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The Addiction Solution: Unraveling the Mysteries of Addiction through Cutting-Edge Brain Science Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 9, 2010
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About the Author
STEVEN WHITNEY has published five books. He coauthored the international bestseller, It’s Your Body: A Woman’s Guide to Gynecology, which was translated into 17 languages. His thriller, Singled Out, was a national bestseller.
Top Customer Reviews
In Part Three: Case Studies Dr. Kipper and Steve Whitney invite all of us to "go ahead---put on an imaginary white coat. Observe each of these "patients" and...look for early clues that lead to our diagnosis and successful treatment." Then the authors lead you on a fascinating medical journey into the lives and treatment of several addict profiles.
The diagrams and Kipper's practical, down-to-earth voice easily convey the role brain chemistry and neurotransmitters play in addiction. My favorite part of all is Your Addiction Prediction. Every one should take this simple test to find out which neurotransmitter is most likely out of balance based on your (or your patient's) symptoms and family history.
The Addiction Solution is chock full of interesting stories and useful information. In the Ask A Doctor sidebars Dr. Kipper answers intriguing questions like: Why does a lottery winner become an addict after winning a million dollars? and Do dietary and holistic approaches to addiction actually work?
I'm a registered nurse and I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from addiction and for all health care providers, friends and family members who want to help someone beat this disease.
Kipper and Whitney walk with confidence where geneticists and neuroscientists would fear to tread! Their central notion is simply stated at the beginning of the book: Addiction originates in brain chemistry, is determined by genetics and is triggered by stress. Each of these assertions is problematic.
Consider genetics - or, more correctly, genes. Very early in the piece they state clearly "... genetic predisposition does not translate to inevitability." (p. 7) and "No one has discovered any single gene for addiction." (p. 11.) Yet they repeat the assertion on numerous occasions that addiction is determined by genetics. No, it isn't. Certainly there appears to be a certain genetic predisposition towards addiction for some people, but, this does not translate to "determined" by any means. Given that we are genetic organisms, if you look hard and long enough, you will find genes that influence pretty well everything. That which accounts for everything, really explains nothing. More to the point, however, it doesn't make a lick of sense to talk about genes in the absence of environment. Environmental influences can "switch on," or "switch off" genes. And behaviour is a huge part of environment. It has become rather fashionable nowadays to discount the idea that consciousness and intentionality have any importance in human conduct and long-term consequences. I am not saying here that anyone sets out to become addicted, they don't, but long experience has shown me that many, if not most people who set themselves on the road to addiction do so because they enjoy the experience of intoxication and seek to repeat it as often as possible.Read more ›
"Dual Diagnosis" is the central theme of The Addiction Solution. It IS the solution as it motivates the health care professional to identify both the behavioral and genetic origins of the addiction. As earlier mentioned, the text is eminently readable therefore the addict and all others in their sphere, such as family and caregivers, can recognize that addicts are not simply "behaving badly," they were dealt a bad genetic hand from birth and need assistance from a variety of treatments to restore a controlled normalcy in their lives. Fundamentally individual brain chemistry must be brought into balance AND behavior must be modified. Without intervention in both, addicts are delivered into an endless cycle of relapse, associated guilt, and the dangerous lack of self-esteem originating from perceived failure.
As readers delve into each chapter, they are introduced to the fundamentals of brain chemistry and how it works. The neurotransmitters and their associated receptors are in very complex balance, constantly exchanging the base chemicals of serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're in AA or know someone who is--GET THIS BOOK. Everyone needs to understand the science behind this disease and be aware of new solutions in treatment coming out of the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by A Petit
This is an over simplification of the very complex problem of addiction and does not represent a realistic approach to dealing with the problem as it presents in most well... Read morePublished 13 months ago by blue sky
I did really like this book. Well written and great scientific information. I have a few things that i don't agree with, but overall very informative and insightful. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jennifer Kenney
I am in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction this book has been very helpful in explaining the disease of addiction! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Patricia Munoz
The most up-to-date work on the complex challenge of addiction. Very practical and useable guide.Published 23 months ago by wayne kramer
Well, I admit that I expected a little bit more of "the addiction solution" and how to develop treatments in this book... However, it is concise... like my review...Published on November 10, 2012 by Edgar
The so-called medical approach to addiction has been shown to be a red herring many times, and here we go again with this book. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Fort Lauderdale