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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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The Addiction Solution is a must-read for anyone battling alcoholism or another drug addiction, whether they are the addict or the affected family member.” —Danny Kopels, CADC II, ICADC, certified alcohol and drug counselor
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

DAVID KIPPER, MD, is the cofounder of the Medical Group of Beverly Hills and has treated addictive disorders for more than 20 years. He has appeared on the Today show and contributes to The Huffington Post. He lives in Los Angeles.

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292915
  • ASIN: B0062GKMJ0
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,439,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A refreshingly logical approach to treating addiction. The idea that you do not choose which drugs you will be addicted to, but rather that drugs choose you based on deficiencies in your own neurochemical make up is spot on and takes the issue to it's source when looking for treatment. Dr. Kipper provides lucid examples and a very clear and compassionate approach which I think has the potential to completely reconsider how we view and treat addiction. Highest recommendation.
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The Addiction Solution is compassionate, cutting-edge, backed by science AND it is a great read!

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.
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Set forth in a very reader-friendly fashion (including charts and the highly useful "Ask the Doctor" sections throughout the book), "The Addiction Solution" offers a sensible - and personalized - recovery plan, aimed at smashing the cycle of relapse. This book is well worth reading!!
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This has numerous faults. Working on the principle that a review should be shorter than the book, I will confine myself mainly to general issues.

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.
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Dr. David Kipper and Steven Whitney have achieved the almost impossible goal of authoring a book on a very complex medical topic yet providing us with an extremely "readable" publication. For this reason the wake-up call contained within the book will reach not just medical professionals, but the audience that really needs to hear the message that addiction is not simply a behavioral problem - it is a combination of both predetermined genetic influences and the social evolution of the addict! Recognizing that there are two converging origins to addiction reveals the need for a duality in both diagnosis and treatment.

"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.
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