The Anatomy of Addiction: Overcoming the Triggers that Stand in the Way of Recovery

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The relapse rate for addicts in conventional treatment programs is a shocking 70-90%, despite the best efforts of family members, doctors, and the addicts themselves. Drawing on the latest addiction research, Creative Care founders Morteza and Karen Khaleghi argue that the reason so many addicts fail to make headway is because, too often, they focus on the addiction only, and not the many factors that contribute to it.

Readers will learn how to:

* recognize what people and ...

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Overview

The relapse rate for addicts in conventional treatment programs is a shocking 70-90%, despite the best efforts of family members, doctors, and the addicts themselves. Drawing on the latest addiction research, Creative Care founders Morteza and Karen Khaleghi argue that the reason so many addicts fail to make headway is because, too often, they focus on the addiction only, and not the many factors that contribute to it.

Readers will learn how to:

* recognize what people and situations drive their addiction

* peel back the layers of their life to understand the roots of helplessness and dependency

* rewrite family dynamics and end the cycle of addiction.

This is an eye-opening look for addicts and family members that will show them how to discover the heart of problem, and overcome it.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Dr. Morteza Khaleghi is one of America's leading experts on addiction and a beacon of hope to addicts everywhere. A trusted advisor on the Dr. Phil Show, he has successfully helped countless individuals quit drugs and alcohol by confronting the underlying emotional issues as well as tackling the addiction itself.”—Dr. Phil McGraw

Anatomy of Addiction is a resource for those willing to go to any lengths to maintain their recovery.  For those of us who know what is possible in recovery and understand our responsibility to continue our care, this book is a necessity."—Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of Symptoms of Withdrawl

"It is rare that a book can successfully create a tone that is supportive while also being informative, friendly while also being directive, and engaging while also being based on sound research.  Drs. Morteza and Karen Khaleghi accomplish just this in The Anatomy of Addiction. If you are new to recovery, this book will give you direction.  If you have struggled with relapse, this book is, quite simply, a must read."—Lee Jampolsky, Ph.D., author of Healing the Addictive Personality and Smile for No Good Reason

"Morteza and Karen Khaleghi convincingly demonstrate how psychological issues like depression and trauma can cause relapse. More importantly, they show how to address these issues effectively. Their decades of experience come through brilliantly in this important book."—Jeff Jay, coauthor of Love First: A Family Guide to Intervention

Kirkus Reviews
Noted mental-health professionals and founders of Malibu's Creative Care treatment center analyze the biological, societal and familial roots of addiction. According to the Khaleghis (Free From Addiction, 2008, etc.), relapse rates for addicts in traditional rehab programs are an alarming 70 to 90 percent within the first year. They tout their own practice as an example of success, and they stress the importance of self-examination, as do many 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. However, unlike many traditional programs, the Khaleghis' treatment plan also delves into physiological or psychological problems. Ridding "blame" from the recovery process is important, and the authors work to discover the causal elements of addiction—e.g., depression, physical or emotional trauma and genetic makeup. Doing so helps their patients become aware of triggers and avoid future relapse. The chapter on bipolar disorder is particularly illuminating. While highly treatable (a success rate of 40 to 50 percent with drug treatment alone), bipolar disorder is one of the physiological problems most often associated with addiction. The authors' writing style is analytical yet reader-friendly, but some of the content is numbingly familiar—i.e., children model their parents' attitude toward drinking. Geared for family members or friends who want to help a loved one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230107090
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 933,474
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.52 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Morteza Khalegi, PhDand Karen Khaleghi, PhD are the founders and co-owners of Creative Care, each with over twenty years of experience treating addiction. They have appeared on Dr. Phil as well as NPR, WBUR, and CNN radio. They live in Malibu, CA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Where the Journey Begins

Chapter 1: Reframing the Vocabulary of Addiction

Chapter 2: The First Dot

Chapter 3: A Fork in the Road

Chapter 4: The Story of an Almost Addict

Chapter 5: Trauma Survivors

Chapter 6: People with Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 7: Bipolar Disorder

Chapter 8: Depression and Addiction

Chapter 9: Children on the Slippery Slope

Conclusion: The Tyranny of Now

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