A radical new approach to recovery—using methods proven more effective than medical treatment or twelve-step programs.
Drawing on the latest research and detailed case studies, the authors expose the best-kept secrets in the recovery field:
· Addictions—whether to food, cigarettes, sex, alcohol, or drugs—are not diseases, and they’re not necessarily lifelong problems.
· Many more people give up addictions on their own than are helped by medical treatment or twelve-step programs.
· Developing values, skills, and life resources enables people to quit addictions—and to shed the addict identity altogether.
In their revolutionary “Life Process Program” for overcoming all kinds of addictions, the authors emphasize self-help and treatment through coping with stress and achieving one’s goals. As helpful as it is controversial, The Truth About Addiction and Recovery will forever change the way we view and treat addiction.
“A classic.” —John Norcross, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton and author of Changing for Good
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stanton Peele is an expert on addiction. He wrote this book to dispell the current psychobabble and 12-step 'religion' that currently envelopes the discussion of drug abuse in the United States. The current myth of addiction goes like this: addiction is just 'in you', is a disease, and is genetic. You either are an addict, or not, and if you are, you always are one, and will never change. Thus, you need an official 12-step program, because that is your only hope. Any backtalk, and it just proves that you are in need of help. Peele shows that: addiction is a manner of relating to your environment, it is not a disease, is not genetic, and that you can change by yourself (or with a little help from Peele). Peele's message is positive and optimistic: we are responsible for ourselves. Drinking and using is a reaction to our environment, and if it harms us, we need to change our relation to our environment. Peele rejects the "one size fits all" approach of AA. This book puts the responsibility back on us for how we deal with alcohol and drugs. That is how it should be. You don't need 12-steps, you need to get your act together by yourself.
Scary book! This book is based on harm reduction.