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Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Excellent plan for life-long abstinence

Through chapter after chapter, Jack Trimpey reinforces his views on the reliability of oneself to overcome their addiction by recognition of the difference between rational thought and irrational suggestion. Although many may not agree with the imagery of having to grap...
Through chapter after chapter, Jack Trimpey reinforces his views on the reliability of oneself to overcome their addiction by recognition of the difference between rational thought and irrational suggestion. Although many may not agree with the imagery of having to grapple and overcome the power of their "beast", or addictive voice, the premise that is simply implied is that everyone has the power and liberty to stop drinking/using through the awareness of their addictive behavior. This is not a moderation plan, but a plan of life-long abstinence. what makes Jack's plan of attack so different from AA or other recovery groups is that he believes that addiction is something that can be "cured" without fanfare, and without a whole lot of maintenance. All the while, he firmly believes that once an addiction has ended, it serves no purpose to view it in the present tense.
Mr. Trimpey has included many tools to end addiction through his Addictive Voice Recognition Technique, and gives several scenarios for individual need and preference. His AVRT is simple, easy to understand and practice, and very logical. Taking responsible for an addict's behavior, good or bad, is up to the addict.
He believes, like AA, that life-long abstinence is the only course to take in order for AVRT to succeed. It may be that the AVRT is mapped for total abstinence, and maybe a reflection of the author's opinions on the consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. So if life-long abstinence is your plan, i would recommend this book and Rational Recovery methods over all others. However, if moderation is your goal, Stanton Peele's "7 Tools To Beat Addiction" is a similar take, but much more liberal and broad-based, to cover several different kinds of addiction, i.e., tobacco, sex, eating, etc., without including imagery that is as animated as AVRT.

posted by 3077762 on February 26, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

good if you don't like AA, and want to never drink

This book would be good if you don't want to go to AA, but still want to give up alcohol forever. The AVRT, as described at the beginning of the book, also is good. However, if you are less than a really bad alcoholic, and want to reduce or moderate your driking, this b...
This book would be good if you don't want to go to AA, but still want to give up alcohol forever. The AVRT, as described at the beginning of the book, also is good. However, if you are less than a really bad alcoholic, and want to reduce or moderate your driking, this book is not for you. The book, while the author seems to loathe and hate AA, accepts a lot of the basic premises of AA, such as, "one drink, one drunk", "the beast", etc. Either you are an alcholic, or not, the author seems to think. No gradations, no steps, no middle way. His way or the highway. Fine, but if you are not a terrible alcoholic, this book is just too dogmatic. In Europe, Canada, and other areas, they don't just have one type of alcoholic - the worst. In the U.S., probably due to our religious history, we view alcoholism as, not a problem to deal with, but a battle for the soul. The result is these abstinance-based programs like AA and Rational Recovery ("one drink, one drunk"). In Europe and Canada, they recognize that every person is unique, and the problem can be moderated. I found Stanton Peele's book "The Truth About Addiction and Recovery" much better than this book. But as I said, if you are a terrible alcoholic, and never want to ever drink again, without AA, this book would be for you. If you just want to moderate, try Peele.

posted by Anonymous on February 5, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

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    but philosphy does not a recovery make. Rather than trying to make your recovery easy and to keep on doing things to hurt yourself and those you love, if you are struggling with addiction, address it. This book is to discuss, think about, avoid it.

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