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Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction Paperback – November 1, 1996
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For someone with authority issues, (I have found common on people with alcohol problems), this was the last thing I needed.
Then there are the slogans. I felt an AA "Dictionary" should be made available to those of us who didn't know all these, because most people spoke their entire "sharing stories" sprinkled with them.
I admit at first I felt mad at the world so I attributed this to why I felt so angry. I am sure that was part of it.
But as time went on and my drinking became a real problem I got real serious about finding a way to stop.
I am not against AA for everyone but for me it wasn't working, even when I tried all the exercises.
I especially balked at the forth step, where I was supposed to recount all my wrong doings I had done while drinking, and THEN report these to someone else. This to me is like beating a dead horse--most people, I would say ALL who have crossed the line from social to addictive drinking, KNOW full and well what they have done and have beat themselves up over it time and again.
In fact-- that is, why in my opinion, so many return to booze, or whatever took them away from this pain--to forget how bad they messed up. And so the cycle goes on.
I had stopped going to AA when I was critized for bringing up an idea that was not sanctioned by AA--that was not part of the very limtited view of the "Big Book". I was looking for somewhere to turn and found the book, "Why Alcoholics Anonymous Failed Me".Read more ›
I finally walked to my favorite bookstore downtown San Francisco one Monday morning after yet another pitiful Sunday of hangover recovery. Tired of feeling unable to control my binge drinking and the irresponsible behavior that fell out from it, I located (with some assistance from a man at the information desk) the section on Addictions. He not only walked me to the section, which was pretty good sized, but also recommended Rational Recovery when I described my need to understand addiction.
Not only does the book describe it in great detail, but also describes what it takes to control it. After reading, I feel hope for a better future without alcohol. I have learned that the trigger will always come on to binge drink with that first drink and so abstinence will be my only option. I have done some mental rehearsing and visualization on how to manage social situations and have already put them into practice once. It felt good to be in a group of drinking people and to realize I had no desire to drink.
I know that there will be challenges ahead but I know "it" and know "it's" voice very well. "It" will never be as strong as I am.
So simply and without much fanfare, I humbly offer my gratitude to Rational Recovery for giving me hope.
Go ahead, squander your life away in AA. Or get a life with Rational Recovery. The choice is yours (and contrary to the beliefs of the 12-steppers, you *do* have a choice of whether or not to abstain from alcohol for life.)
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I have not taken a drink of alcohol for 7 years after using this method. No doubt the "one star" AAers will bleat I was never an "alcoholic" Good, I hope they think... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book uses simple techniques, that when recognized, allow you to cognitively control your addiction. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas Edmondson
This is my first book review, and I'm 48 years old. This book helped me quit smoking. The book is geared towards alcoholism, but, in my eyes, an addiction is an addiction. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Purchasing for a couple friends as this amazing book effortlessly got me, and has kept me sober since 2004 without a single AA cult meeting/revival.Published 8 months ago by Mark Vincent