Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction

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Finally—a road map to recovery from the nation's most original thinker on addiction

In his revolutionary book The Heart of Addiction, Dr. Lance Dodes examined the underlying emotions that drive addictive behaviors—whether drinking, gambling, sex, or eating. Now, in Breaking Addiction, Dodes presents a comprehensive guide outlining seven critical steps to overcome addiction, based on his findings.

Through his practice and research, Dodes has ...

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Overview

Finally—a road map to recovery from the nation's most original thinker on addiction

In his revolutionary book The Heart of Addiction, Dr. Lance Dodes examined the underlying emotions that drive addictive behaviors—whether drinking, gambling, sex, or eating. Now, in Breaking Addiction, Dodes presents a comprehensive guide outlining seven critical steps to overcome addiction, based on his findings.

Through his practice and research, Dodes has found that virtually every addictive act is preceded by feelings of helplessness. In his refreshingly clear style, Dodes incorporates case stories to illustrate exactly how these feelings set addiction in motion, how to recognize the path toward addiction—and then how to take back control.

Many people, discouraged by current treatments, have been hungry for an approach that digs addiction up by its roots. Since the publication of The Heart of Addiction, Dodes's ideas have been incorporated by therapists and treatment centers around the country, and are taught by universities and training centers for clinicians.

With special sections for both families and health-care professionals, Breaking Addiction is poised to be the handbook for a new, comprehensive, and in-depth understanding of addiction.

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Dodes, an eminent researcher of addiction at Harvard Medical School and author of the groundbreaking The Heart of Addiction, has hit another home run by focusing on getting to the root of addictive behavior. Years of personal research has shown Dodes that feelings of helplessness almost always precede an addictive act. This in turn leads to a sense of rage at feeling powerless. Defense mechanisms vary, but the methods discussed through Dodes's case studies offer insight into how addicts learn to cope emotionally with stress, culminating in addictive behavior. But ending addiction is still highly complicated; always present is what the author calls the "key moment" that leads to the behavior. The conversations and situations outlined here, drawn from Dodes's own experience, realistically illuminate what can lead to addition and the behavior manifestations often associated. Addicts will relate to Dodes's seven step solution, provided they can move beyond the "addiction as disease" or genetic hand-me-down thinking prevalent in the recovery discourse for much of the last century. Dodes's common-sense methodology, based on introspection and proactive alternatives to the compulsion is nothing short of revolutionary. (Mar.)
Edward Hallowell
“Without denying the difficulty of the terrain, Dodes’s program is a call to a clear-eyed, coherent approach. This groundbreaking work should become the ‘go to’ handbook for anyone suffering with addiction. Its easy-to-read style takes sophisticated ideas and turns them into memorable examples. I highly recommend it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061987397
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 178,551
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lance Dodes, MD, is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in the Division on Addictions. He has been director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard's McLean Hospital and director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He has been elected a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I A New Way to Understand Addiction 5

Part II The Steps 23

Step 1 How to Know If You Have an Addiction 25

Step 2 How to Think about Yourself If You Have an Addiction 35

Step 3 Recognizing the Key Moment in Addiction 43

Step 4 How You Keep Yourself from Seeing the Addiction ahead of You 57

Step 5 Understanding What is Happening at the Key Moment in Addiction 77

Step 6 Short-Term Strategies for Dealing with Addiction 91

Step 7 How to Deal with Addiction in the Long Term 117

Test Yourself 129

Part III Living with Someone Who Has an Addiction 157

Part IV For the Professional 197

Acknowledgments 213

Index 215

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