This book is, in my opinion, the best book on alcohol and drug addiction available. It teaches you Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy both generally and as it applies to alcoholism and addiction. Avoiding the endless debates about is addiction a disease, illness, bad habit, or whatever, the point of the book is that to get over the problems of addiction, the first thing to do is admit it, understand it, and knock it off. This book teaches us to do this rationally and effectively. It also teaches how to deal with life problems that crop up while we're stopping and once we've stopped drinking or using.
I have no problem with AA or the 12 step approach, but it's not the only, or, nowadays, even the most effective treatment for alcoholism and other drug addiction. The old AA saw: Self awareness did us no good, therapy doesn't work for alcoholism, was true in 1935, when AA started. Therapy back then was Freudian, Jungian, or Adlerian analysis. Analysis isn't effective for alcoholism, or anything else really! It's seldom used anymore. Current types of therapy are seldom even about much self awareness. It's more about problem solving and cognitive processes. REBT and other forms of Cognitive Behavior Therapy are often very effective with alcohol and drug addicted people and that's the approach used in this book.
You can use this book in addition to, or instead of AA or other 12 step approaches. It's for people uncomfortable with those spiritual approaches or who haven't acheived sobriety with those approaches. It's for anyone who wants to solve their addiction problems. Period. Get it, read it, and work your butt off on the worksheets and exercises. Keep at it and you'll be successful.