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In addiction, a person with a substance use disorder undergoes a negative change in thinking and behavioral patterns. A person’s character is overthrown by addictive thinking: displacement, projection, shame, and hypersensitivity are addiction’s survival mechanisms. With Addictive Thinking, both addicts and loved ones familiarize themselves with these addictive signatures and more, and begin the fight for recovery.
With more than 200,000 copies of Addictive Thinking sold worldwide, the eminent Abraham Twerski, M.D., outlines the destructive and terrifying illogic that marries a person with a substance use disorder to his addiction. “Stinking thinking” and irrational thought are byproducts of addiction and they only worsen with time. Twerski, with a deep psychological understanding, steps in to explain and contextualize all of the actions that arise from addictive thinking.
It might be easier to point at abnormal behavior from an addict and simply think, “there she goes again.” But there is reason and consistency underneath the pandemonium. If nothing is learned, if nothing is done, an addict’s rock bottom will continue to sink. By educating oneself about the addictive illogic and its reasoning, one will understand why the person behaves as she does and how everyone in her life becomes controlled by addiction. Then control can be taken back.
Extraordinary wisdom to help you understand yourself, lead your life, and deal with other people.
As human beings, we have instincts for both good and evil, conscious and unconscious. To rectify ourselvesto live spiritually and properlyinvolves getting a handle on these impulses.
from the Introduction
In this special book of practical wisdom, Dr. Abraham J. Twerski draws from his extensive professional experience as a psychiatrist and spiritual counselor, a life-long student of Jewish wisdom texts, and his personal experience as a son of a wise Chassidic rabbi to give us practical lessons for life that we can put to day-to-day use in dealing with ourselves and others.
In a presentation as warm and witty as it is profound, Dr. Twerski combines lively anecdotes, personal musings, and insights and wisdom from sources ranging from Freud to the great Talmudic and Torah scholars throughout the ages. And with deep compassion and refreshing candor, he shows how these wisdom teachings can guide us in all moments of our lives, whatever our faith tradition.
Being happy depends on becoming a complete person— spirituality is the path that leads you to wholeness.
“To become complete human beings, to find happiness, we need to develop our human spirits to the fullest. This is what it means to be spiritual: to be the best we can be; to exercise all the qualities and traits that are unique to humankind and that give us the identity as human beings. This spirituality is an integral component of being human, and we cannot have true and enduring happiness without it.”
For many of us, the journey toward personal and spiritual fulfillment is fraught with unexplained feelings of emptiness in the struggle to reach what seems an elusive and murky goal. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Using simple, accessible language and clear examples, this wellspring of wisdom shows you that true happiness is attainable once you stop looking outside yourself for the source and realize that it can be found within you. You will identify the unique abilities that comprise your human spirit—such as gratitude, humility, compassion, and generosity—and explore how to use them in ways that will not only remove your feelings of incompleteness, but also allow you to experience happiness in an invigorating and spiritually refreshing way.
Based on ancient wisdom and modern psychology, the thoughtful, heartfelt anecdotes and inspiring, easy-to-follow exercises will carry you beyond your present state of discontent and open for you an entirely new path toward becoming the best you you can possibly be.
Do you have to be religious to be spiritual? Can you have a spiritual life and not believe in God?
These and other profound questions are explored by Dr. Twerski in I'd Like To Call For Help But I Don't Know the Number: The Search for the Spirituality in Everyday Life. He shows us how to open ourselves up to the deeper aspects of our lives that are often obscured by concerns about success and material wealth.
True spiritual discovery, Dr. Twerski suggests, involves more than overcoming selfishness or dependency; it also requires a journey of self-improvement, character development, and respect for others. Inspired by the Alcoholics Anonymous groups he encountered in his clinical practice, Dr. Twerski outlines a twelve-step program for spiritual growth through self-awareness, service, and self-management. He illustrates his program throughout with true success stories he has witnessed over the years.
"Abe Twerski provides us with an understanding of our spiritual side . . . It's like a conversation with a warm and trusted friend." - Betty Ford
Much is made of spirituality these days-in recovery and in the culture at large-but what, exactly, does spirituality mean? Is it something different to different people? How is it discovered, nurtured, expressed? And, perhaps most important, why does it matter? To the thicket of questions surrounding the subject, this book brings a clear vision and a thoughtful approach that will help us find our way to the very heart of spirituality. Writing simply and directly, Abraham Twerski shows how spirituality-independent of religion-is central to emotional and mental health, and is a key to being truly and profoundly human. Founder and medical director of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Abraham J. Twerski is a rabbi, psychiatrist, chemical dependency counselor, and the author of many books, including Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception.
Providing a religious lens on the topic, this book directly addresses the problem of spousal abuse in the Jewish community, in hopes of confronting the truth and taking definitive steps to end this violation of all that Judaism stands for. A leading rabbi and psychiatrist reveals with striking candor, firmness, and compassion what may have been closely kept dark secrets in many Jewish families and offers urgently needed advice and direction. Rabbi Twerski's book was one of the first titles to break open the issue, and this new edition relates the recognition of abuse, the warning signs, and how to respond.
Like drug, alcohol and spouse abuse, we have been too slow in acknowledging the problem of compulsive gambling in the jewish community!
It is crucial that we come to grips with the reality of the problem. Lives are being destroyed, families are being ruined and too few of us recognize compulsive gambling for the disease it is and for the disaster it spawns. Like undiagnosed cancer, compulsive gambling that is ignored or covered up can only progress. Once we accept that there is no immunity from it or from its terrible consequences, we can take steps to forestall the tragedy that will surely come!
Rabbi twerski tells us that early detection can prevent catastrophe, but only if we are willing to face reality.
Finally - a book which explains compulsive gambling, tells you how it can be recognized and indicates what can be done about it. Real people. Real cases. Real help.
Diets don't work. The pounds may slide off, but for too many dieters, once the food scales and calorie counters have been put away, the weight returns. Dr. Abraham Twerski, a specialist in addictive behavior, shows that it is not lack of willpower that leads to overeating but an absence of self-esteem. To develop healthy eating habits, a person must first develop a strong sense of self.
With his characteristic upbeat style, Dr. Twerski explains:
-The seemingly illogical compulsion of overeating and its connection to low self-esteem
-The origins and evolutions of low self-esteem and how to identify common problems of a negative self-image
-How to rely on yourself, instead of food, in times of stress, anger, and fear
-How to deal with friends and family members who may contribute to and unhealthy self-image and eating habits
-How to find the courage to change the life-long habits and where to get outside help in the form of therapy and support groups
With Dr. Twerski's straightforward and honest approach, losing weight is redefined as gaining a sense of self and banishing diets forever.
A single negative message in our childhood can carry a lifetime sentence. Unfortunately, many people experienced barrage after barrage of negative messages while growing up. These messages can morph into what author Thomas Gagliano calls, "The warden, an oppressive bully who sat on my shoulder for years."
Mr. Gagliano and Dr. Abraham Twerski inspire readers to silence this inner voice of self-doubt and fear and begin living proactive, satisfying lives. Moving past addictive acting out depends on right action and right thinking. With candor and humility, the atuhors show readers how to work an honest recovery program and break the cycle of negative thinking and addictive acting out.
A powerful amalgam of Hasidic rebbe and physician-psychiatrist, Twerski lets us in on what he has learned over the years from plumbers, salmon, Charles Schulz, junkies, alcoholics and psychotics. Sherlock Holmes, his father and mother, prisoners and even the Milwaukee Braves have played important roles in what Dr. Twerski has become and what he has to offer his patients and devotees.
In a book which is different from anything he has ever written, Dr. Twerski presents an astonishingly personal, candid and revealing account of his journey from pulpit rabbi to therapist.
FROM PULPIT TO COUCH is filled with humor and lightness of spirit and yet is heavy with meaning and inspiration. Twerski offers a truly unique definition of spirituality together with an insightful analysis of addiction and chemical abuse.
Rabbi Abe has done it again! And to my mind and spirit, done it better than ever. This book will gently teach the young the wisdom of the ages and open the minds of the elders among us to wisdom of everyday life. . .
Ernest Kurtz, Ph.D., author of The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning and Not God –A History of Alcoholics Anonymous
A rare book that touches and teaches at the same time. . .I highly recommend FROM PULPIT TO COUCH to everyone who is interested in recovery, improving their self-esteem and embracing their spirituality. And I recommend it to all the therapists who are trying to help.
Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D., Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute; author of Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul
Avvalendosi delle strisce disegnate da Charles M. Schulz, Abraham J. Twerski ci guida alla ricerca del modo migliore di affrontare la vita e le sue innumerevoli complicazioni. Perché i Peanuts®, oltre a divertire da decenni generazioni di lettori, mettono in scena importanti dinamiche psicologiche in maniera così semplice e immediata da dissimulare l'efficacia del loro impatto. La saggezza e il buon senso di fondo che permeano le loro storie sono ciò di cui spesso abbiamo bisogno per vedere noi stessi sotto una nuova luce e trovare il modo migliore per affrontare gli alti e i bassi della vita. Sempre, naturalmente, con il sorriso sulle labbra.