Drug addiction, alcoholism, anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, compulsive gambling, sex-addiction, compulsive overspending, smoking, compulsive overworking, compulsive risk-taking, compulsive helping and compulsive controlling are here discussed as among the many different manifestations of addictive disease.
These apparently disparate behaviours share the characteristics of being excessive, of being mood-altering and of having increasingly negative consequences in the lives of those who are enslaved to them. The damage caused by addictive disease usually extends to parents, partners, children, spouses, friends, relatives and colleagues.
There is increasing evidence that addictive behaviours are related to genetically mediated malfunctions in the production, metabolising and reuptake of neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine etc.) within the brain and Central Nervous System.
This book explains, in a clear and practical way, the thoroughly tested Twelve Step path to recovery and freedom from addiction. The book is informed and enriched by the author's own life and work. In recovery from a number of addictions, John worked for many years in the addictions field.