Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction
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  • Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction

Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction

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by Jack Trimpey

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More than a philosophy or therapy - and not dependent on spiritual beliefs or psychology - Rational Recovery offers an unprecedented approach to alcoholism, problem drinking, and drug addiction known as the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique, or AVRT. Now, for the first time, the keys to this proven recovery process are available in a practical, user-friendly…  See more details below


More than a philosophy or therapy - and not dependent on spiritual beliefs or psychology - Rational Recovery offers an unprecedented approach to alcoholism, problem drinking, and drug addiction known as the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique, or AVRT. Now, for the first time, the keys to this proven recovery process are available in a practical, user-friendly instructional guide. AVRT is an aggressive self-recovery program that shows you exactly how to take control of your addictive behavior now - and how to recover totally through planned abstinence. Rational Recovery refutes the concept of alcoholism as a disease and brings new hope to those who have been discouraged by traditional approaches to addiction. You will learn that within each substance abuser hides a "Beast" that craves its addiction. By following the simple logic of AVRT and putting into practice what you learn, you can defeat your Beast and remain sober - effortlessly - for the rest of your life.

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Former social worker Trimpey, who drank heavily for 20 years, was not favorably impressed with the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings he attended because of their group orientation and what he took to be the religious precepts in AA's Big Book. Several years later Trimpey quit drinking completely, not by admitting that he was "powerless over alcohol," as per AA, but by taking responsibility for his actions and control of his behavior. He then wrote The Small Book (Delacorte, 1992). His technique requires participants to give up what he terms AA's dependent thinking, relinquish the idea that they have an incurable disease, and seize control. Addictive behavior is not limited to alcohol, so drug dependence is included, as well as a separate chapter on gambling. Trimpey's program may work well for readers ready to assume full personal responsibility for their recovery. The practical instructions outlined can be used independently of group meetings or with Rational Recovery groups that now meet throughout the United States. A desirable purchase for public libraries, this is an essential purchase for specialized health and recovery collections.Catherine T. Charvat, John Marshall Lib., Alexandria, Va.

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Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had an addiction for fourteen years, and for a long time I went to psychologists, and to leaders in my church, and read several books, and no one knew anything about why addictions happen or how to overcome them. Then I found this book, and it explains it all perfectly and now I am totally recovered and am free of addiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boy, are you in for a treat! Finally, finally someone has taken the mystery out of addiction and provided a simple, private and insight-based way to recover from any addiction, right now. The methods described in Mr. Trimpey's work vanqish any feelings of being out-of-control instantly. The technique, garnered from self-recovered people who permanently quit their addiction on their own works beautifully. So, stay who you are, be confidently abstinent and get on with life using the simple tools of 'Addictive Voice Recognition Technique.' Instead of going to meetings that bore you, rotating back to rehabs and expecting relapse you can quickly learn to 'recognize' your addictive voice and separate the mindset of addiction from abstinence. Written at about a grade 6 level 'Rational Recovery' is easy to understand. Thanks to Mr. Trimpey, the game is quickly over and life returns to normal. Mr. Trimpey has done all a great service. You can't miss with this book. Excellent!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book, don't miss out on this one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took Jack Trimpey¿s Class, it was Great. I didn¿t like calling myself an Alcoholic. After I got back from rehab in 1984. My husband said to me, there is going to be a day when you won¿t have to say, you¿re an Alcoholic. You will just say you just don¿t drink. I was very upset. I said all the things I was taught in AA, that I was going to be an Alcoholic the rest of my life. Bla bla bla,,, After I learned what Rational Recovery is I can say. I am a normal person who DOES NOT DRINK. Thank you Jack Trimpey for giving me a great life. From Nyna Fleury in Ketchikan Alaska
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Jack Trimpey, The reason that your 'Method' works so well is that it is so simple and can be applied to any form of negative thinking/being. You have helped me to change my world and I will always be eternally grateful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
happy-and-healthy1 More than 1 year ago
I read this book 15 years ago. After 20 years of heavy drinking and many failed attempts to quit, the guidance in this book finally did the trick. I have not had a drink in 15 years nor a desire to have a drink. Quiting drinking is the best gift I have ever given myself. I like myself again. Now my dear sister is in need  of some help. I am buying this book for her. I hope this book will help her and you because being sober is  so much more enjoyable than being drunk. Good luck
rationalysober More than 1 year ago
Sober more than 12 years. Better life. Never looked back.
GeoffPenn More than 1 year ago
I read this book because someone close to me has been using drugs and I was looking for insights. This book was not written for people like me. The author's basic point is that all addictions – cigarettes, gambling, overeating, alcohol, cocaine, biting your fingernails – are essentially the same, and that once you see that they do you more harm than good and have worked up the resolve, you will decide to kick the habit. No treatment or assistance needed. There's a little bit more; he talks about how to work up the resolve, and about the “Addictive Voice,” that part of us that says “go ahead, indulge yourself”, and how to resist it. The author has an axe to grind with 12 Step programs, rehab treatment, and everything related to them, and devotes a lot of time expressing his criticisms. He makes some good points. There are people who have successfully kicked, on their own, pretty much every kind of addiction and habit. I agree with a lot of his criticisms of 12 Step programs and standard addiction treatment. But he does not acknowledge that many people see their addictions not as the source of their problems but as the only thing that helps them cope with their problems. There is nothing in this book for people who are losing their health, personal relationships, careers, and self-respect but are still compelled to get another fix. He fails to acknowledge the people for whom a 12 Step program worked when nothing else did, or that Alcoholics Anonymous was founded as an alternative to the “you could quit if you really wanted to” approach. There is nothing in this book for people who are watching someone they care about destroy himself with an addiction and want an alternative to either being an enabler or throwing the addict out. This book presents an alternative point of view, and that is good. Just be aware that the point of view it presents is pretty limited.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.