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Posted October 26, 2006
Knowledgable and interesting.
I recently read this book in three days. I felt the book was very informative as a professional in the field of addiction and recovery. My-self being a recovered alcoholic the stories were believable and made a lot of sense. A must read for all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2004
Long Overdue--And Worthy--Perspective From the Other Side of the Treatment Fence
I thoroughly enjoyed this book--started it in the morning and finished mid-afternoon. Everything else I have read is from my own perspective--that of a recovering alcoholic/addict. It was enlightening to hear from someone who chose a profession based on helping people like me. It's refreshing too, to hear a treater openly discuss his own liabilities and his efforts to overcome them--in this case, co-dependency. Still, it's clear in his story that his lack of personal experience in living with the disease of addiction, and the extraordinary effort and work required to treat and manage it, puts him at a distinct disadvantage. This comes through in his befuddlement at patients who 'don't get it' when they relapse. Also, in recounting a conversation with one patient, he commits the grievous error of saying to her 'I know you feel very frightened right now,' (or whatever the emotion was). Any addiction treatment professional (in fact, anyone who is even the least bit enlightened), would never presume to tell another person what they are feeling. I hope Dr. Pinsky has since learned the error in this, because he otherwise comes across as a very compassionate and capable doctor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.