Many people think that what the addict needs is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth: When a person has already lost control over a drug or activity, attempts to control its use almost never work. Because the source of addiction isn't the drug or activity itself but a desire for a mood changer, successful recovery means ultimately changing the way we liveMany people think that what the addict needs is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth: When a person has already lost control over a drug or activity, attempts to control its use almost never work. Because the source of addiction isn't the drug or activity itself but a desire for a mood changer, successful recovery means ultimately changing the way we live, giving up the addictive life-style. Willpower's Not Enough will show you how to change your life-style and to recover from your addiction....
|Title||:||Willpower Is Not Enough: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction and Compulsion|
|Number of Pages||:||288 Pages|
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Willpower Is Not Enough: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction and Compulsion Reviews
I think this book has a lot to say about what the underlying factors are when someone is addicted. It also has practical steps that people can take to get off their substance.
This is an interesting overview on addiction. I did think there were a lot of statements like "addicts want quick-fix solutions" without really explaining what that means from an addict's perspective. I find it hard to believe an addict goes around thinking "I want a quick-fix solution!" It is probably masked as something else. There is *some* explanation of what statements like that mean, but not enough. There were quotes from addicts sprinkled throughout the book, but I didn't really find them helpful in understanding the addict's world view or attitudes. Most of the quotes were things like "On the outside it looked like I had no fear, but inside I'm wracked with it." It's all post-recovery looking back in hindsight. There is no reconciliation of the post-recovery view of their motivations with their pre-recovery view. I want to to get into their minds and know how they were seeing the world and their actions pre-recovery. So... I guess I am saying the "recovered-looking-back-in-hindsight" way of writing comes off as a little judgy and also wouldn't be the best way of piercing someone's denial and having him recognize himself.There were concrete steps to stop using and how to prevent relapse. That part was good. There was also a part about the internal attitude changes you need to make in order to stop having "addictive thinking." I thought that could have been more thorough. Some of the advice only made sense because I've read a lot of other books about cognitive behavioral therapy, personality disorders, personality development, etc.