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Heart of Addiction : A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive

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Nobody has had an answer for why people with addictions continue to repeat them -- until now.

For more than twenty years, distinguished psychiatrist Dr. Lance Dodes has been successfully helping people master their addictions -- alcoholism, compulsive gambling, smoking, sexual addiction, and more with a radical approach. Dr. Dodes describes how all addictions have, at their heart, unrecognized emotional factors that explain:

  • Why we feel the impulse
  • Why we feel it when we do
  • What alternatives (really) work in that critical moment

In this refreshing book filled with compelling case studies, Dr. Dodes debunks several such widely accepted myths as:

  • Addictions are fundamentally a physical problem.
  • People with addictions are different from other people.
  • You have to hit bottom before you can get well.
  • You are wasting your time if you ask "why" you have an addiction.
Dodes (psychiatry, Harvard Medical School) argues that human emotions, not genetics or disease, is the central driver of addictive behavior. He presents a self-help guide that uses descriptions of case studies to demonstrate his central thesis that addictive behavior is primarily about gaining a (false) sense of empowerment over feelings of helplessness. It is rage at this helplessness that drives addiction. Addiction, therefore, is a displacement for other actions that could address feelings of helplessness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 257
Genre: Self Improvement
Sub-Genre: Substance Abuse + Addictions / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Lance M. Dodes
Language: English
Street Date: January 1, 2003
TCIN: 11564589
UPC: 9780060958039
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-0790
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