- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Hazelden Trade; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Sept. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568381298
- ISBN-13: 978-1568381299
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behaviour: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior Paperback – 30 Sep 1996
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From the Back Cover
For nearly a decade, "The Addictive Personality" has helped people understand the process of addiction. Now, through this second edition, author Craig Nakken brings new depth and dimension to our understanding of how an individual becomes an addict. Going beyond the definition that limits dependency to the realm of alcohol and other drugs, Nakken uncovers the common denominator of all addiction and describes how the process is progressive.
Through research and practical experience, Nakken sheds new light on:
Genetic factors tied to addiction
Cultural influences on addictive behaviors
The progressive nature of the disease
Steps to a successful recovery
The author examines how addictions start, how society pushes people toward addiction, and what happens inside those who become addicted. This new edition will help anyone seeking a better understanding of the addictive process and its impact on our lives.
About the Author
Craig M. Nakken, MSW, CCDP, LCSW, LMFT, is an author, lecturer, trainer, and family therapist specializing in the treatment of addiction. With over twenty years of working experience in the areas of addiction and recovery, Nakken presently has a private therapy practice in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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So what to do? Well the book stands very firmly in the 12 step tradition and the second part of the book describes some of the key concepts in this type of recovery: meetings, sponsors, higher power and so on. It isn't really a how-to book, it rather sets out some the key thinking behind that tradition. The how-to, of course, would be attending the meetings and following the programme. The author seems convinced that 12 steps programmes work well, and that individual counselling doesn't.
It's a clearly written shortish book and I hope it is useful to anyone looking for help. To my mind it does, however, take a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery by staying so close to the 12 steps. Some of its generalizations about what addicts experience and how they behave do seem simplistic - surely not all addicts are alike?
So, in conclusion, what have I gained from reading this book? A plausible account of how addiction develops and takes hold; and an explanation of the key elements in a conventional approach to recovery. So I'm a bit the wiser, but suspect there are more angles on recovery than are mentioned here.
It begins well discussing the addict as a sufferer of a disease - but draws a tenuous conclusion that it is a disease of spirituality. And from there it's only serious recommendation is that the addict needs to find God.
In addition, the only practical advice that is offered is that the reader should join a twelve-step program. Great idea, if you live in Manhattan. Not such a brilliant plan for someone in Kilburn.
To summarise, this book starts well, tails off in the middle and the less said about the end the better. It does give some insights into the behaviour of addicts and what they search for through addiction. However it's thinly veiled theologian bias does nothing to make this a serious contribution to literature on the topic, nor does it allow people suffering from the problem any opportunity to cure themselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautifully written and easy to follow book that touches the very heart of someone who suffers from the pain of addiction in their lives.Published 4 months ago by Patrick Walsh
Great book, informative for professionals and non-professionals, an easy read.Published 7 months ago by Patricia
It's amazing book very interesting indeed helpful and has helped me no end . I have a addictive personality and it's helped me understand the process a must buy for anyone who... Read morePublished 8 months ago by skarlet kray
Very helpful informative book. Arrived earlier than expected well packaged very pleasedPublished 11 months ago by Mrs Lesley Williams
Excellent copy, arrived in 5 days, absolutely no problems at all. Very Happy. Tony LeePublished 19 months ago by Tony Lee
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