Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism

Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism

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Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism by Katherine Ketcham, William F. Asbury, Mel Schulstad, Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

This invaluable work will contribute much to the battle against our number one disease."
--from the Foreword by George McGovern, former senator and author of Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a disease. It's time we started treating it like one.

Science has offered undisputed proof that alcoholism is a disease rather than a weakness of character, yet millions of alcoholics continue to suffer due to inappropriate treatment.  Now the co-author of the modern classic Under the Influence has teamed up with prominent alcoholism experts to provide new answers to this national epidemic.

Based on the latest scientific research, Beyond the Influence clearly explains the neurological nature of the disease and reveals why some people drink addictively and others do not.  It also spells out what needs to be done to treat alcoholism, including:
Steps to take for an intervention
How to find the right treatment program
Which psychological approaches work best
Why spirituality is essential to recovery
New insights into relapse prevention
What you should know about diet, exercise, and nontraditional treatments such as acupuncture
Provocative and eye-opening, compelling and compassionate, Beyond the Influence is not only a message of hope for alcoholics--it is a blueprint for saving lives.

BEYOND THE INFLUENCE explains that alcoholism is a disease of the body, not a weakness of character. Drawing on the latest scientific studies, the authors present new research on the central role of genetics and neurotransmitters in addiction. Continuing where the prior book left off, it also includes:

Steps for diagnosis and intervention, plus ways to prevent relapses
Various treatment models, including inpatient and out-patient programs and a review of new drug treatments
The most effective types of psychological counseling
The critical role of nutrition
Non-traditional healing methods for recovery
The importance of a spiritual component to recovery

The authors also critique our nation's alcoholism policies, including education and prevention programs, efforts to curtail college bingeing and underage drinking, and the advertising and marketing strategies of the alcohol industry. -->

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307571991
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/21/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 415,570
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Katherine Ketcham is the author of nine nonfiction books, including five on alcoholism.  William Asbury, former Editor-In-Chief of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, writes and lectures frequently on the nation's alcohol problems.  Mel Schulstad is former president and co-founder of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.

Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli is director and chief psychologist of the Alternative Therapy Center of the Metrowest Medical Wellness Center in Natick, Massachusetts and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading for anyone in treatment or suffering from any addiction. The most helpful reading my spouse had in confronting a dealing with my addiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is extremely helpful in understanding the disease of alcholism. I am currently 9 months sober and I am trying to learn as much as I can about this horrible sickness. It definitely helps you realize there are many others just like you. It gives hope that we can beat this disease.
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