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The first book that applies the insights of rational-emotive therapy to the recovery from problem drinking.

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The first book that applies the insights of rational-emotive therapy to the recovery from problem drinking.

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According to the authors, the irrational thoughts and beliefs of the alcoholic--as opposed to the concept of ``powerlessness'' taught by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)--contribute greatly to alcoholism. Recognizing that AA may not work for everyone, they present a form of cognitive therapy known as Rational Emotive Therapy (RET). In RET, the alcoholic's irrational beliefs about drinking are consistently flushed out, challenged, and replaced with more rational ones. The authors also address ``stinking thinking,'' a phrase coined by AA to describe the negative thoughts that often lead to relapse. Exercises in positive self-talk, creative imagery, and daily self-care are included. The ideas presented are similar to those found in a growing number of titles that offer alternatives to AA, including Jack Trimpey's The Small Book: Revolutionary Alternatives for Overcoming Alcohol and Drug Dependence (Delacorte, 1991). However, the information may be more beneficial when coupled with professional guidance. Purchase for self-help, psychology, and medical collections.-- Linda S. Greene, Chicago P.L.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780942637533
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 739,157
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Ellis is excellent

    There are more ways to recover than the 12 step groups. This book deals with the faulty thinking that can lead any addict into relapse mode. For those who have problems w 12 step groups for whatever reason and for those in 12 step recovery who are not threatened by other ways of doing things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    When Nothing Else Works

    I don't disagree with the book's contention, that there are other ways to quit drinking besides AA. But the book does approach the spiritual angle, that is, the mindset that makes an alcoholic pick up a drink again and again. However, whether you believe in AA or not, the best thing alcoholics can do to end the isolation, loneliness and fear is to talk to other alcoholics daily. Whether you do that in AA or not doesn't matter. It's great to have the tools of this book and recovering alcoholics to help you everyday. Begin living again. Thanks for the great advice in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2001


    What I like best about this book is that it gives you so many tools. Tools that help you be honest with yourself about your addiction (whatever it may be) and help you cope with urges. Most tools are based on the assumption that you CAN changge your current thinking and beliefs. The tools in this book can also be applied to other problem areas in your life.

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