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5.0 out of 5 stars From ignorance to insight..
Many people really don't understand Addiction let alone Recovery, so this is a must for everyone who has been touched by addiction. Also I recommend this product to anyone working or planning to work in the addiction and recovery field. The language and structure of this book is easy to understand and promotes further reading. A++++
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful up to a point
The good news. This is a basic self-help workbook with many positive ideas of how to manage an addiction to the point of recovery. Chapters cover identifying addictions and triggers, overcoming barriers, where to go for advice and how to help loved ones. The style is conversational and clear, and the book serves as a one-stop shop for addicts and friends alike. The...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful up to a point, 11 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Addiction and Recovery For Dummies (Paperback)
The good news. This is a basic self-help workbook with many positive ideas of how to manage an addiction to the point of recovery. Chapters cover identifying addictions and triggers, overcoming barriers, where to go for advice and how to help loved ones. The style is conversational and clear, and the book serves as a one-stop shop for addicts and friends alike. The authors talk to you in plain terms, but they also review some research and give an overview of not just what to do but where to find the various treatments and organisations out there to help you, from hospital admission and medication to acupuncture and counselling.

So what's not to like? For this reviewer the authors should have come clean and admitted that this is at heart an endorsement of the twelve step (Minnesota Model, Alcoholics Anonymous) approach to alcohol treatment. It talks of gambling and sex addiction, but not enough to really support people. It is essentially a problem drinkers manual promoting the twelve-step approach of 'submit to a higher power' and 'alcohlism is a disease', and alternative approaches are damned with feint praise.

For example, alternative self-help therapy groups such as Jack Trimpey's Rational Recovery, which attracts some of the 90% plus who don't find help with AA, is based we are told on one man's 'personal decision to quit', and the 'optimistic' idea that 'human beings naturally recover from addiction'. Not a full or fair analysis of the growing and successful self- help movement of which Trimpey's is just one example. In reviewing conventional treatment models the book gives short shrift to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and overlooks the research evidence which places it ahead of other models for applicability and success rate. Here it is described confusingly only as a 'perspective' and after a couple of paragraphs is dismissed as 'not straying far from [the] everyday', and that its difference from twelve-step approaches is simply 'a matter of emphasis'.

So while this book is a very useful overview with many practical ideas and points from which to explore what might work for you, it is not, in this reviewer's opinion, always a reliable or clear guide to those approaches itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From ignorance to insight.., 29 April 2013
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Many people really don't understand Addiction let alone Recovery, so this is a must for everyone who has been touched by addiction. Also I recommend this product to anyone working or planning to work in the addiction and recovery field. The language and structure of this book is easy to understand and promotes further reading. A++++
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1.0 out of 5 stars Addiction and recovery, not a hope with this book!, 18 Jan 2009
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I bought this book hoping to get some useful advice in supporting my loved one with drug and alcohol problems. I have never read such a depressing book. It made me feel totally despondent and that my partner was a hopeless case. If you really want some good advice may I suggest that you find something that can inspire you and help you to see that problems can be overcome.I would recommend a book with a more positive attitude. My partner is reading Allen Carrs book, How to stop drinking,and already feels encouraged and hopeful. Good luck!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, yet very informative., 18 Jun 2013
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As with the Dummies series in general, this book is easy to read, yet full of great and helpful information. I recommend it to those interested in information about addiction of alcohol, drugs and behaviours such as compulsive gambling, etc. In my case, not being an expert in the matter at all, I find it to be a great source of information on the multiple aspects of addiction and recovery. Thus, even if not all sections are of primary interest to me at the present moment, I know that they are available for reference if needed at a later date. I like the direct to-the-point style and presentation.
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