Overcoming Your Addictions (Overcoming Common Problems S.) Paperback – 17 Nov 2000
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This work uses the Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy approach to help people who cope with the hassle and pain of everyday living by using alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, chocolate or junk food and other substances.
About the Author
Windy Dryden is Professor of Counselling at Goldsmith's College, University of London. He is a prolific author and has written many self-help books for Sheldon Press. The most recent of these is Overcoming Procrastination (2000). Walter Matweychuk is a clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience. He lives in Philadelphia, USA
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Several aspects of this book distinguish it from others: (1) Its firm grounding in cognitive-behavioral principles; (2) Its practical suggestions for dealing head on with REAL-WORLD problems, and (3) its seasoned authors. Regarding its cognitive-behavioral base, the book teaches how additive patterns stem largely from unhealthy thinking styles. It empowers the reader by showing how we create our own problems and, therefore, can gradually change our lives by changing our thinking. People who are addicted to certain behaviors are often unaware of thinking styles that perpetuate addiction. Dryden and Matweychuk outline these maladaptive thinking styles, teach the reader how to challenge these thoughts, and empower the reader with healthier thoughts to better manage addiction.
Second, the book is "to-the-point" and practical. The interested reader can digest it in a weekend. It provides useful strategies for dealing with those recurring "tempting" situations that often lead to relapse. The book offers practical strategies such as building in exercise into life, managing boredom, developing social interests, dealing with discomfort and interpersonal rejection, etc. It informs on how to manage relapse without getting overly demoralized and down on oneself. It teaches us how to take a serious look at our decisions, while also teaching us to use a dose of humor so that we don't take things too seriously.
Finally, the authors have a wealth of clinical and scientific experience that permeates the book. Combined, Drs. Dryden and Matweychuk have treated numerous patients, conducted scientific studies, and have lectured extensively. Because of their backgrounds as scientists, they are able to teach the reader how to think scientifically to better deal with addictions. Training people to think scientifically is indeed a driving force of this book.
All in all, this is an excellent book for individuals managing their addictions or therapists seeking self-help materials.
Myles S. Faith, PhD, Obesity Research Center, St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.