Take Control of Your Drinking...And You May Not Need to Quit

Take Control of Your Drinking...And You May Not Need to Quit

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by Michael S. Levy
     
 

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In a career spent working with people who want to change their drinking habits, Michael S. Levy has found that the routes to behavioral change vary: abstinence is the successful route for many people, while others can moderate their drinking on their own or with professional help. In this book, he helps people take control of their alcohol problems by teaching

Overview

In a career spent working with people who want to change their drinking habits, Michael S. Levy has found that the routes to behavioral change vary: abstinence is the successful route for many people, while others can moderate their drinking on their own or with professional help. In this book, he helps people take control of their alcohol problems by teaching them how to think about and address their drinking habits.

Beginning with a set of self-assessments that reveal whether the reader’s use of alcohol is creating problems, Levy explains the causes of problem drinking and why it is so difficult to change. He also offers

* guidelines so readers can decide whether to try to moderate their drinking or to choose abstinence* a contract for moderate drinking in which readers decide what they will drink, how often and how much they will drink, and the situations they need to avoid
• advice for coping with slip-ups
• tools for fighting helplessness and the fear of failure* guidelines for knowing when moderation is not achievable

Many people are able to overcome their drinking problems without any formal help; Levy stresses the importance of personal commitment in this effort. For those who are unable to moderate their drinking, he provides comprehensive and compassionate guidelines and resources for abstaining.

This book empowers people to tackle their drinking problems and gives them the freedom to do so in a way that fits with their own lifestyles and values.

Editorial Reviews

New England Psychologist
Taking a self-help approach, Levy... has produced a fine resource for those willing to take a look at their relationship with the bottle.

— Paul Efthim, PhD

Smart Recovery News & Views
As someone who has been in recovery for many years, i was skeptical of even the thought of trying to take control of my drinking. By using a couple of simple tests, Levy does a great job of walking you through the processes of analyzing whether you have a drinking problem... The book is an easy read and was an enjoyable and informative read for me. This is a great book for anyone in recovery or a person contemplating whether he or she has a drinking issue or not.

New England Psychologist - Paul Efthim
Taking a self-help approach, Levy... has produced a fine resource for those willing to take a look at their relationship with the bottle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801886683
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Read an Excerpt

"The CAGE Screening Tool

"If you answer "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have a drinking problem.

"Have you ever felt that you should cut down on your drinking?

"Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

"Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

"Have you ever had a drink the first thing in the morning to "steady your nerves" or get rid of a hangover?"—from Take Control of Your Drinking... And You May Not Need to Quit

What People are saying about this

Andrew F. Angelino

A tremendous resource for individuals who drink too much and have some negative effects from their drinking but who are not significantly alcohol dependent. Levy does an excellent job of helping readers determine if they have an alcohol problem and sets up very clear and simple steps to moderate drinking for those who are not better recommended to an abstinence lifestyle.

Andrew F. Angelino, M.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Meet the Author

Michael S. Levy, Ph.D., is the director of Clinical Treatment Services at CAB Health & Recovery Services, Inc. He is a lecturer in psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and at Harvard Medical School, and he maintains a private practice in psychotherapy. He writes extensively on substance abuse and its treatment.

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Take Control of Your Drinking...And You May Not Need to Quit 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really breaks down everything from if you want to control your drinking all the way down to if you want or should quit all together. I am buyering another one for my friend. It really helps you start the self evaluation process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, no-nonsense self-evaluation, non-judgmental, and realistic look at the potential of controlling versus the necessity of abstaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago