A profound yet practical guide to understanding addiction and recovery from an authority on the subject. No social problem today causes greater confusion than addiction. Whatever form it takes — alcohol, heroin, cocaine, nicotine, etc. — it tears apart homes and relationships, destroys careers and futures, and leaves loved ones asking: Why couldn't he stop once and for all? Or "get better"? Or control himself? Despite everything that's been said and written, many people remain deeply confounded about these problems. The addiction-treatment field itself is in a state of civil war because there is no consensus on what addiction is, much less what to do about it. Based on years of hard-won experience by a preeminent specialist in addictive behavior, Thinking Simply About Addiction explains the core truth of addiction: It is not a neurosis, a physical malady, a behavioral choice, or, in the narrowest sense, a moral failure. It is an automatism — an involuntary, non-stoppable behavior that once triggered leaves the addict powerless. It is a human problem and a part of human nature. As such, it is something that we all experience. In four to-the-point chapters, Thinking Simply About Addiction rises above the noise level and provides real-world help and new ways of thinking for addicts and those who care for them. Its insights are so profoundly clear and sensible that many readers will be able to say: Finally, someone gets it.
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This volume deals with the subject of drugs. In recognizing the intimate relationship between subject and reader, this collection of essays weaves together different points of view to make complex issues less intimidating and more accessible. Readers will evaluate such topics as whether addiction is a disease, whether marijuana is harmful, and if teen prescription drug overdoses are increasing. They will consider whether home drug tests are helpful, and why random drug testing in schools is controversial. Essay sources include the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The LGBTQ community is especially vulnerable during times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. This resource offers specific and gay positive advice, information, and help for gay addicts and those who love and care for them. A timely reference that addresses the unique issues of gay men in recovery. Winner of the 2012 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award -- GLBT Category! Gay Men and Substance Abuse fills a tremendous void, serving as a valuable resource for gay men, professionals, concerned partners, friends, and family members in need of solid information and guidance.Whether faced with a traumatic coming out process, caught up in personal struggles with body image, engulfed in the club culture, or navigating a family system that does not accept his sexuality, a gay man struggling with substance abuse or addiction often faces cultural and personal challenges unique to his life experiences. Yet many men and their loved ones in search of help are forced to adjust to a traditional treatment system, or self-help groups that center on heterosexual relationships, and family groups that neglect to include partners or address what can be a uniquely challenging family dynamic.By exploring the social and psychological factors that play into homosexual men's addictions, nationally certified treatment counselor Michael Shelton presents a timely, comprehensive look at best practices in meeting the unique needs of gay men in recovery, offering keen insight on a range of issues, including:such common therapeutic approaches as motivational enhancement therapy and 12 Step strategiessuccessful relapse prevention protocolstools for recovery from co-occurring sexual disordersthe importance of a loved one's role with regard to intervention and supportthe complicated relationship between gay male drug use and sexual behaviorhow to talk knowledgeably, and with care and sensitivityAbout the author Michael Shelton, M.S., C.A.C., is a nationally certified tr
Mindfulness, the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is, is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. Because at the heart of addiction is the fear of painful emotional states, addicts compulsively seek drugs and alcohol to avoid or escape emotional pain. Mindfulness, on the other hand, helps us develop greater acceptance and ease with life’s challenges, as well as greater self-compassion. Here, Dr. Lawrence Peltz, who has worked as an addiction psychiatrist for more than two decades, draws from his clinical experience and on the techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to explain the fundamental dynamics of addiction and the stages of the recovery process, and also gives us specific mindfulness exercises to support recovery.
Learn to Think Critically and Make Better Decisions Addiction professionals make decisions everyday that impact peoples lives. Sometimes these decisions are solid, and sometimes they are the result of flawed thinking, which often results from myths and generalizations that are perpetuated in the field. Thinking flaws are common not just in counselors, but in supervisors, administrators, and presenters, and can lead to potentially negative outcomes both for clients and for programs. In this easy-to-read guide--the first to bring together critical thinking and addiction work--critical thinking expert and addiction professional Dr. Michael J. Taleff offers readers the tools they need to think critically and make better decisions. Readers learn: To evaluate their critical thinking abilities The characteristics of a critical thinking professional What drives bad thinking in addiction work How to recognize and avoid thinking fallacies The ethics and consequences of using critical thinking "Dr. Taleff has provided an insightful analysis of the kinds of thinking errors often made by counselors. The text should be required reading in all areas of health and human services. The concepts and discussion are as valuable to experienced helpers as they are to novices." -Gregory Blevins, Ph.D., Professor, Governors State University
What is addiction? Why do some people become addicted while others do not? Is the addict rational? In this book, Craig Hanson attempts to answer these questions and more. Using insights from the beginnings of philosophy to contemporary behavioral economics, Hanson attempts to assess the variety of ways in which we can and cannot, understand addiction. Special consideration is given to a challenging (and controversial) proposal dubbed “hyperbolic discounting.” Hanson proposes some modifications to the hyperbolic discounting view that permit it to explain not only addiction, but also a variety of psychological maladies, such as self-deception.
Addiction Treatment is an ethnography that compares two types of residential drug-free treatment programs-religious, faith-based programs and science-based, secular programs. Although these programs have originated from significantly different ideological bases, in examining the day-to-day operations of each, Daniel E. Hood concludes that they are far more alike than they are different. Drug-free treatment today, whether in secular or religious form, is little more than a remnant of the temperance movement. It is a warning to stop using drugs. At its best, treatment provides practical advice and support for complete abstinence. At its worst, it demeans users for a form of behavior that is not well understood and threatens death if they do not stop. Hood argues that there is no universal agreement on what addiction is and that drug abuse is little more than a catch-all term of no specific meaning used to condemn behavior that is socially unacceptable. Through extensive participatory observations, intimate life history interviews, and informal conversations with residents and staff, Hood shows how both programs use the same basic techniques of ideological persuasion (mutual witnessing), methods of social control (discourse deprivation), and the same proposed zero tolerance, abstinent lifestyle (Christian living vs. Right living) as they endeavor to transform clients from addicts to citizens or from sinners to disciples.
As crime rates inexorably rose during the tumultuous years of the 1970s, disputes over how to handle the violence sweeping the nation quickly escalated. James Q. Wilson redefined the public debate by offering a brilliant and provocative new argument—that criminal activity is largely rational and shaped by the rewards and penalties it offers—and forever changed the way Americans think about crime. Now with a new foreword by the prominent scholar and best-selling author Charles Murray, this revised edition of Thinking About Crime introduces a new generation of readers to the theories and ideas that have been so influential in shaping the American justice system.
For decades you've been told that addiction is an irreversible disease, a biological force over which you have no control. That defeatist message not only is without scientific foundation, but actually prevents your overcoming addiction. Now, world-renowned addiction expert Stanton Peele demystifies addiction and offers a groundbreaking program that puts at your disposal what does work in treatment and recovery. For four decades, Dr. Peele has challenged our understanding of addiction and recovery. He has developed approaches that break the cycle of addiction and empower us to take control of our lives--including understanding that we are able to direct our own brains to change. In Recover!Dr. Peele's PERFECT Program takes you through the key concepts of mindfulness--that is, your ability to detach from your addictive experience and to see that it is not who you are--combined with the Buddhist idea of loving kindness, or self-acceptance. It's an easily grasped, yet multifaceted program that allows your true self to overcome your addictive urges. Instead of focusing on what's wrong with you, the PERFECT Program will help you discover, embrace, and build your recovery on what's already right about you. Combining the best evidence-based treatments with the mindful use of meditation, Recover!presents a life-transforming philosophy for freeing yourself from addiction forever.
There is a virtual epidemic of addiction in the United States, both traditional addictions to drugs and alcohol but also newer addictions, like sex, gambling, rage, work, and food/eating. Some authorities have labeled addictions the number one mental health problem in America. We are spending millions of dollars annually trying to prevent, understand, and treat this epidemic--and yet by any measure of success we are losing this "war." In this cultural context Dr. Sullender invites us to look again at the spiritually based scheme of the Seven Deadly Sins, which originated at the dawn of Western civilization. He suggests that what our spiritual forebears meant by "deadly" is best captured in the modern concept of "addiction." Based on this thesis, this book explores what is addictive about the sins of pride, envy, anger, greed, gluttony, sloth, and lust, and suggests that these sins are all obsessive, and as such become the mental component in the addictive cycle. Each chapter concludes by offering some spiritual resources, practices, and insights that can help us win the battle against addiction, which is ultimately won or lost on a mental or spiritual plane.
- Author : D.A Berberich, Ph.D.
- Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
- Release Date : 2013-04-16
- Genre : Family & Relationships
- Pages : 159
- ISBN : 9781483616339
There is an epidemic in this country that is wiping out our youth. Drug addiction and mental illness affect youth from every socioeconomic section of society. The dangers of drug use are not limited to overdose. Club drug use has greatly increased the incidence of HIV in the heterosexual adolescent population from unprotected sex. Similarly, suicide is also related to substance abuse and is one of the leading causes of death in adolescent males who suffer from co-occurring disorders. Evidence-based treatment is currently the recommended treatment for individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders, also referred to as co-occurring disorders. Despite this, there are few providers willing to truly work with adolescents who have co-occurring disorders, and all too often, many adolescents fall through the cracks in our health care system. This book examines addiction and psychological theories and their application to the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Basic biological and social factors involved with addiction are also reviewed in a manner to increase understanding of how an integrated system of care should work. Information presented herein is intended to increase understanding of co-occurring disorders for the general public, law enforcement, therapists, counselors, and all health care providers, to better their understanding and ability to reach out to help adolescents with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Integrated treatment involves coordination between drug counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists. This book serves as the foundation for a treatment program designed for young people from low- to middle-income families, many of whom, due to financial limitations, have been effectively excluded from receiving valuable treatment for their co-occurring disorders. Above all else, the thoughts contained in this book are written as an outreach to the very individuals who suffer from co-occurring disorders, to instill hope and renewed reso
The unpredictability and anxiety associated with the coronavirus pandemic can cloud and confuse everybody's thinking. Excuses, self-deception and addictive logic can harm your recovery and relationships. Don't let it. Author Abraham Twerski reveals how self-deceptive thought can undermine self-esteem and threaten the sobriety of a recovering individuals and offers hope to those seeking a healthy and rewarding recovery. Abnormal thinking in addiction was originally recognized by members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who coined the term "stinking thinking." Addictive thinking often appears rational superficially, hence addicts as well as their family members are easily seduced by the attendant--and erroneous--reasoning process it can foster. In Addictive Thinking, author Abraham Twerski reveals how self-deceptive thought can undermine self-esteem and threaten the sobriety of a recovering individual. This timely revision of the original classic includes updated information and research on depression and affective disorders, the relationship between addictive thinking and relapse, and the origins of addictive thought. Ultimately, Addictive Thinking offers hope to those seeking a healthy and rewarding life recovery.
Since diets don't work, and so many people have unhealthy relationships with food, the key to weight loss is not what you put in your mouth-it's what goes on in your mind. Brain-imaging technology has shown that thought patterns driven by willpower can actually change the structure of the brain. Using this scientific basis for her program, Dr. Darcy Buehler has helped hundreds of people lose weight and keep it off. In Think Yourself Thin, Dr. Buehler shows readers how to: - Get the right ideas into your mind, so that your will to lose weight works unwanted urges out of the brain's circuitry - Determine the approaches that are effective at slimming you down individually, while helping you grow as a person on the inside The book includes a 72-minute self-hypnosis audio CD with eight tracks that complement the program in the book.
- Author : Colvin Tonya Nyakundi
- Publisher : Mendon Cottage Books
- Release Date : 2015-02-27
- Genre : Psychology
- Pages : 43
- ISBN : 9781310650802
Table of Contents Introduction What is Shopping Addiction? How Do You Know if You Are a Shopping Addict? How Shopping Addiction is affecting Your Life Negatively What Can You Do to Overcome Addiction to shopping? How to Ensure You Won’t Ever Become a Shopping Addict Again Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction Just like in many other parts of the world, there are millions of people in the United States addicted to shopping. However, very few people know or admit that they have this problem and therefore need help. Addiction to shopping is a universal problem that can affect anybody regardless of their financial status, age, gender or current location. Some people are so much addicted to shopping that they forget their other obligations. When addicted to shopping you could spend huge portions of your income on shopping while ignoring other important financial commitments such as your child’s fees, medical insurance and utility bills. If you are a shopping addict, you don’t need to worry about anything because you can easily stop the addiction after reading this book. Countless people have managed to stop their addiction to shopping by implementing the simple steps in this book. After reading the book, you’ll be in a position to help other people overcome their shopping addiction problem. You also get important tips on how to ensure that you won’t ever become a shopping addict again. Start the process of overcoming your shopping addiction by reading the book “Simple Steps to Help You Overcome Shopping Addiction!!!”
- Author : Lynden Finlay
- Publisher : Accent Press Ltd
- Release Date : 2015-01-08
- Genre : Self-Help
- Pages : 272
- ISBN : 9781783752928
Are you sick and tired of being addicted? Do you want to recover but think the 12-Step programme is not for you because you don’t believe in God? This book presents a new version of the Steps which is simple and do-able by everyone, whether they have a particular faith or not. Research now proves beyond doubt that the 12-Step programme is a way to long-term recovery, so if you are suffering from addiction, or are a GP who knows your addicted patient needs more support than you can provide, this book is for you. Lynden Finlay has over twenty years’ experience both in addictions counselling and personally recovering from addictions herself, working closely with the Twelve Steps programme during that time. Over the years she has seen many residents benefit from this version which has at its heart not a focus on God, but on the healing power of one addict helping another.
This is not one of those "I drank too much, screwed up my life, found God, and now my life is perfect" sorta memoirs. No, no. I found addiction and treatment to be something different than that. Frankly, everything I thought I knew about alcoholism turned out to be wrong.See, I used to get sexually abused when I was a child. What followed was a long descent into self-loathing, loss of faith, manipulation, sexual dysfunction, sexual deviousness, narcissism and finally, substance abuse. I lived as an addict for about four years, employing a "scorched earth" policy towards my own life and everyone's life around me. Needless to say, I soon found myself completely alone; having lost all meaningful relationships and worldly possessions. It was then that I did what most every addict does: I found an AA meeting. Then I almost died. Does that surprise you? It surprised the hell out of me. Alcoholics Anonymous is a world-wide program that has been around since 1935. Their program is so ingrained into the public consciousness that people don't even think about addiction without thinking of AA. The program has simply helped millions of addicts recover. Do you know what else they do? Kill addicts. Yes, it's true-the AA program is so reckless and inadequate that they actually put addicts into the ground. I could have been one of them until I learned another way. As part of this book, I will explore and evaluate the AA principles in the context of my own experiences. This memoir is not a comprehensive look at addiction and treatment. It's more of a comparison between AA (disease model) and the Life Process Program (choice model). I enrolled in both programs. Certainly I am a firm proponent of the choice model of addiction and recovery, and that will be made quite clear throughout the book. While I try to provide a balanced approach between the models, there can be no doubt that I'm aiming for a direct indictment of Alcoholics Anonymous. That program, while effective for some peopl
Critical addiction, a social disease we catch from others, is the underlying cause of all addictions and most social problems. Yet it sweeps our world unnoticedcreating an epidemic of immense proportion and leaving chaos in its wake. The roots of critical addiction are perpetuated through our Inner Critic, who finds fault with others and ourselves. Breaking Free from Critical Addiction clearly explains causes and symptoms of critical addiction. Using the Four Steps to Freedom, it then offers relief from your Inner Critics tyranny. This mental detox prepares you to create a life you enjoy. After all, you cant brew good coffee in a dirty pot! Thats the real secret. Kalie Marinos masterpiece paves the route to dissolve individual and global self-defeating ways with stories, physics, and age-old wisdom set to the tune of inner and external peace. Be prepared for your Inner Critic to be transformed into an Inner Coach with a new set of songs, all in the key of gratitude. Perhaps you are very familiar with your Inner Critic, but the two of you have never been properly introduced. Kalie aptly makes that introduction and then skillfully speaks to both of you throughout this book, inviting you to make peace with the mental roommate that pays no rent and was never really invited to stay in the first place. She invites you both to grab a seat and have a listen. It will change your world and the world of those around you. - Pamela Maliniak
New York Times Bestseller! "New, scientifically-based approaches that recognize the biological basis of addiction have brought major advances in the treatment of addiction. Dr. Urschel is at the forefront of this treatment paradigm." Dr. Larry Hanselka, Psychologist The Proven Scientific Approach to Conquering Addiction and Defeating the Disease Healing the Addicted Brain is a breakthrough work that focuses on treating drug and alcohol addiction as a biological disease—based on the Recovery Science program that has helped thousands of patients defeat their addictions over the past 10 years. It combines the best behavioral addiction treatments with the latest scientific research into brain functions, providing tools and strategies designed to overcome the biological factors that cause addictive behavior along with proven treatments and medications. Using this scientific approach, you will learn to conquer the physical factors that keep people tied to drug and alcohol addiction. The proven fact is addiction is not a moral failing or an issue of not having enough willpower. It is a disease of the brain that can and must be treated like other chronic medical illnesses —such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma—in order to defeat the disease. This revolutionary program can triple the success rate of patients, from 20-30% to 90% There Is Hope. By understanding addiction and using 21st-century breakthroughs, for the first time drug and alcohol addiction can be, and will be, defeated.
World-renowned addiction expert, therapist, and author of the classic Love and Addiction and other titles offers a new program for addicts (and their families), debunking AA/12-step treatment, using evidence-based treatments, CBT, and meditation for lasting recovery and health.