Recovery from Addiction: A Practical Guide to Treatment, Self-Help, and Quitting on Your Own

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Recovery from Addiction offers a concise, reader-friendly guide for substance-dependent persons, their families, and friends to help make sense of the full range of available treatment options.
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"In Recovery from Addiction, Drs. Cloud and Granfield have illuminated the secret side of addiction. The model of addiction most prominently paraded in American culture today represents a one sided view built on observations of the behavior of a MINORITY of persons suffering from addictive disorders, i.e., those unable to make positive changes without some type of outside intervention. In dispelling the myth of the universality of that model, Cloud and Granfield accurately describe how persons fall into addiction and the characteristics of the majority of this group who develop and follow strategies for unassisted positive change. This book is must reading for addiction students, educators and those desiring a reality based understanding of addictive behavior."

-J. Michael Faragher Psy.D. CACIII,Associate Dean, School of Professional Studies, Metropolitan State College of Denver

"An instant classic, Professors Cloud and Granfield carefully show how solving existential problems is the only way people ‘recover’ from the metaphorical disease called ‘addiction.’ Recovery from Addiction should be required reading for anyone who believes addiction ‘treatment’ is necessary, let alone effective.”

-Jeffrey A. Schaler,Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Justice, Law and Society,American University, Washington, DC, and author of Addiction Is a Choice

"A very up-to-date 'Consumer's Guide' to the best-of-the-best in addiction solutions. A must read for everyone trying to help solve this problem."

-Mark F. Kern,Founder and Director of Addiction Alternatives and Life Managements Skills, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814716076
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

William Cloud is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, where he developed and has been chair of the Drug Dependency Concentration in the M.S.W. program.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Consumers' Guide to Addiction Treatment
2 Overview of Traditional Treatment 13
3 Pros and Cons of Entering Traditional Treatment 32
4 Pros and Cons of Participating in 12-Step Groups 48
5 New and Emerging Approaches to Quitting 60
6 The Environment of Addiction and Resolution 82
7 Selecting an Approach That Is Best for You 114
Pt. 2 Quitting on Your Own
8 Quitting the Natural Way: Is Natural Resolution for You? 149
9 Initial Challenges to Self-Change 162
10 Maintaining Your Recovery Naturally 183
11 Living without Addiction 202
About the Authors 223
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