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1.0 out of 5 stars Addicts and Loved One's as Cash-Generating Machines?, October 2, 2009
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This review is from: Healing the Addicted Brain: The Revolutionary, Science-Based Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Program (Paperback)
I expected more from a doctor that has made it his career to "help" alcoholics and addicts.

Throughout the book, the author repetitively tells the reader to access more information and resources at the EnterHealth's (the rehab facility the author is affiliated with) website... of course the author never once mentioned that to access that information and those resources would cost $95 and rapidly escalate up for telephone support (and given the track record, that access will probably point the reader to residential rehab at EnterHealth's facility). Most sales brochures are free, but this one puts the addict and family back about $11.

Also, the climax of this book seems to be the author's fascination with Vivitrol (injectible naltrexone). Author (page 73): "Vivitrol is the breakthrough medicine that will revolutionize the treatment of alcoholism." Wow. In its page-after-page of glowing review the author fails to mention any real downside. Such as throughout a randomized trial of Vivitrol craving persisted (leaving patients to struggle over obsessive thoughts and addictive craving that carry the risk of relapse and death) and there was no progressive decrease in heavy drinking days after the end of the trial. [Source: "Naltrexone treatment for alcohol dependency," Journal of the American Medical Association 294(8) (August 24/31, 2005): 899-900] And, those with liver issues should not take Vivitrol, ... a problem for a certain percentage of people that are alcoholic. That the author doesn't even mention some fascinating research into other medications, such as Baclofen -- a generic no less, shows either bias or ignorance of current trends in research and thought.

I was trying to look for some positive information from the book to make this review seem more balanced, but all such information can be retrieved elsewhere (other contemporary addiction recovery books or online).

Unnecessarily taking money from people struggling with alcoholism or addiction should be considered unethical.

NOTE: the glowing quotes under 'review' and 'product description' above are from a Dr. Larry Hanselka, an affiliate of the author and conducts business in the office of the author's Urschel Recovery Science Institute ([...]). BUYER BEWARE.
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Initial post: Jun 24, 2010 8:06:59 AM PDT
Thanks for your review. I thought I was interested in the book because of the title. I am disgusted that a physician would take advantage of struggling lives. Ethics aren't what they used to be. I will not buy the book.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 8:59:22 PM PDT
Chris says:
Thanks for your review. I've been in recovery for a couple of years now and saw the book on The Real World and wanted to buy it. They probably paid The Real World to have the book sitting there for advertisement!!!!

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 7:02:14 AM PST
L. Berger says:
So now that this guy and his book were featured on "Dr. Phil", I suppose lots of people will rush out and buy it. Glad I read this review first.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 1:38:15 PM PDT
deborah tasa says:
Thanks for your review I have a Daughter in prson due to her addiction to drugs and was thing of buying the book for her! But she does have liver problems and the last thing she needs are meds that could make it worse! And I like alot of others did see it on Dr. Phil and was about to rush out and buy it because I am desperate to find a way to help her!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2011 11:09:45 PM PDT
Rainy Gaia says:
Sorry about Your daughter ...I know our pain, take Care! Oh this doesn't say much for Dr. Phil either

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 7:11:24 AM PDT
Wondering if there's a book that you would recommend given your fluency with the subject?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2011 5:44:20 PM PDT
Rainy Gaia says:
Going to a 12 step meeting is very
informative and there are so many
great books out there and there
Isn't many tricks to recovery but
willingness and walking through it.
If every member in the addicts family
would work on their character defects
That WOULD help them immensely, really.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel~
;*)

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 1:26:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2011 1:32:33 AM PDT
Bravo for you! I am a Behaviorist and CENAPS-trained addiction therapist (T. Gorski method) who works with drug and alcohol addictions among other things. I was tempted to buy this book, since it claims to have scientific bases...but checked out the website and concluded it was a scam....then I looked on the review page and found your review...thank-you for telling everyone the truth! (apologies if this review appears twice, an error occurred while I was trying to post)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 12:12:36 PM PDT
S. dewo says:
I also read this book. I disagree with you all. This book is very informative. It is easy to read and tell a lot about the brain and addiction. As far as the website and buying into that. You don't have to if you don't want too, it is not forcing you to do so. Just a suggestion. There is a lot of useful worksheets and some, most of these can be downloaded at the website. It is just giving you a alternative if need be. Jeeesh. For the 10-15 dollars you spend on the book it is worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 9:58:42 AM PDT
Eric says:
For the 10-15 dollars, I'll find a book on addiction recovery that isn't an unapologetic con job for their expensive rehab facility.
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