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on 16 November 2010
This is a wonderful book, in it Chris Prentis describes the living hell he and his son when through, when his son became a drug addict and how together they managed to find a way to cure him. It is honest and moving, and as a result of this struggle Chris set off on a journey to help others overcome drugs and alcohol, eventually setting up a highly successful clinic.
Chris not being a psychologist has a unique and inclusive philosophy full of positivity and hope. My favorite self help writer, as he has a truly unique and enlightening perspective.
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on 16 September 2008
10 years down the line as a parent and I find this a very helpful read. Anyone involved in drug addiction,or any other addiction, as a user or parent, or as a professional should read this book. At the very least it will form a significant part of your informed education. The only thing I am left wondering is how to get together so many sympathetic and knowledgeable specialists without the need for very rich patients/parents (in the UK). Never the less, that in itself does not mean that the information and methods given are not very effective. The 'cure' is based on an understanding of the addiction condition. In the meantime I will continue to both look for these individuals, and further improve my education for the sake of myself and my daughter.
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on 27 January 2014
Got this book from the library, glad I did three quarters of this book is about passages which is something this book promotes. Ironic how its mainly about passages addiction centre in California. Recovering from substance abuse is very difficult, speaking from my own experience, there are other books out there which are much better. There are places out there which can help you too. Just search on google.
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on 9 November 2007
I have been looking for a good book to give my alcohol dependent (120units a week) ex partner to get into some kind of recovery. Despite what I heard about this Passages rehab place - was not impressed. Far too much of this book - 70 pages, maybe more - devoted to the story of the authors son getting off his addictions. The main useful points were that alcoholism is not a disease (I think some people know this) as the book says - to stigmatise it as such just makes it harder for people to quit (cos they have a negative label - so easier to just drink cos thats what they are - alcoholic). That dependency is usually caused by emotional pain (unless medical reasons such as bodily imbalances) and that's nothing new - and that spiritual beliefs help to fill the loveless void inside - and that there are 4 things that need attention before addiction can be kicked 1) unresolved issues from the past 2) current difficulties that are not being handled well 3) chemical depndency - i.e. the drug itself and any medical issues like low thyroid, hyppoglycaemis, inadequate B1 vitamins - these cause anxiety and get used up fast by in drinking and 4)a conflict between one's beliefs and what is actually happening - i.e. i cant trust people (actually alot of people are trustworthy!), these need to be explored and integrated to a more enhancing and accurate life philosophy. There you have it. An interesting read but not a life changer.
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on 31 December 2013
I found this one boring. I had difficulties even to read the book. There are lots of better books on this subject.
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on 19 October 2007
The fundamental theory underlying this book is that alcoholism and addiction are caused by past events in a person's psychological history. Not only is there no evidence to support this theory but such evidence as there is seems to point, rather, to a genetic origin of addictive behaviours. It is likely that such behaviours are prompted by an inherited mood-disorder, which is inappropriately medicated by the substance of addiction. Recent research also indicates that this underlying inherited mood-disorder is probably associated with a deficiency in the neurotransmitter functions of the brain.

Traumatic experiences may well transform this malfunction affecting mood into active addiction - in the sense that they prompt increased self-medication. But they are not, in themselves, the causes of addiction. The whole basis of Prentiss's method of treatment is therefore extremely questionable.

Chris Prentiss was apparently able to help his son, Pax, to become abstinent. This may have been a function of the father-son bond. It does not follow that his 'home-made cure' will work for anyone else. The extravagant claims made in this book for the efficacy of his DIY system of recovery are very hard to believe - and do not appear to be substantiated by any meaningful statistics.

It rather looks as though this 'miracle cure' is, in fact, a quack remedy.
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