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    1. The Glass Castle : A Memoir
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    5. Out of the Shadows: Understanding
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    1. The Glass Castle : A Memoir
    by Jeannette Walls
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    Asin: 0743247531
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-08)
    Publisher: Scribner
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    2. Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (A Hazelden Guidebook)
    by Jeff Jay, Debra Jay
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    Asin: 1568385218
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
    Sales Rank: 10200
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A straightforward, simple and practical resource written specifically for families seeking to help a loved one struggling with substance addiction. Jeff and Debra Jay dispel two all-to-common and damaging beliefs: Addicts, they say, don't have to hit bottom before they can get help and get sober, and second, interventions don't have to be confrontational-hence their emphasis on a love first approach. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Good, Good!
    As a recovering addict, this book has great ideas and is right on the mark! I will suggest this to the many people I know dealing with the disease. As with many addicts like myself, I have always had problems in relationships with women too. Another wonderful book that helped me is Stumbling Naked In The Dark: Overcoming Mistakes Men Make With Women. Between the two books there is a lot of great advice that helped make my life better and certainly more bearable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best single source for friends and family of addicted
    I've read several books and online materials about substance abuse and how to help someone out of addiction. This book is the most comprehensive, considerate, simple, and useful source for friends or family members. It is more complete and helpful than the better-known cornerstone works from the Betty Ford Clinic and Dr. Vernon Johnson. Not only is the text full of information, but the charts offered at the end to help organize an intervention are most user-friendly and designed to give you a thoughtful helping hand. This one is the best investment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best I've read on this subject
    Whether you are a family member, a friend or a professional counsellor, this book is a "must-read" for anyone dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction. It may be painful to read, but it's so true. I am purchasing copies to share with friends. I need their support.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Diocese Assistance Program (DAP)
    In an effort to promote the healing and recovery of individuals and families in the 10 county diocese with 98 parishes, the parish representatives trained in the community resourses to assist people who have loved ones with a substance abuse/alcohol problem are using the guidebook "LOVE FIRST". Because of this new approach to intervention we are averageing ONE intervention a week acrose the diocese. A beautiful well written, easy to under stand text that appeals to those with a caring love for someone who is hurting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love First
    This is a fantastic book!Not only did I read it,I participated in the actual intervention.A wonderful way to bring the family together and help them understand the problem.It may not cure the alchoholic but certainly makes them aware of their problem using only love. ... Read more

    3. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking : Join the millions who have become nonsmokers using the Easyway method
    by Allen Carr
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    Asin: 1402718616
    Catlog: Book (2005-01)
    Publisher: Sterling
    Sales Rank: 27428
    Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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    A new edition of the revolutionary bestseller, with four million copies in print. Allen Carr’s innovative Easyway method—which he discovered after his own 100-cigarette-a-day habit nearly drove him to despair—has helped millions kick smoking without feeling anxious and deprived. That’s because he helps smokers discover the psychological reasons behind their dependency, explains in detail how to handle the withdrawal symptoms, shows them how to avoid situations when temptation might become too strong, and enables them to stay smoke-free. Carr discusses such issues as nicotine addiction; the social “brainwashing” that encourages smoking; the false belief that a cigarette relieves stress; the role boredom plays in sabotaging efforts to stop; and the main reasons for failure. With this proven program, smokers will be throwing away their packs for good.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
    I didn't plan on quitting smoking, but after months of pressure from my wife (who never smoked), I finally gave in and read this book. It's not at all what I expected, it doesn't try to convince you to quit by just reiterating what you already know, what television commercials and doctors have been telling us for years. The book made so much sense to me, I went from a 40 a day man down to nothing instantly. I've tried the patch, the gum, the inhaler, and everything else I've seen or heard of, and this was the only thing that worked for me. Seriously worth reading, even if you don't plan on stopping smoking.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Allen Carr's Easy Way To Say "Up Yours" To Big Tobacco
    For a few bucks, get off the "nasty weed" relatively easily, as the title suggests. Anyone who smokes and wishes they didn't (99%) should read this book!!!! I quit 3 months ago, and I feel better than I have in years. In fact, I feel 10 years younger.

    This book would work well in conjunction with something like Zyban (an anti-depressant), since most people who fail to quit do so during a "low" point. Maybe something herbal could help here (it did for me). All I can say is: you have nothing to lose but a few packs worth of money and a little time. I quit about a year ago using this book, for 2 weeks. Then, I learned first-hand about the myth of "just one cigarette". Still, in the 6 months that I smoked afterwards, up until I quit again 3 months ago, I always looked at cigarettes and my smoking "habit" (addiction) differently. Now I'm clean and free!!!! I wish everyone could be. Waiting for Big Tobacco to knock on the door. :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant, Brilliant Book
    This book is utterly brilliant.

    I smoked for 15 years and heard about this book from a friend. At the time this book was only available in England and Canada. I read the book and was immediately hooked. Carr's words are so powerful and persuasive. It is amazing that such a short book can transform someone's life from a dependency to cigarettes to a life free of smelly breath, coughs and potential lung cancer.

    I persuaded my fiancé to read it (and he loved smoking and had no intention of quitting). After he finished reading it he stopped smoking too. We have both been non-smokers for 1.5 years. We very rarely even think about smoking.

    I am so glad to see that this book is available in the States. I can now continue to tell smokers all about this book, but instead of lending them my book they can now buy it for themselves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Book Ever Written
    No offense to the Bible or any other great books.

    I started smoking when I was 18 years old. It was only temporary, right...just socially. I'd never become addicted.

    Ten years later and thousands of dollars gone, I smoked a pack and a half a day, every day. I couldn't wait to drive to work so I could smoke. I couldn't wait for lunch or breaks so I could smoke. In between cigarettes, I thought about smoking. Secretly, I didn't like that I smoked. I just didn't think there was any hope.

    One day, in a conversation with a friend, I heard about this book. My friend's father in law spoke so highly of it that I decided to give it a shot.

    One week later I attempted to smoke my final cigarette. The taste was unbearable and made me almost throw up. I extinguished it after two puffs and haven't looked back. I'm a non-smoker. All smokers can be non-smokers. It's easy. Really.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easiest and cheapest way to quit
    I had tried many different ways. Suddenly my girlfriend's mother gave me the book as a present and that was it. After reading it, I have not smoked neither had the need to smoke again. The best thing about the book is that you not only quit, but do it easily and painlessly. ... Read more

    4. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
    by KorenZailckas
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    Asin: 0670033766
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-07)
    Publisher: Viking Adult
    Sales Rank: 1260
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, twenty-four-year-old KorenZailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring howbinge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual." With the stylistic freshness of a poetand the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at fourteen, alcohol poisoningat sixteen, a blacked-out sexual experience at nineteen, total disorientation after waking up in anunfamiliar New York City apartment at twenty-two, when she realized she had to stop, and all thedepression, rage, troubled friendships, and sputtering romantic connections in between.Zailckas’s unflinching candor and exquisite analytical eye gets to the meaning beneath theseeming banality of girls’ getting drunk. She persuades us that her story is the story of thousandsof girls like her who are not alcoholics—yet—but who use booze as a short cut to courage, astand-in for good judgment, and a bludgeon for shyness, each of them failing to see how theiremotional distress, unarticulated hostility, and depression are entangled with their sociallycondoned binging.

    Like the contemporary masterpieces The Liars’ Club, Autobiography of a Face, andJarhead, Smashed is destined to become a classic. A crucial book for any woman whohas succumbed to oblivion through booze, or for anyone ready to face the more subtlerepercussions of their own chronic over-drinking or of someone they love, Smashed is aneye-opening, wise, and utterly gripping achievement. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars A LOT OF RAMBLING

    5-0 out of 5 stars A courageous memoir and an outstanding book
    This book was amazing, engrossing, and highly thought-provoking.It seems so many people, including many "reviewers" on this site, are so quick to label somebody as an "alcoholic" or whatnot.Is the author an alcoholic?Truth is, it really doesn't matter.Zailckas examines her life and her drinking from an intellectual and partly feminist point of view.Her clarity and, more importantly, her objectivity when discussing her own situation and her deep, dark secrets lead me to believe that she is as free from the grips of alcohol as a bird is from prison bars (and I, for one, loved her use of metaphors and similes).Just baring these deeply, deeply personal stories in the hopes of relating to others who have been in or are in her situation is something I find highly admirable.And it worked.As a female college student, I can relate to so much of what she talks about.I can see it in myself and in so, so many of my friends.It is an issue that, in my experience, most girls inevitably face at some time or another.And depending on certain factors, including heredity, self-image and self-esteem, personality, availability, peer pressure and so on, many girls will unfortunately spin out of control and not even realize it until weeks, months, or years of their lives have been washed over with the rank stench of alcohol.I believe she is on to something when she implies that it is indeed a women's issue, an American issue, and a cultural issue.It is all of these things and more.Unless you are in college RIGHT NOW, you have no idea what it is like.Drinking is present and highly encouraged at 95% of the social functions that most college kids attend.It is so easy to abuse it, and nearly no one sees it as dysfunctional.I had begun to ponder this incessantly over the past year and reading this book comforts me that I am not alone, or insane.

    This book was intensely personal and yet, at the same time, widely cultural.Zailckas takes a deep look at her alcohol abuse and the effects that it had on her emotional and social development.Society seems to care so much about labels.Is she an alcoholic?I don't know.I am not an addiction counseler, and I doubt any of you who were so quick to label her are, either.The IMPORTANT thing is that she finally realized the detrimental effects of her drinking and had the brains and the willpower to quit.Whatever it took to get her to see that, and however long it took, is irrelevant.We all march to the beat of our own drum.And the fact that she was able to create a beautiful, if sad, piece of writing from it was amazing.The fact that it has reached out to people, in particular, girls like me who desperately needed someone to relate to, nothing short of a miracle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and Disturbing
    I read through the book in less than two days.The style is comfortable and flows logically through this troubled young woman's adolescence into adulthood.The descriptions of her relationship with alcohol are profound and, often, hard to understand.What would create such a need, in an attractive, articulate young girl who doesn't seem to have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as a child, to medicate so much pain?One wonders if something might have been left out, but given the frank descriptions of her drinking and sexual encounters when drunk, it doesn't seem likely that she would sugar coat the rest of her life.

    I was left with a lot of questions. Here are a few: Although the author spends a signficant amount of time describing her college experience, there is hardly a mention of going to class or studying.How in the world did she graduate?It would have been interesting if she would have discussed the impact her drinking had on her learning and the quality of her work.Another thing that amazed me was her account of her parents.Here is a girl who had her stomach pumped at 16 from alcohol poisoning, who continues to have severe life, health, and safety-threatening issues with drinking through college, and yet her Mother insists on buying her a drink for her 21st birthday celebration, and her Father gives her hard liquour for a Christmas gift that year.I believe it was the same brand that she almost died from at 16.What in the world were these people thinking?Lastly, although she mentions she is Catholic, the only mention of God is when she refers to the "freedom" that comes to you when you stop believing in God.I think there is a lot more there to explore, and maybe in the context of her need to drink.

    Overall, a stunning work, and well worth the time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thought pricking
    Not often are we provided with stories that touch a rising problem in society. Binge drinking is a problem society can no longer ignore. It is endemic in countries like the UK, Ireland, and USA, and Cameroon, parts of the world like continental Europe, North America, South East Asia, and Latin America.

    Smashed is an amazing story of this problem of alcoholism that is prevalent amongst young women. It is quite a scary book that will make many readers cringe when they read about the problems alcohol caused for Zailckas. This book may be a little bit too much for parents because it certainly is frightening and shocking for them to learn that heavy drinking is common amongst the young at such a young age. But as some one who went through that phase, I can relate to the story. It is a problem that should be confronted.

    I like the way Zailckas did the narration. Her voice is strong in the writing and her style is unique. Poetic and fast flowing, one gets the story without drowning in compassion for her. After all, it is a past she shrugged off. That is why I think many people will find it interesting reading about this experience of alcoholism or binge drinking from the perspective of a young woman. It has lots of lessons to be learnt. Anybody can become an alcohol addict at an early stage in life. But with courage, determination and support, anybody can bit the addiction, whether as an alcoholic or a binge boozer.THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES,THIS IS ME AND WHERE I AM, THE UNION MOUJIK are other gripping stories.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Served Up on a Plate
    "Smashed" is a authentic slice of life. There are definite similarities to "My Fractured Life", "Dry" and "Nightmares Echo" but with a unique slant. This is an up and down roller coaster life and the writer has the delivery to match ... Read more

    5. Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction
    by Patrick J. Carnes
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    Asin: 1568386214
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
    Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
    Sales Rank: 3806
    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    This breakthrough work, the first to describe sexual addiction, is still the standard for recognizing and overcoming this destructive behavior. With insight and sensitivity, Dr. Patrick Carnes outlines how to identify a sexual addict, recognize the way others may unwittingly become complicit or codependent, and change the patterns that support the addiction. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Partners of Addicts can benefit from this book!
    Sexual addiction has a profound impact on the partners and families of the addict. The road to recovery is a long hard journey as Dr. Carnes points out. For the partner of an addict, this book helps you understand that what you've been living with is NOT about you. You come to realize that this is a disease just as alcoholism is a disease. You learn what it's about, how it can progress if not treated and how recovery is a possibility. You also learn about co-addiction and the role you play in this insidious addiction. This book was a lifesaver for me and put me on the road to recovery from my own co-addiction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Change your life forever!
    Concise, clear and factual, this book will change your life forever. You don't have to be a sexual addict to profit from it, but if you are, you cannot afford to bypass "Out Of The Shadows". The author's view of sexual addiction may be as shocking to many people today as Galileo's view of earth was a couple of hundred years ago. Knowing the true nature of sexual addiction has made a big difference in my life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An especially good book for coaddicts
    This is a good book for anyone who wants to understand the basic emotional and psychosexual dynamics of sexual addiction but the problem I did have with it was that it was written to understand the male addict. Although the dynamics from the human level are essentially the same there are some differences.

    After a really harrowing relationship with a woman addict whose secretiveness and intense denial/shame of the problem translated to my being left in the dark as to it's nature I scoured the web for any information I could find. I was really confused how this woman's behavior really depressed her to the point of endless bouts of crying and yet it continued with more calculating deceit, mind games, rampant flirting with colleagues and promiscuity. Everyone involved becomes a powerless spectator in the painful ongoings. This was the most painful experience that I have gone through to date and it has really made me wary of my perception of how sex is used to sell just about everything in the US. Pity.

    For guys who have been likewise involved understanding the "logic" ( if it can be called that) of the female sex/romance addict is better outlined in a book by Charlotte Davis Kasl called: "Women, Sex and Addiction - a search for love and power" a highly qualified therapist in the field. I was amazed at how every page seemed to be a prediction ( in hindsight ) of my ex's irrational and destructive behavior, motives, feelings etc., such that many of the statements made by sexually addicted women she interviewed for the book were made by my ex g.friend, verbatim. I was aware from her intense denial of there being an [obvious] problem ( by her asserting that it was "in my head" or that my finding that there was a problem to discuss was itself, THE problem) that she did not read these books ( and indignantly would not when I offered.)

    The bottom line for the addict is that because of the intense feelings of shame that perpetuate the problem and the need to cover up the problem from self and others, through paradoxically/ritualistically engaging in more of the same painful thing, such books are only helpful if the 'sufferer' is absolutely ready to face and rid oneself of it. However for those who are coaddicts and want to understand what they are going through they are helpful especially to recognize that there is nothing wrong with you and you ( nor your liaison) are to blame. If you love the addicted one then through these books one readily sees that the problem is not the person but the behavior which can be changed with time and effort. Painful stuff. Good luck to all..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction
    This book is a true insight into the illness of Sexual addiction. The book walks you through the underlying reasons for your sexual compulsion, and the subsequent understanding of how your acting out sexually is rooted in things well outside of sexual gratification.

    The book was surprisingly easy to read and understand. If you or a loved one may be suffering from this addiction, you may find the conclusive answers in this book just what you are looking for. I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    What an excellent book! I purchased this with Confusing Love with Obsession and thought both gave a well rounded analysis of sexual and relationship addictions! ... Read more

    6. Healing the Shame That Binds You
    by John Bradshaw
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    Asin: 0932194869
    Catlog: Book (1988-10-01)
    Publisher: HCI
    Sales Rank: 4668
    Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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    In an emotionally revealing way John Bradshaw shows us how toxic shame is the core problem in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and the drive to super-achieve. The result is a breakdown in the family system and our inability to go forward with our lives. We are bound by our shame.

    Drawing from his 22 years of experience as a counselor, Bradshaw offers us the techniques to heal this shame.Using affirmations, visualizations, "inner voice" and "feeling" work plus guided meditations and other useful healing techniques, he realeases the shame that binds us to the past.

    This important book breaks new ground in the core issues of societal and personal breakdown, offering techniques of recovery vital to all of us.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, probing study of toxic shame
    John Bradshaw has written a thorough, concise guide to victims who suffer from toxic shame, in order to help them identify the shame they are feeling and then to alleviate and eliminate that shame. An all-intrusive emotion, toxic shame can devastate a life, destroy marriages, and leave the suffering victim alone and confused. Bradshaw has drawn a road map for these victims to help themselves find the way out of the endless cycle of shame and guilt that surrounds their lives every single day. Since he is also a victim of childhood abuse, Bradshaw has a keen insight into the haunting terrors of being ashamed of your family because of alcoholism, drug dependence, sexual abuse...he covers it all. This book is a must-read for the adult who has been raised in a traumatic setting. Healing the Shame that Binds You is a life-line to victims, and can be the first step on the road to recovery from toxic shame and other psychological problems brought on by dysfunctional family situations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars retrieve your soul from hell
    it is no exaggeration to say this was the most helpful self-help book i've ever encountered. for a long time i was always a seeker but could never get to the bottom of the "soul sickness" i felt within my deepest sense of self. i was operating under the general theory my soul had been stolen from me in my early childhood. i could never feel right about who and what i was as a person. this book truly opened my inner eye and gave me the insights and tools to take that mythical inner journey into my own "underworld" and find and retrieve my soul. after many years of depression, divorces, alcoholism, feeling absolutely defective as a human being, this wonderful book brought tears to my eyes, light to my mind, and true healing to my heart. i feel now i am a completely differant person than i was during those years of toxic shame hell. while the growth is still ongoing, the light and growth of self esteem i've found are sure and precious treasures "the universe" , [ God? ] has blessed me with. if your life seems depressing and out of control and sad; please read and reread this masterful work of self exploration. it can save you from much shame and pain. if you are as toxically shame based as i was, this book could very well save your life and engender a new feeling in your heart and soul: peace and happiness!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not an easy book to read
    If any part of your childhood (or adult life) was or is dysfunctional, this is a must-read book. I wish I could tell everyone how important it is to get a book like this and read it until everything in your past and present begins to make sense. It took me a while to "get it," but now I see how important it is to understand that everyone in the family has to play certain roles to keep the dysfunctional family dysfunctionally functioning. When you read this book you'll understand why everything happened in your family the way it did. Thanks, John Bradshaw, for explaining the dysfunctional family so clearly - and showing how to change your life forever by healing the shame that binds you.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Shame is shame
    When the author describes the damage of shame he is right on. However, he describes shame as a normal healthy emotion. It is not. He describes 'toxic shame' as the unhealthy emotion. Shame, straight from Webster's: 1a. A painful feeling brought about by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace. b. Capacity for such a feeling 2. One that brings dishonor, disgrace, or condemnation. There isn't anything normal or healthy in that definition. Yet, the author creates the illusion of a 'healthy shame.' As long as the reader stays true to shame as 'not healthy' and disregards any imaginary reference of 'healthy shame,' 'Healing the Shame That Binds You' has insightful views in the realm of shame.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stars Come and Go, But Bradshaw Still Shines!
    Even though John Bradshaw's star has waned and has been replaced by Dr. Phil's stardom (a good behavioral therapist), "Healing the Shame That Binds You" remains a classic "Know thyself" book.
    As the first-born son of an alcoholic father, I felt the need to fill some emptiness inside me with high academic and professional achievements, like Bradshaw himself. But "Healing the Shame" helped me see the wisdom in James Taylor's song "The Secret of Life" ("is enjoying the passage of time / It's okay to feel afraid / But don't let that stand in your way / Planets spinning through space / Welcome to the human race").
    "Homecoming" is a good companion to "Healing." I also recommend Charles Whitfield, Alice Miller, and one of my current super novas Daniel Goleman ("Emotional Intelligence") Thanks, John, for putting me on a non-type-A healing path. ... Read more

    7. Drugs Across the Spectrum
    by Ray Goldberg
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    Asin: 0534580874
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-09)
    Publisher: Brooks Cole
    Sales Rank: 319494
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    Considered the most comprehensive drug text on the market, Goldberg's four-color text encourages readers to examine the motivation for drug use, social implications of drug use, legal ramifications, and factors affecting how drugs interact with the human body. It provides a look at the history and culture surroundings of drug use and abuse, key information regarding specific types of drugs, and a review of drug treatment, education, and prevention approaches and programs. ... Read more

    8. Adult Children of Alcoholics : Expanded Edition
    by Janet Woititz
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    Asin: 1558741127
    Catlog: Book (1990-11-01)
    Publisher: HCI
    Sales Rank: 4860
    Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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    Ten years ago, Janet Woititz broke new ground in our understanding of what it is to be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic. Today she re-examines the movement and its inclusion of Adult Children from various dysfunctional family backgrounds who share the same characteristics. After more than ten years of working with ACoAs she shares the recovery hints that she has found to work. Read Adult Children of Alcoholics to see where the journey began and for ideas on where to go from here.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Adult Children of Alcoholics
    My counselor gave me this book to read and it's been the best material I have come across so far. I have identified with so many things in this book and see certain traits in myself that have been written in the book. I am finally able to recognize some of my traits and patterns and am aware of the changes I need to make in order to hopefully have healthy relationships in the future. I recommend this book to anyone who is delving into the Adult Child area. I don't remember a lot of my childhood, but through the help of this book, I am able to see a lot of things that I missed out on and how those little things have impacted me throughout life thus far. I will carry this book with me everywhere for quite some time probably and refer to it often.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Anyone from a dysfunctional family should read this book!!!
    Catagorized as a adult child of a child of an alcoholic, the effect is just as devastating. For 38 years, life seemed so restless and tormenting. This book was an extreme help in spelling out the feelings that were felt but could not be put into words by an adult child who learned to shut out all emotions. A healing process begins as the tears begin to flow. This book is excellent! Thank you Janet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, very helpful
    Every ACA to whom I've given this book tells me, after they've read it, "That's me." Perhaps the greatest advantage to this book is the ability it gives the reader to understand the often paradoxical world of the ACA.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Opened my eyes
    I swear this book was written about me. It opened my eyes to ways I deal with and approach life, so that now I feel clearer and have some answers. Anyone who has an alcoholic parent should read this book, because even if you think it didn't effect you, you might be wrong.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This summed up my whole life and helped me heal
    This book crossed my path in my early twenties and helped me
    recognize a life pattern as the result of being born into
    a family of alcoholics. Due to its guidance, I joined the
    12-step programs adult children of alcoholics and codependents
    anonymous (among others).
    Twenty years later, I am happily married and successfully
    dealing with my codependency patterns. I now set boundaries,
    now have self-esteem, and am able to discern whats "my stuff"
    and "your baggage" and don't take yours on as "my problem" any
    more. Thank you very much Janet Woititz! By the way, I have
    recommended this book to more than 500 people in my counseling
    work over the years. No one ever reported back that it was a
    waste of time. ... Read more

    9. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
    by Alcoholics Anonymous
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    Catlog: Book (1989-04-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A lifelong lifeline to recovery
    Who could have predicted that a couple of near-lost alcoholics in the 1930's would lay the spiritual foundation for recovery from the hell (no exaggeration) of alcoholism and, later, other mind-bending drugs? But Bill W. and Dr. Bob did and, some 70 years later, literally millions of sufferers worldwide have taken to "the program" heart and soul and have found the simple serenity of sobriety. Affectionately called The Big Book by "members" of the AA fellowship and those in other self-help programs inspired by the AA prototype, anything and everything that the addict who's become sick and tired of being sick and tired is here, and recovery is for the taking. With a spiritual (not religious) cornerstone as the foundation, we come to understand why we must put ourselves in the hands of the god of our understanding, why contact with Him daily is an essential lifeline and how we keep the privilege of sobriety by going into service for the addict who stills suffer. AA's 12 steps don't demand a recovery program as prescribed by someone else and recognizes that what works in recovery for one person may not work for another. Thus, the miracle! The diligent program of recovery - and it's wise to practice the 12 steps daily - is backed by the 12 "traditions" of the fellowship that explain why each of the 12 steps is mandatory for survival itself. In a press interview shortly before his death, Bill W. was asked how AA works. "Pretty good. Thanks for asking," was his answer. And that's the miracle and grace of the program and its fellowship. The individual's recovery program is unique to him and of his own making. To those still suffering with active addiction, their families, children and others impacted by the addict's sickness, this book is the lifeline. Grab it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It works
    I have plenty of issues, to be sure, but substance abuse is not among them. So I can't tell you if this book can help you stop drinking. I can tell you that the 11 of the 12 steps that don't directly address alcohol strike me as little short of a godsend in the struggle against whatever particular thing is screwing up your life.

    Now, it's a statistically demonstrable fact that AA doesn't work for everyone. (Although how many people who leave can honestly say they've worked the Steps to the best of their ability?) But it sure seems to be the best treatment for alcoholism that anyone has come up with so far.

    1-0 out of 5 stars 12x12 confusion
    This book confuses the newcomer to AA, and flatly contradicts much of what is written in the basic text of our society, Alcoholics Anonymous. It was written against the advice of one of our co-founders (and after his death.) Furthermore, it was never designed to be a textbook on the steps. It is an interpretive commentary on the steps and traditions. Unfortunately, it is given to people as a textbook. There are no directions given in this book. If you want to get sober and happy, read the book Alcoholics Anonyous - it has all the directions you need.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Primary Texts
    This book is one of the primary texts for recovery. The other is the AA big Book.

    Also, if you are serious about recovery and wish to improve your conscious contact with God you simply must read the book An Encounter With A Prophet by C. A. Lewis.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 12 and 12 has taught me a new way of life.
    Before I got to AA I did not know how to live life sober. I could not function without drinking. Alcohol was my life. Alcohol destroyed me and left me with nothing. By the grace of God I was put into the rooms of AA. In the rooms I found a sponsor who bought me a Big Book and a 12x12. The program in the 12x12 saved my life. It taught me a way of life which I had never dreamed possible. By reading this book and attending meetings, working with other alcoholics--I am able to live life sober. I am truly happy, joys and free. I owe it all to my higher power, the program and people in AA. Thank you AA. -Greatful Recovering Alcoholic San Diego, CA ... Read more

    10. Intervention: How to Help Someone Who Doesn't Want Help : A Step-By-Step Guide for Families of Chemically Dependent Persons
    by Vernon E Johnson
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    Asin: 0935908315
    Catlog: Book (1986-06-01)
    Publisher: Johnson Institute/Hazelden
    Sales Rank: 30147
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    In this pioneering work, Vernon Johnson describes intervention- a $ thousands of chemically dependent people to accept help. In terms anyone can understand, intervention shows how to help those with an alcohol or other drug problem, and how to do it right. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Text
    ...the disease model is settled science. The American Medical Association has recognized alcoholism as a disease since the 1950s and long-term research of high validity supports the fact that addiciton is a disease...I do hope potential readers of this classic text will not be dissuaded by an unknown source's unfounded personal beliefs.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not an accurate representation of addiction
    This book is in itself a good guide to holding an intervention, however I disagree with the information that is used to support it. Throughout the book there are claims that it is a disease, much like diabetes or mumps, and that any time spent looking for enviormental causes, or any cause other than biological, is in fact a waste of time and is detrimental to the addicts chances of recovery.

    I find this very closed minded, based on the simple fact that it has only been classified as a "disease" in order to proctect those who are addicts so they will not lose thier jobs, insurance coverage, and will be able to recieve help from society. There is no scientific evidence to prove the theory that addiction is a biological cause, meaning that no outside influences can affect it. If someone has diabetes, a stressful home life does not make them produce more or less insulin, however it can cause an alcholic to want to drink.

    I would not recomend this book as anything but a step-by-step intervention guide.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Detailed Enough
    This gives a good overview of alcoholism and the general technique of intervention. The author makes it quite clear that families can intervene on an alcoholic without using a professional in many cases. This is important for families who do not have the money to hire a professional. But I found that the book does not give a great deal of detailed instruction on how to carry out an intervention. I think, after having done a intervention on someone in my husband's family, the book oversimplifies the whole process. There are many issues that cropped up for us that the book did not cover. While this book is worth reading, it is not the best I've read when it comes to giving practical, detailed advice on actually doing the intervention.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best there is to use!
    Sub-titles say what this book provides: How to help someone who doesn't want help! "for families and friends of chemically dependent persons."

    Step by step led help to do this necessary but difficult process. Ends with a most useful "intervention scenario" with also the strong admonition to "seek professional aid" when dealing with cases involving mental illness, violence, etc.

    Short, concise, yet jam full of what you'll need to have prepared for, thought through and rehearsed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars To the point
    This one gets right to the point in teaching, advising and coaching through an intervention in chemical dependency (alcohol, drugs). The advice is sound and rings true throughout. A light is shown into the darkness of the disease and it's effects on everyone, friends, family, co-workers and employers. With 20 million addicted people and a minimum of 4 others being affected by them, this book could serve as an eye-opener for a lot of people. This nugget only takes about an hour to read. ... Read more

    11. Alcoholics Anonymous
    by Not Applicable (Na )
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    Asin: 1893007170
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
    Publisher: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Bible for the Addicted Person
    Why are there so many AA groups around today? You know the answer. This book is a must-have for anyone with an addiction problem. Even if you are a drug addict, and not an alcoholic, you should still get a copy of The Big Book. (If you are an addict, get a copy of the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text as well!) This book lays out a plan for sobreity that has worked for countless others. It contains the twelve steps and traditions of AA, and explains then as well. It also contains chapters called "We Agnostics" (for those questioning the spiritual priniciples of AA/the existence of a higher power) and "To Wives" and "To Employers." Overall it is a great book. But one of the best parts is the stories in the second half. It has tales of recovery from AA pioneers, doctors, as well as young people and people who "nearly lost all". Although this book is written in a bit of an old fashioned way (probably because its about fifty plus years old!), you can get past the "thee" and "thou" wording if you want "what they have."

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings
    I received a copy of this book recently. I haven't read through it in its entirety but I am familiar with the AA program, having attended AA meetings myself and also having friends who are in AA.

    Without a doubt, AA has helped many people. And for that, it deserves the praise and recognition it receives. However, it does not work for everyone. And for those who are not helped by it, it's not a matter of not "working the program" or any other failure on their part. We all come from different backgrounds, some of which are not conducive to the AA approach.

    For example, some people who have been hurt by fundamentalist religions seem to have a natural aversion to AA. It may be because of similarities having to do with self-debasement (You are helpless. You are powerless. You need to turn your will over to a Higher Will, etc.). In any case, it demonstrates the point that AA is not for everyone.

    There is also the issue of intellectual integrity. For unbelievers (e.g. agnostics and atheists), many have reached their unbelief through a deliberative process. So, it is unrealistic to think that one should have to leave one's unbelief at the door in order to be "saved" from alcohol. One need not (and should not have to) prostitute one's mind in order to deal with chemical addiction. Other effective programs (e.g. Secular Organizations for Sobriety; and SMART Recovery) demonstrate that fact.

    That people should not be forced by law to listen to ideas that are contrary to their own conscience seems as American as apple pie. Yet, the current healthcare system is heavily biased towards AA, often coercing people against their conscience. Fortunately, the courts are slowly coming to accept the fact that non-spiritual alternatives exist; and that people should be permitted to go where they receive the best help for their situation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Give it a Try!
    I found the volume to be convincing for me, and a wonderful source of suggested directions, where no other existed before, except by fee or conformity. The book claims all humans have some form of emotional and psychological problems and when this is coupled with alcohol abuse the sufferer can feel hopeless and beyond human aid. This text gave me a new type of perspective into my mind and of others around me. The book never claims to be the only perspective. Give it a try. No one will make your decisions for you, that (Thank God or what ever you choose to be a higher power or not to chose or whatever you want, no rules here) you will get to do all on your own. Perhaps thats why many scoff, because the truth is YOURS TO BE FOUND, and it enflames the scoffers emotionally or psychologically. Finally if you are reading this GO TO A MEETING NOW!!!!!!! P.S. that is not a subliminal message for you cult fans. I would of loved to give my name but it's about being anonymous, you know that stuff about ego deflation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver
    It perplexes me there are so few reviews of this great book. Last time I checked, there were eight -- at least it's double digits now.

    It perplexes me because this book has saved literally millions of lives. For anyone struggling with alcoholism, this is the way to get sober. The principles of the program can -- and have been -- applied to just about any addiction. This program is the foundation of Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and every other 12 step program. This is where it all started.

    My pastor mentioned in church just today how the sprituality of people who've been in 12 step programs is sometimes especially striking. That's true. It's because if a person follows the 12 steps, they will find it a life-changing experience. They will not be exactly the same person they were when they started. For more on this, see a passage in the book known in the program that took its name from the book's title as "the promises."

    If you read this book, also read the accompanying 12 Steps and 12 Traditions volume. The two go together -- though if you read only one read this one.

    The book is especially helpful in dealing with the issue of a higher power.

    The book goes way beyond what someone will find in a typical AA meeting. A person who is attempting sobriety needs this book, a sponsor and the meetings.

    This is, statistically, the best shot there is at sobriety. This book and the program it spawned are an extraordinary gift for those who choose to accept them.

    The newcomer might find the book somewhat dated. Stick with it. It's worth it. And, as time goes by, it will become clearer and clearer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's There If You Need It
    This is a great book. It goes along with a great fellowship. If you have a drinking problem this can help. ... Read more

    12. The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior
    by Craig Nakken
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    Asin: 1568381298
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
    Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
    Sales Rank: 18250
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    graig nakken presents the most recent information on how an individual becomes an addict-including cultural influences and genetic factors-as he examines addiction's causes, stages of development, and consequences. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Now I Understand
    If you are encountering a person with an addictive personality for the first time in your life and find them perplexing and confusing to you, this book will shed insight as to why they act they way they do, what motivates them, and what causes them to become addictive. I was prompted to find out more about the addictive personality because of my future mother-in-law's behavior and attitude toward me. She has been an addictive personality for decades, using a multitude of different substances and events all at once. Though she is across the country and not in our daily lives, the effects of her addiction are felt and impact upon me and her son. I could not comprehend her behavior until now---the book was that helpful at explaining the 'mystery' of her addictive personality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Was the Key that Opened Up My Life
    No exaggeration. I'm considered to be a good person and a success, but have been deeply alone for years. I was trying to resolve an eating disorder when I came across this book. It explained exactly what was wrong, why, and how to heal and recover from not just the symptomatic eating disorder - but from the larger disease of addiction, which I now see has been at play in damaging so many aspects of my life. I wish I'd had this book 25 years ago. Everything finally makes sense. I'm so grateful for finding it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars HIT THE NAIL RIGHT ON THE HEAD
    Currently I am experiencing a new way of recovering because I now know pretty much of what I need to deal with my addiction. My addictive personality ( AP) has shown me out right how she can do whatever she pleases without my permission, today, I have an understanding with (AP) and through reading and re-reading this book by Craig I have been able to establish ways of taking back my life without such a dramtic struggle with AP. I appreciate the person that gave me the book to read because it truly has enhance my way of thinking with my recovery, I can say from my heart that if it wasn't for the grace of my Lord Jesus I probably would not ever have received the opportunity to meet the person who gave me the book to read nor would I have had the opportunity to send these few words to the author or whom ever. Thanks Craig, it does work if you choose to work with it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An important book for understanding society and addiction
    Craig Nakken is a family therapist and addictions counsellor at the Family Therapy Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. He describes the addictive personality as "the most important idea expressed in this book". Nakken believes that some people are more prone to addiction than others. He examines various causes of this including influences in childhood. He does not rule out agenetic element saying that, "In all likelihood, it will be found to be a combination of the two" (environmental and genetic influences). An addictive personality may express itself in any addiction. This has important consequences for treatment. As Nakken observes:- Recovery is not just about breaking off one's relationship with an object or event, though this is of great importance. Recovery is primarily about coming to know one's addictive personality and taking the necessary steps to rid oneself of addictive attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviours. An example of the effect of this is given:- "People in a recovery program for alcohol addiction need to clearly understand thatthey are prone to form a possible addictive relationship with another object or event - food for example. For these people, sobriety acquires a new dimension; instead of only monitoring their relationship with alcohol, they also need to learn how to monitor the addictive part of themselves." Craig Nakken believes that Society "can push a person with addictive tendencies toward addiction". In his book he outlines some values in modern society which are similar to addictive values. For those who are politically conscious this section provides an interesting slant on one effect of a consumer society. The section of the book devoted to the topic of recovery is perhaps the weakest section. This section would have benefited considerably from case studies and more detailed advice. -Reviewed by Patrick Harrington  

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone born after 1945
    This book, written in clear easily understood terms, is a MUST for anyone who thinks or feels they are family, friends or co-workers with someone prone to compulsive behaviour. Those of us who have not been through de-tox and/or a 12 step programme are so deficient in awareness of the illness of addiction as to be unable to understand the effect close proximity to this illness can have upon their own lives. Nakken explains the causes of addictive behaviour and the common theme between all forms of addiction. Whether you work with or for a 'Control Freak' live with an alchoholic or a gambler/shoplifter/over-eater, or have a child who is on drugs/shoplifting, this book is for you. An excellent first step to understanding the 'illness of the 20th Century'.Although revised for the 2nd edition (1996), it lacks a section on 'Further recommended reading', but anyone getting this far should contact the publisher for advice on books on more specific topics arising. ... Read more

    13. Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception
    by Abraham J. Twerski
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    Asin: 1568381387
    Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
    Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
    Sales Rank: 33660
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    using vivid examples and case studies, the author exposes the irrational and contradictory patterns of addictive thinking, and shows how to overcome them and the barriers they create; low self-esteem and relapse. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars rated the best by my colleagues
    I purchased this book in hopes of understanding why the addict does what he or she does. I work with many HIV/AIDS patients, and many of them are addicts. This book was amazing not only to me but to most of the colleagues who have been around this behavior many years. We were actually fighting over this book after everyone was taking about. It was very easy, quick reading, and very clearly stated. I just can't say enough about it. If you read it I can assure you that you will want to share the information and stories you read. Currently my copy is MIA so I am buying another few copies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent For The Professional or The Layman
    Being a psychyology major in college specializing in addiction, as well as overcoming my own personal addictions, I found Twerski's book was excellent. I bought it simply as a text book supplement for a college course, and ended up reading it a few times. He gives a great insight into the mind of the addict, and nice overview of life AFTER addiction and the logical, spiritual, and emotional hurdles forever in front of the affected individual and those around him. I read this just after my third year of abstinence and pulled so much from it in my personal life. Whether you are an addict or just know or have been affected by one, have been through the twelve-step meetings or struggled alone, give it a try. It still sits in my library and is a book I often recommend to those I meet and are dealing with an aspect of addiciton, treatment, and sobriety.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book - but Rabbi Twerski has a better one
    A very good book with the basics on addiction. I especially enjoyed the chapter on spirituality and the addict, although I would have liked to have seen a little more on this subject.

    Twerski's book "The Spiritual Self" has what I was looking for and much more. I think it is a must read for ANYONE on the road to recovery. He explains how the role of the human spirit is essential in the addict's new life and how one does not even need to be religious (although it certainly helps!).

    4-0 out of 5 stars A guide to understanding how the addict thinks
    Finally, in plain English, this book explains how the addict thinks and why he treats himself and others the way he does. It doesn't solve the problem, but it does offer comfort in knowing that you are not to blame. I only wish the book went one step farther in offering some advice as to how to deal sanely with addictive behavior, how to react and perhaps what to expect when you do react. Overall, well worth reading. ... Read more

    14. Participant's Guides Set
    by John Baker
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    Asin: 0310222648
    Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
    Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This set of four participant's guides are part of the Celebrate Recovery curriculum designed specifically for churches. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Celebrate Recovery. At last, real help!
    Celebrate Recovery puts anonymous recovery materials back where they came from, the Bible. God provides the strength to overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups that keep people from being all they were intended to be. Not just for addictions, but a recovery program for the wounded soul. I recomend it for churches, prisons and any other place where real recovery is desired. It is now being used in New Mexico prisons. ... Read more

    15. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
    by Tom Wolfe
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    Catlog: Book (1999-10-05)
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    Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Electric? It Sure Was
    This book probably gives the most detailed and essential guide to the sixties. Being a teenager now, i have no idea what the time period was like, but after reading Tom Wolfes book, i have a pretty good idea.

    The book delves into the heart of 60's America, giving (in as much detail as possible i think) a wierd and wonderful account of people, pranks and LSD. The book is written in a style i have never come across before, Wolfe using very inventive terms. The style itself is used mainly to re-create the feel of the time period, getting the feel of being 'On The Bus', and providing fantastic results.

    Kesey and the Merry Pranksters aren't given bias either. They aren't praised or put down and that gives the book an extra strength. Wolfe using a 3rd person account, simply tells a story (and what a story).

    Some parts of the book are somewhat longwinded, but on a whole its a masterpiece, quite simply a classic. Its certainly different, sometimes providing a somewhat LSD account of things, but wasn't that the sixties in a nut-shell? Probably. This is what Tom Wolfe set out to create, and how well he manages it.

    Reading it now you'll think, "Wouldn't it be great to experiance the sixties for myself. Being on the bus, grooving with Kesey and the Pranksters, playing the cops and robbers game..." and then you realise you only went and got born in the 80's!

    Still, opening the book again will transport there in the comfort of your own home. 'ELECTRIC' and 'KOOL', a must-read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars FURTHUR
    I suppose the style of writing Tom Wolfe chose to adopt for this book was an attempt to try and capture the turned on and tuned in mind state of it's characters. Whether said style has aged well is besides the point. THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST is still a fascinating glimpse into the lives of a group of cultural renegades known as The Merry Pranksters. Their lysregic-fueled adventures are chronicled here in all it's joyous and unpleasant detail. This was the beginning of the 60's drug culture and the cast of characters aboard the bus are fascinating. An entertaining read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Tour Guide to the 60's
    Although I bought this book when it was first out in paperback, I didn't actually get around to reading it until 1993. I wondered at the time if I would have appreciated it more as a teenager or as someone in his 40's. I'm of the opinion that it works better as a retrospective on an indulgent generation rather than a "how to" book for on-going hedonism. I'm sure that there are other opinions on this, however. I must admit that it is really an enjoyable book and one wonders about the extent of detachment or involvement of Tom Wolfe. He obviously spent a great deal of time with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and hung with them long enough to see a beginning as well as an end. I think that the ability of the book to bring things to a conclusion was helpful. Nonetheless, the journey Wolfe takes us through is fast paced and exciting and we meet many familiar names along the way. Perhaps the most surprizing familiar name for me was Larry McMurtry whom I did not associate as one who might have followed that crowd. It was certainly a time of awakening although often in ways that may have been better to sleep off. There is an electricity to the book (as there was to the era) and Wolfe certainly helps keep it charged up. For those who don't know much about the 60's, this book is essential to understanding those times. To those who lived it, this book is a reminder of how much fun it was as well as how lucky most of us were to survive it. Things are different now. As evidence of that, consider our recent president who "smoked but never inhaled". Tom Wolfe wrote something that many of can now read with a red-faced smile. Who knew anyone was taking notes at the time?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Drug Culture Simplified
    Tom Wolfe did an incredible job with this book. The book is interesting because of its' content and also Wolfe's style of writing. Not many subjects can be written about in this fashion: almost broken and incoherent, but completely attatched and perfectly sensible. The books chronicles the lives of Ken Kesey's group of Merry Pranksters with day-to-day happenings and character insights. It tells of where the Grateful Dead got their start, and also catches the great beat generation writer, Jack Kerouac, in his later days. Alan Ginsberg, arguably one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century also appears from time to time throughout the book. This book is a must-read for any aficionado of modern day literature. Read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test! Another Amazon quick-pick I liked: The Losers Club by Richard Perez

    5-0 out of 5 stars Liked it very much
    While not an enormous fan of Tom Wolfe's writing style, I like this book nevertheless. After a few chapter I really got into it, and because of the quirkiness of the situation and characters, I found myslef unable to put it down. It's not your average book. If you like books like "Gravity's Rainbow," "Water Music" by Boyle, or "Bark of the Dogwood," you'll proably get into this work. ... Read more

    16. Allen Carr's Easy Way for Women to Stop Smoking
    by Allen Carr
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    Catlog: Book (2002-12-15)
    Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars It works!
    I didn't want to quit. I needed to quit. I bought the book and because I didn't want to quit I put it away until the cough was, quite simply, embarrassing. Then I thought, with this huge tug-of-war going on (I don't want to quit but I must quit for my health!), let's see if it's as easy as he says it is.

    He deals first with the fear. I NEVER even tried to quit using 'willpower' before because of the fear. I was just too terrified of losing my friend, my companion, and all my coffee/cigarette rituals. He immediately acknowledged that we all think like that. But in fact we have invented these rituals as ceremonies for our next "hit".

    He points out that we don't feel normal any more unless we're smoking because we are drug addicts and in a constant state of withdrawal that makes us feel empty and insecure and which can only be cured by another 'hit'. That nicotine, far from relaxing us in reality, actually makes us anxious because of what it does to the nervous system over time. But the 'hit' creates the illusion of relaxation because it's so much better than the feelings during withdrawal!

    He points out a lot more and does it gently, rationally, entertainingly and never ONCE tries to scare us. And by the time I had finished the book I really was ready to jump to the other side of that proverbial line and say, "Yippee! I'm a non-smoker!"

    This is key: you're supposed to smoke the whole time you read the book. So I'm sure a lot of people read really slooooowly. That's not a bad thing, that's a good thing. This is a book you want to literally live with for a few days, focus on it, re-read it again if you need to, and let it really sink in so it can change your thinking.

    I am so thrilled about this method I called the UK clinic to see what it took to open one of Allen Carr's clinics in the US. I've researched and read a lot of other methods that emphasize the white-knuckling most people go through. This has got to be the BEST method on the market. Allen Carr does a number on your brain - he de-brainwashes you so you simply don't feel deprived when you quit and that means no white-knuckling!

    This book is for women - he has others. Read one of them! This method works! ... Read more

    17. A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps: The Classic Guide for All People in the Process of Recovery
    by Patrick Carnes
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    Asin: 1568380585
    Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
    Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
    Sales Rank: 13246
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    This workbook provides a unique set of structured forms and exercises to help recovering people integrate the Twelve Steps into all aspects of their lives. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Admirable attempt, but more confusing than clarifying
    I believe I understand what the author was trying to get at in writing this book...and the title suggets it, a way thru the work of the 12 steps that is not as stringent or hard core.

    Alas, the results are a muddled and poor written effort. Just go to the first few pages of Step One (which you can read in the preview). All the imagery and allegory to fictional literature immedately obscures the message.

    Of course, some will find help in this book....but you may want to try other books before giving this one a shot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars #1 book for ALL recovery programs
    I recommend this book to every one in ANY 12 step recovery program. I have used it & the 1st step took 90 pages alone, that's how THOROUGH a job this workbook does at helping one build a foundation in recovery. The entire book is 300 pages with LOTS of room to write! I use this with sponsee/sponsor relationships. It covers all addictions whether it is food, sex, alcohol or drugs, relationships, gambling, you name it! It has a very balanced approach to help one see their own powerlessness over becoming an addict in the 1st place & then helps one DO SOMETHING about it. It explores abuse histories for those like me who have suffered all forms of abuse & trauma as a child. FREE Yourself, finally, from the demons of your past that keep you in that shame/addiction cycle. This is the ONLY 12 step workbook that IS as gentle as it says it is, with plenty of breaks. Get to know the you that you have always known you could be, you know, the one who wasn't allowed to EXIST as a child. Words can't express what a miracle this WORKbook has been in my recovery. I've done 1st steps before, but never so completely. For the 1st time, I truly understand & accept powerlessness, and I owe it to the 90 pages of self-discovery this book gifted me with.... Get 2 copies because once everyone sees it, they want one too. Many paths, one journey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars essential 12-step book
    This book takes anyone through the 12 steps. It is a workbook for the addict and/or the coadict. There are many numerous useful exercises and helpful information. I have had this book recomended to me over and over again, and I recomend it for anyone in recovery.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Practical book for people in process of healing
    When one is in the process of recovery, it is sometimes hard to think of different aspects of the concept talked about in the room such as: denial, higher power, etc. Carnes, thourgh his numerous exercises, offers the steps necessary to move through the process of recovery as well as how to proceed, what areas to look at and issues to explore. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A sensitive and inclusive 12 step approach, minus the jargon
    There are so many 12 step books that are lock-steop in their approach. This one is useful for anyone's spirituality -- a balanced and personal approach. Particularly good for those who have struggled with the aftermath of sexual abuse. ... Read more

    18. Exodus from Obesity: The Guide to Long-Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery
    by Paula F. Peck
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    Asin: 0972805028
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: BP Publishing, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 35822
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    In Exodus From Obesity, Paula F. Peck provides the information, encouragement and guidelines for maintaining long-term success after weight loss surgery. Ms. Peck interweaves intelligent discussion with humorous stories about herself and individuals that have faced diet after diet and ultimately chose the gastric bypass procedure. This book is a clear, easy-to-read guide for patients, potential patients, loved ones, parents and friends.

    Based on scientific research and reflecting Paula F. Peck’s many years of personal and professional experience, this clear, authoritative guide provides readers:

    - A thorough, step-by-step approach for undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

    - Lifestyle changes necessary AFTER surgery for maintaining long-term weight loss.

    - Tips for preventing binge eating when hunger returns.

    - Skills for dining out at restaurants, salad bars and parties.

    - Identification of the triggers that set off out-of-control eating.

    - Approaches for overcoming self-defeat.

    - Ways to change a distorted self-image.

    - Methods for restructuring relationships and dealing with sexuality.

    - New attitudes for raising self-esteem and celebrating a new life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Exodus from Obesity
    I just loved this book. As a new post-op, I need a book that helps me take the practical aspects of living a healthy life and incorporates my special needs as a gastric bypass patients. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars When the Hunger Returns
    I manage a large Obesity Support Group in Connecticut. Paula has spoken to the Group four times, and, after the first time, each presentation has been standing room only. She has an open invitation to speak to the Group at anytime.

    I personally vouch that Paula is a compassionate and wonderful person, which shows in her writing. Having been a Registered Nurse for thirty years, she now has dedicated her career to helping the morbidly obese. In this book and in her presentations, she frequently recounts her own experiences and those of others who have had the surgery. Paula's own story is remarkable. Having been morbidly obese all her life, she loss 175 pounds from conventional "white knuckle" dieting only to gain it back. Having exhausted all her options, she courageously chose to have gastric bypass surgery. Why courageous? Because this was the same surgery that killed her sister when it was a pioneering procedure. After her surgery, she lost 185 lbs, has kept it off for over 5 years, looks wonderful and is having a happy life.

    I love the practical and sensible advice her book provides for long-term success -- both in weight loss and in achieving life's goals. Paula wrote me that this book's original title was, "When the Hunger Returns." Much is being written about the procedure itself, but little has been written about what to expect and do AFTER the surgery. And, what has been written by others is often outright wrong or conflicting.

    Weight loss surgery is not an answer in itself. It is a tool. Patients can regain much, if not all, their weight after undergoing this major surgical procedure. And, rarely addressed by others are the lifestyle changes needed to achieve long-term success. Many individuals in my Support Group have never developed their social skills after a lifetime of obesity. Food events, such as, holidays, celebrations and parties are perilous. Many are uncomfortable and feel awkward in social situations. Many think of themselves as still being fat even with their new body. Newfound sexual intimacy is often awkward. Some old relationships with others can be detrimental and undermine the progress because of their jealousy, resentment and/or insecurity over your new body. Paula sensibly addresses all these issues and many others.

    I feel this book is an absolute must for weight loss surgery patients, potential patients, and support people, such as, loved ones, parents and friends. Paula has done us a great service by writing this book. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for anyone who has been affected by obesity
    This was one of the most comprehensive, straight-forward books on this subject I have ever had the pleasure to read. Informative, insightful and a must read. Whether it is you or a loved one who is facing this disease and seeking a cure through drastic, but sometimes necessary measure, you will benefit. The writer truly conveys hope. Embrace it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exodus from Obesity
    What a fine read! Not only does Paula Peck hit every target for worry, but she presents simple, coherent advice on how not to sabotage your own best efforts. I came away feeling smarter, better armed to deal with the new realities of my surgery, and most importantly, like I had made a friend. The best part is that this book doesn't read like a textbook. It's warm and unclinical. Frankly, I can't imagine having the surgery and not having this book in my bag for constant back-up information and support. A must read for anyone on the road to recovery. ... Read more

    19. The Ocd Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    by Bruce M. Hyman Ph.D., Cherry Pedrick R.N.
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    Asin: 1572241691
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
    Sales Rank: 10694
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by the presence of recurrent, intrusive thoughts, impulses, or images (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions). Symptoms include fear of contamination; excessive hand-washing; persistent, exaggerated thoughts of imaginary danger; and compulsive checking and counting rituals. Such symptoms can become so time-consuming and debilitating that they may have devastating consequences.

    Research has established that a combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy is the optimal treatment for OCD. Bruce Hyman and Cherry Pedrick have created an intensive, self- directed program that teaches a person with OCD how to block or postpone rituals, reduce fears, and change unhealthy thought patterns. Included are self-assessments, ways to enlist the help of family and friends, and approaches to overcoming specific disorders. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great New Tool in the Fight to Overcome OCD
    As I am a person who has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and also a facilitator of a support group for the illness for seven years, I am so pleased to have a wonderful, new resource. THE OCD WORKBOOK:Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Dr. Bruce M. Hyman PhD. and Cherry Pedrick R.N. is the first book written about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that I have ever read that provides information in five key areas consolidated into one text. The five areas include:

    1. AN INVALUABLE, DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THE ILLNESS. This information includes an extensive definition of the illness and its symptoms. As is found throughout all of the book, the language is in laymen's terms so that all can learn from the information. 2. PERSONAL TESTIMONIALS. These are placed in various parts of the book to help sufferers and their loved ones better relate to the illness. 3. EXPLANATION OF TREATMENT OPTIONS. There is a very exptensive discussion of various treatment options and how they work. Once again, this is written in a language everyone can understand. 4. EXERCISES TO ASSIST IN TREATMENT. This is probably the most important and unique aspect of the book. As the name of the book suggests, this is a WORKBOOK that offers the reader the opportunity to stop and examine his or her personal situation. By actually writing answers to these exercises, a unique insight into how a person can tackle OCD or how a loved one can be helped is offered. Journalizing is often important in treatment and this book helps a person to do this in an orderly and non-intimidating manner. 5.IDEAS ON HOW TO HANDLE RELAPSES. Unfortunatley, those who are successful with treatment may very well have relapses. It is important to know that this is not a "weakness" or a situation in which a person is not "trying hard enough to get better". It is invaluable for those who have OCD to know that they are not alone even in the face of relapses. I do not remember a book that has handled the topic of relapses in such a positive way; not as a failure, but as a fact of life. The book offers many ways to help a sufferer and his or her family through these times.

    In addition to these five areas, the book is very well laid out in an easy-to-read fashion. It is, as I said previously, thorough in its discussion of all facets of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and also related disorders.

    We are using THE OCD WORKBOOK:Your Guide to Breaking Free From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder as a tool in our support group meetings. By exploring the book as a group, together, the members are beginning to be more open, more informed about the illness, better able to have new coping skills and are more "bonded" as a group.

    I highly recommend THE OCD WORKBOOK:Your Guide to Breaking Free From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to anyone who has OCD, cares about someone who does, or just wants to learn more about the illness. I thank Dr. Hyman and Ms. Pedrick for bring this workbook to us.

    Janis D. McClure, Founder and President The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation of Jacksonville, Inc.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best OCD book out there
    Thanks heavens for Dr. Bruce Hyman and Cherry Pedrick! This is by far the best and most comprehensive book on OCD currently available. This book is clearly written in easy-to-understand language. Not only does it provide an excellently organized self-help program, it also gives vital information for the family members of the person struggling with OCD, something that other books only touch on, at best.

    For anyone dealing with OCD, whether you have it yourself, or are trying to be understanding and supportive of someone you know, this is a must read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool in understanding OCD
    This book is wonderful. An excellent resource for people whom suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and their friends, family, and caregivers! This workbook serves the individual best while under the direct care and supervision of a good Therapist, Psychologist, and/or Psychiatrist! Highly recommended without reservation!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sensible, helpful, and encouraging...
    I've purchased two copies of this book for family members with OCD, and it has helped immensely. It gave me a much clearer understanding of the mind of the OCD sufferer, and helped my loved ones actively participate in their recovery. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A revelation
    This book has released me from the grips of OCD. It is so well argued and lucid that I have now just finished reading it for the 247th time. Tremendous. ... Read more

    20. Under the Influence : A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism
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    Catlog: Book (1984-07-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the disease of alcoholism
    For many alcoholics and those who live with them, it's not enough to know that this disease is a mysterious "allergy." Under the Influence explains the physical aspects of alcoholism in a matter-of-fact, easily readable form. The authors follow the progressive stages of alcoholism with clear descriptions of what the disease does to the way the liver, the brain, and the emotions respond to alcohol at each stage.

    This book explains how the bodies of alcoholics metabolize liquor differently from those of non-alcoholics, and the changes in the brain that take place over years of continued drinking. (It confirms, for example, the observation that many late-stage alcoholics' function deteriorates as they go without liquor for a number of hours). After a complete description of the stages of alcoholism, it provides some insight on intervention and treatment, and some valuable information about treating the physical aspects of the disease in sobriety, with proper diet and rest in addition to AA attendance.

    Nothing in Under the Influence will replace the role of the experience, strength and hope of other alcoholics in helping alcoholics recover. Yet this book provides valuable information, especially about the often-overlooked physical aspects of the three-fold disease of alcoholism.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most understandable, accurate, & helpful book on alcoholism
    I have now read five books on this subject, due to family members and a dear friend being alcoholics. This is the most readable, "states it like it is," book I have read. Many, many questions are answered when reading this book. For me, of particular interest, was Chapter Five, wherein "The Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome" is explains my friend exactly, and the doctors (three so far) are not picking up on his being in this stage, even tho they know he is an alcoholic! The information on types of food is especially good, and the authors are correct, that FEW (if any) doctors discuss the very important role of nutrition counseling!! I am getting three of these for family and friends and feel it will really help them understand others and themselves. I am most pleased to see that it is still in print. I got my copy from a friend about a year ago and just started re-reading it and realized it just "hits the bullet" as the saying goes, and is one that the alcoholism counselor (that originally gave it to me), had UNDERLINED and highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still ahead of its time
    I find the comments that the book is out of date sad, because the vast majority of alcoholism treatment programs as well as public opinion have not yet caught up to this book.

    Milam advances several important concepts:

    1. Alcoholism is a disease like diabetes. Psychology and morality play no role, except in the alcoholic's reaction emotionally to the consequences of the disease [hiding it, seeking help, etc.] If you think this view of alcoholism is completely accepted now, try telling your boss you are an alcoholic.

    2. Milam then explains HOW alcoholism is a disease in fascinating detail. Alcoholics are not addicted to alcohol, but to a complex physical process that happens when they drink. Basically, the alcoholic's body reacts to the presence of alcohol in the body differently from that of a "normal" person, and no amount of counseling/threats/religious conversions can change that.

    3. Alcoholics may not know when to save themselves, and may need help [he shoots down the "hitting bottom" myth]. Do you wait for a diabetic to go into a coma before you help them?

    4. Treatment for the alcoholic must address the poor state of the alcoholic's health and nutrition. Alcoholic tremors, shaking, illusions, paranoia, etc. are caused by alcoholic malnutrition. Alcohol strips the body of water soluble vitamins, particularly the crucial B vitamins, and prevents the liver and other organs from repairing the body.

    The one section of the book I don't agree with concerns the role of government/public agencies in alcoholism treatment. Milam expects too much of them. But that does not affect the brilliance of this book.

    In the reviews here, there are some criticisms that Milam describes only "worst case" scenarios. That is not correct. He clearly describes all the stages of alcoholism, from the "I just want to have fun" stage to the lying in the gutter stage, and he recognizes that the disease progresses differently in people.

    As an alcoholic who has been sober for twenty years, I can't recommend this book enough. It provides hard information, not moralizing.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Outdated and Does Not Tell the Whole Story
    This book needs to be updated. Much as been discovered since the late 70s and early 80s pertaining to alchoholism.

    For one thing, there are many types of alchoholics. Most of them do not drink a fifth of whiskey or more a day. When describing the withdrawal symtoms of an alchoholic, the book paints, for the most part, a "one size fits all" scenario: shaking hands, irritability, nausea being among the most common symtoms and - in the worst cases- DTs and convulsions. What the book does not address, however, is that there are many alcoholics, and/or problem drinkers, that NEED to stop drinking and SHOULD stop drinking, but would not go through any of these symtoms of withdrawal to the degree described in the book.

    In addition, AA has evolved their position regarding antidepressants and similar drugs. They realize that many people do indeed need to take their medication(s) as prescribed, and this does not put them at risk of relapse. (AA publishes a pamphlet addressing this very issue.) Pharmacuetical science has become far more sophiscticated and targeted in the more than 20 years that have elapsed since the writing of this book.

    However, I give this book three stars because it does contain some valuable information and does not stigmatize the alchoholic. However, that is another reason why the book must be updated: alcoholism does not carry the stigma that it did even in the early 80s.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Clearly written but out of date
    This book is a very clear presentation that makes the non-moralistic argument that genetic predisposition of some people causes them to become alcoholics when they drink. This leads to psychological and medical problems. The contrasting view is that psychological issues (or stress) leads to alcoholism which then leads to more psychological and medical problems. I'm neither an alcoholic, nor an expert in this area, and I found it difficult to judge the validity of the author's thesis on the basis of the age of the information presented -- all of it prior to the publication date of this book in 1981. Nevertheless, many other aspects of the underlying physiology, nutritional complications, treatment and recovery are presented in ways that I found to be very informative and interesting. Further, even though this is a book for a non-technical audience, I appreciated the authors'scholarship and referencing. Unfortunately, the cover of the paperback edition (still) proclaims this is a "new approach to alcoholism". Certainly, the physiological and psychological information on alcoholism must have advanced considerably since 1981. Given that alcoholism is such an important health problem to millions of people, the publisher should update the work or change its marketing claims. Because of this, I downgraded my evaluation of it. ... Read more

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