Introduction: Joseph Gerstein, M.D., Harvard Medical School
Chapter 1: Trick or Treatment?
The genesis of the Recovery Merry-Go-Round.
AAThe Sacred Cow.
The Recovery Group Movement (RGM).
The Addiction Treatment Industry (ATI).
Freedom from addiction and recovery will be yours.
Chapter 2: The Recovery Merry-Go-Round
Operators and Riders.
Professionals and Innocents.
How the disease theory of alcoholism fosters Merry-Go-Round recovery.
"Charlies" rocky Recovery Merry-Go-Round ride.
Chapter 3: God Help Us: The Trouble With Spirituality
AAs religious roots and its faith healing program.
Whos Frank Buchman?
Hello Bill W.
Alcoholics Anonymous in court.
Chapter 4: Heightened Perception: Your Higher, Higher Power
Wake up! The power in thinking for yourself again.
Going beyond the disease myth of alcoholism/addiction and the spiritual remedy of AAs co-founder, Bill Wilson.
The frustration factor.
The feelings trap.
Debunking the dry drunk syndrome.
Chapter 5: Their Truth and nothing but Their Truth
Behind the closed doors of rehabs and 12-step meeting rooms.
Exposing the isolation and information control policies of The Recovery Group Movement and Addiction Treatment Industry.
The Truth Keepers.
Chapter 6: Sticks and Stones: Words That Can Hurt
Learn what they really mean: Addiction, Alcoholism, Denial, Dependence, Chemical Dependence, Tolerance, Intervention, Loss of Control, Blackouts, Preoccupation, Anticipationand what youre up against.
Chapter 7: Decision Day: When Quitting Means Winning
Time to quit.
Cold turkey or medically supervised detox?
Minor and Major withdrawal.
Dos, donts and what to expect.
Chapter 8: Discovery: Building Your Foundation
Making your own peace through Unconditional Self-Acceptance.
Stop recovering and start Discovering.
No more recovery, relapse and powerlessness.
Self-Worth vs. Self-Esteem.
Discover why you really drank and why you want to quit. Discovery of pain/pleasure.
Chapter 9: Minding Your Minds: Your Two Ways of Thinking
Caution: MICA (Mentally Ill Chemical Abuser), Money and You.
RGM poster boys: Robert Downey Jr. and Darryl Strawberry. Distinguishing between rational and emotional thoughts. The Dual Mind Cycle of Addiction.
Chapter 10: The Parasite: Addictions Seductive Self-Talk
The joy of hitting recovery bottom.
Translation: Separating from the self-talk behind addictive behavior: "I want it." "Gotta have it." "Just a few wont hurt."
Chapter 11: P.A.W.N.: Parasite Awareness Warning Neutralize
Ending addictive behavior for goodthe secrets of the self-discovered.
Demystifying the Addiction Treatment Industrys, Abstinence Violation Effect (A.V.E.).
P.A.W.N. Pocket Summary.
Chapter 12: The Myth of Relapse Triggers
The H.A.L.T.Hungry Angry Lonely Tiredconspiracy.
Big Macs, tofu and bean sprouts: The role of diet and nutrition.
Chapter 13: Beware the Codependency Cartel
Wake up! Behind the smiles of Al-Anon, Alateen, ACOA and CODA.
Empowering yourself to live codependent and recovery-free. Codependencys cruelest trick: Enabling.
Break up, put up, shut up or make up.
Discovering: emotional security and self-reliance.
Chapter 14: Ready To Rock
Your liberation from addiction and recovery.
Discovery bonus gifts: Freedom and Time.
A final look at the RGM and The Parasite.
Creating your booze/drug/recovery-free identity.
The power in setting goals.
The brass ring: Welcome to Discovery.
Appendix A: Drugs Used to Treat Addictions
Appendix B: AbstinenceBased Alternatives to 12-Step Programs
Appendix C: What About Moderation
Appendix D: Suggested Reading
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