and equally useless hobby-psychology concepts like... Read morePublished 7 months ago by StoneTrouble
I love it. This is the best book I have read on addictions. I have just finished it and I am reading for the second time. Already got to the 20% of the book today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gustavo Sosa
For those who believed addiction is a matter of will, they need to read this book. Along with those who don't believe they have an addiction.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this book because I have an addict in my life. Came highly recommended for issues all around.Published 10 months ago by Diana Lynn Reich