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Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism Paperback – April 4, 2000
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The main point the authors make is that alcoholism is a disease that anyone who has the susceptible internal chemistry can get, be he saint or sinner, tower of strength or shriveling weakling. It doesn't make any difference. Your personality or moral fiber are irrelevant. We tend to think that alcoholics are somehow immoral or possessed of a character flaw. But, as Ketcham, et al., demonstrate here, there is only one flaw that leads to alcoholism, and that flaw is one of internal chemistry and not of character. Furthermore, despite some pollyannaish delusion to the contrary, there is only one cure and this book makes it clear exactly what that cure is.
The updated material presented here (in the main, a greater appreciation of the power of Alcoholics Anonymous, a more in-depth discussion of the relevant chemistry, an elaboration of the spiritual aspects of recovery, an incisive attack on "The Booze Merchants," a clearer inventory of how alcoholics can be diagnosed before the onset of the latter stages of the disease, and a delineation of how recovery can be achieved) make this a very superior book and for the most part a worthy update. However these additions also make Beyond the Influence less accessible than UTI, which was more direct, and was smaller and weighed less. This last may seem a minor point, but I could pocket the old book while the new one needs to go into my backpack.Read more ›
People are different, authors claim and prove in great detail. Some 10 to 15% of us have a gene, which creates different enzymes within our system, which in turn make highly addictive chemicals while processing the ingested alcohol within our bodies. Human brain is uncapable to resist the craving for alcohol, caused by those chamicals, which are never produced by the bodies of non-alcoholics. Therefore, alcoholics are not more guilty of having alcoholism, as cancer patients are guilty of having cancer, or diabetics being ill with diabetis.
The only solution to the disease of alcoholism is professional, medical treatment, followed by warm and sensitive care of the family, support groups, and society. Punishment, consisting of creation of severe stress, humiliation and application of strong mental and spiritual pain won't work, only making condition worse. Much worse! Primitive and superficial psychological counseling won't work, either. Only complex, modern, professional treatment will.
Great reading for anyone affected by or interested in the disease of alcoholism.Read more ›
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This book brought tears to my eyes. Anyone who suffers from the insidious disease of alcoholism, or knows someone else's struggles, MUST read this book!!!Published 7 months ago by connie
I am nurse who just moved to New Mexico. Most of my patients are Native Americans who suffer from alcoholism and withdrawal. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kara
Everyone wanting to know the causes of Alcoholism should read this book. I have purchased several copies and have passed them on to acquaintances who also thought the book was... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Binadaoc
Purchased the book for my husband and he has told me it has really helped him better understand his drinking problems.Published 14 months ago by Heather Stevens