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Recovery from Addiction : A Practical Guide to Treatment, Self-Help, and Quitting on Your Own - William Cloud

Recovery from Addiction

A Practical Guide to Treatment, Self-Help, and Quitting on Your Own

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9780814716076
Number Of Pages: 248

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Millions of people enter or seriously consider entering alcohol or drug treatment each year. In their understandable state of urgency, most first-time treatment seekers and their loved ones may rush to the first treatment option they encounter. They are unlikely to be aware of why one form of intervention would be a good choice for their particular problem or why some approaches may, under some conditions, actually be harmful. Lacking reliable information, they are unable to make informed choices.

Recovery from Addiction offers a concise, reader-friendly guide for substance dependent persons, their families, and friends to help make sense of the full range of available treatment options.

Cloud and Granfield introduce readers to their options, from inpatient and outpatient programs and today's major pharmacological approaches to alternative therapies including strategies for using the Internet to access support meetings and approaches which do not call for life-long abstinence from the substances now causing the problem. They outline the underlying principles of each program, its pros and cons, and what a participant can expect when entering that type of treatment, guiding readers in choosing the approach likely to be best for them or their loved one. They also provide specific strategies for addicted individuals who wish to consider recovery on their own, without groups or treatment.

A vital resource for addicts wishing to recover and their loved ones, Recovery from Addiction is also a valuable tool for health care professionals, from social workers to school counselors, responsible for referring clients to drug and alcohol recovery programs.

"In Recovery from Addiction, Drs. Cloud and Granfield have illuminated the secret side of addiction. The model of addiction most prominently paraded in American culture today represents a one sided view built on observations of the behavior of a MINORITY of persons suffering from addictive disorders, i.e., those unable to make positive changes without some type of outside intervention. In dispelling the myth of the universality of that model, Cloud and Granfield accurately describe how persons fall into addiction and the characteristics of the majority of this group who develop and follow strategies for unassisted positive change. This book is must reading for addiction students, educators and those desiring a reality based understanding of addictive behavior."

-J. Michael Faragher Psy.D. CACIII,Associate Dean, School of Professional Studies, Metropolitan State College of Denver "An instant classic, Professors Cloud and Granfield carefully show how solving existential problems is the only way people `recover' from the metaphorical disease called `addiction.' Recovery from Addiction should be required reading for anyone who believes addiction `treatment' is necessary, let alone effective."

-Jeffrey A. Schaler,Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Justice, Law and Society,American University, Washington, DC, and author of Addiction Is a Choice "A very up-to-date 'Consumer's Guide' to the best-of-the-best in addiction solutions. A must read for everyone trying to help solve this problem."

-Mark F. Kern,Founder and Director of Addiction Alternatives and Life Managements Skills, Inc.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Consumers' Guide to Addiction Treatment
Overview of Traditional Addiction Treatmentp. 13
Pros and Cons of Entering Traditional Treatmentp. 32
Pros and Cons of Participating in 12-Step Groupsp. 48
New and Emerging Approaches to Quittingp. 60
The Environment of Addiction and Resolutionp. 82
Selecting an Approach That Is Best for Youp. 114
Quitting on Your Own
Quitting the Natural Way: Is Natural Resolution for You?p. 149
Initial Challenges to Self-Changep. 162
Maintaining Your Recovery Naturallyp. 183
Living without Addictionp. 202
About the Authorsp. 223
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ISBN: 9780814716076
ISBN-10: 0814716075
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st April 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.34