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The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-step Programs and the Rehab Industry Hardcover – 25 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (25 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807033154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807033159
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Like "Breaking Addiction" and "The Heart of Addiction", "The Sober Truth" makes an important contribution to the field by raising central questions about how treatment and self-help programs operate and whether commonly used treatments for addiction are effective. Dodes and Dodes thoughtfully and rigorously trace the history of alcohol treatment and the role of such treatment within the "rehab" setting. Perhaps most importantly, "The Sober Truth" examines the failure of science to provide answers to fundamental questions about addiction treatment. People struggling with addiction deserve more than science has provided, and "The Sober Truth" should stimulate a fundamental dialogue that can move the field forward. Finally, and not to be missed, this book also serves as a treatment guide for anyone seeking help with their own or a loved one's alcohol use."
--Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., "Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance"

"Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes have the guts to take on clearly, perceptively, and with solid scientific grounding the nude king of American addiction treatment: AA and the 12 steps. Not only do these shibboleths yield no benefit for the mass of alcoholics and addicts in America, they leave cold--even harm--far more people than they help. Read this book!"
--Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of "Recover!"

"Provocative, illuminating, persuasive, and lucid, "The Sober Truth" will enrage some, reassure others, but inform all. The Dodes's write beautifully (so rare in this field), and they also hold fast to common sense (also rare) while backing up their contrarian statements with utterly convincing evidence. Read this book before committing to any 12-step course of treatment, then decide for yourself."
--Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of "Answers to Distraction" and "Superparenting for ADD"

As always, Dr. Dodes offers a humane, science-based, global view of addiction. "The Sober Truth" is an essential, bracing critique of the rehab industry and its ideological foundations that we have much to learn from.
--Gabor Mate M.D., author of "In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction"
"Like "Breaking Addiction" and "The Heart of Addiction," "The Sober Truth" makes an important contribution to the field by raising central questions about how treatment and self-help programs operate and whether commonly used treatments for addiction are effective. Dodes and Dodes thoughtfully and rigorously trace the history of alcohol treatment and the role of such treatment within the "rehab" setting. Perhaps most importantly, "The Sober Truth" examines the failure of science to provide answers to fundamental questions about addiction treatment. People struggling with addiction deserve more than science has provided, and "The Sober Truth" should stimulate a fundamental dialogue that can move the field forward. Finally, and not to be missed, this book also serves as a treatment guide for anyone seeking help with their own or a loved one's alcohol use."
--Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance
"Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes have the guts to take on clearly, perceptively, and with solid scientific grounding the nude king of American addiction treatment: AA and the 12 steps. Not only do these shibboleths yield no benefit for the mass of alcoholics and addicts in America, they leave cold--even harm--far more people than they help. Read this book!"
--Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of "Recover!"
"Provocative, illuminating, persuasive, and lucid, "The Sober Truth" will enrage some, reassure others, but inform all. The Dodes's write beautifully (so rare in this field), and they also hold fast to common sense (also rare) while backing up their co

"As always, Dr. Dodes offers a humane, science-based, global view of addiction. "The Sober Truth" is an essential, bracing critique of the rehab industry and its ideological foundations that we have much to learn from."
--Gabor Mate M.D., author of "In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction"
"Like "Breaking Addiction" and "The Heart of Addiction," "The Sober Truth" makes an important contribution to the field by raising central questions about how treatment and self-help programs operate and whether commonly used treatments for addiction are effective. Dodes and Dodes thoughtfully and rigorously trace the history of alcohol treatment and the role of such treatment within the "rehab" setting. Perhaps most importantly, "The Sober Truth" examines the failure of science to provide answers to fundamental questions about addiction treatment. People struggling with addiction deserve more than science has provided, and "The Sober Truth" should stimulate a fundamental dialogue that can move the field forward. Finally, and not to be missed, this book also serves as a treatment guide for anyone seeking help with their own or a loved one's alcohol use."
--Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance
"Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes have the guts to take on clearly, perceptively, and with solid scientific grounding the nude king of American addiction treatment: AA and the 12 steps. Not only do these shibboleths yield no benefit for the mass of alcoholics and addicts in America, they leave cold--even harm--far more people than they help. Read this book!"
--Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of "Recover!"
"Provocative, illuminating, persuasive, and lucid, "The Sober Truth" will enrage some, reassure others, but inform all. The Dodes's write beautifully (so rare in this field), and they also hold fast to common sense (also rare) while backing up theiri

"A searing critique of the rehab industry."
"--Psychotherapy Networker"
"As always, Dr. Dodes offers a humane, science-based, global view of addiction. "The Sober Truth" is an essential, bracing critique of the rehab industry and its ideological foundations that we have much to learn from."
--Gabor MatE M.D., author of "In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction"
"Like "Breaking Addiction" and "The Heart of Addiction," "The Sober Truth" makes an important contribution to the field by raising central questions about how treatment and self-help programs operate and whether commonly used treatments for addiction are effective. Dodes and Dodes thoughtfully and rigorously trace the history of alcohol treatment and the role of such treatment within the "rehab" setting. Perhaps most importantly, "The Sober Truth" examines the failure of science to provide answers to fundamental questions about addiction treatment. People struggling with addiction deserve more than science has provided, and "The Sober Truth" should stimulate a fundamental dialogue that can move the field forward. Finally, and not to be missed, this book also serves as a treatment guide for anyone seeking help with their own or a loved one's alcohol use."
--Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance
"Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes have the guts to take on clearly, perceptively, and with solid scientific grounding the nude king of American addiction treatment: AA and the 12 steps. Not only do these shibboleths yield no benefit for the mass of alcoholics and addicts in America, they leave cold--even harm--far more people than they help. Read this book!"
--Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of "Recover!"
"Provocative, illuminating, persuasive, and lucid, "The Sober Truth" will enrage some, reassure others, but inform all. The Dodes's write beautifully (so rare in this field), and they also hold fast to common sense (also rare) while backing up their contrarian statements with utterly convincing evidence. Read this book before committing to any 12-step course of treatment, then decide for yourself."
--Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of "Answers to Distraction" and "Superparenting for ADD"

A searing critique of the rehab industry.
" Psychotherapy Networker"
As always, Dr. Dodes offers a humane, science-based, global view of addiction. "The Sober Truth" is an essential, bracing critique of the rehab industry and its ideological foundations that we have much to learn from.
Gabor Mate M.D., author of "In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction"
Like "Breaking Addiction" and "The Heart of Addiction," "The Sober Truth" makes an important contribution to the field by raising central questions about how treatment and self-help programs operate and whether commonly used treatments for addiction are effective. Dodes and Dodes thoughtfully and rigorously trace the history of alcohol treatment and the role of such treatment within the rehab setting. Perhaps most importantly, "The Sober Truth" examines the failure of science to provide answers to fundamental questions about addiction treatment. People struggling with addiction deserve more than science has provided, and "The Sober Truth" should stimulate a fundamental dialogue that can move the field forward. Finally, and not to be missed, this book also serves as a treatment guide for anyone seeking help with their own or a loved one s alcohol use.
Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance
Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes have the guts to take on clearly, perceptively, and with solid scientific grounding the nude king of American addiction treatment: AA and the 12 steps. Not only do these shibboleths yield no benefit for the mass of alcoholics and addicts in America, they leave cold even harm far more people than they help. Read this book!
Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of "Recover!"
Provocative, illuminating, persuasive, and lucid, "The Sober Truth"will enrage some, reassure others, but inform all. The Dodes's write beautifully (so rare in this field), and they also hold fast to common sense (also rare) while backing up their contrarian statements with utterly convincing evidence. Read this book before committing to any 12-step course of treatment, then decide for yourself.
Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of "Answers to Distraction" and "Superparenting for ADD""

About the Author

Lance Dodes, MD, has been treating people with addictions for more than three decades. He is the author of "The Heart of Addiction" and "Breaking Addiction." He is a Training and Supervising analyst emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and recently retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He lives in Southern California.
Zachary Dodes is a freelance writer based in Southern California. He earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the University of Southern California.


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