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The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure contains the incredible three-step program to total recovery that is the basis of the miraculous success of the Passages Addiction Cure Center in Malibu, California, the world?s most successful substance abuse treatment center. While traditional treatments have a relapse rate as high as 80% or 90%, the world-famous Passages has a cure rate of 84.4%. This revolutionary book shows how you or a loved one can follow the same successful program used at Passages with the help of health professionals right where you live. You?ll learn the three steps to permanent sobriety, the four causes of dependency, and how to create your own personalized treatment program?one that gets to the real, underlying causes of dependency. The book also shows how your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs are key factors in your recovery and how you can stimulate your body?s self-healing potential to be forever free of dependency. The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure will show you how to end relapse, end your craving, and end your suffering.
- Nothing really new, and a little dangerous
First of all, let me get this out of the way. I am an AA member, but I have a very open mind. I could relate to a lot in this book, and that is probably because a lot is borrowed from the 12 step program. The biggest one being "drugs and alcohol are not the real problem". Funny how every non-AA program seems to agree on that. This one finite fact follows an old Chinese proverb, "if we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are heading". AA states, "The same man will drink again". I have read the Rapid Recovery method, as well as Moderation Management. If all parties agree that the booze and drugs are not the real problem, then the real issue is how to go about living without the "crutches".
If is funny how these programs always bash AA, but AA does not bash them. This is because that is not part of a spiritual life that AA folk, who are serious, strive for. This man says that alcoholism is "not a disease". Hmmmm. First of all, I did not know he was a doctor. Secondly, it has been proven by studies at Oxford, The Mayo Clinic, Boston University, and others, that alcoholics, born with the D2 gene, do not process alcohol like temperate drinkers. Third, alcoholism is a recognized disease by the AMA. (He says for insurance purposes).
I leave you with this. I have a 159 I.Q, work for a Fortune 50 company, and am very musically and artistically talented, but given all that, I could not "think" my way out of addiction. The Big Book of AA states this. I tried Church, therapy, friends, moving around, changing jobs, girlfriends, brands, types, and amounts of alcohol. Nothing worked. This is because I have had a feeling of being "different" my entire life and did not really fit in, although I was wildly popular. In AA, I do feel like I belong. And the Big Book nails me every time. Even 70 years later.
If you are looking for a better life, a life without booze and or drugs, I hope you find it, no matter what type of help you choose. Just be weary of people who have only been around only 5 years and have a ridiculously expensive treatment center in Malibu. Another one who was anti AA was Audrey Kishline, founder of Moderation Management. We all know what happened to her. Peace be with you, and hope you find sobriety.
- MISLEADING TITLE
After seeing the advertisement and reading a few reviews I was excited to purchase this book so that my family and I could gain insight into helping our loved one who struggles with drug addiction. I think that anyone who has faced the demon of drug addiction is always searching for that magic potion that would make it all go away. That's what I thought and hoped this book would be. It was not. This book does contain some very key insights into the problem of drug addicts and their way of thinking. But more than half of the book told the story of the drug addiction of the author's son and the actions brought forth because of his addiction. Anyone who has ever been involved with a drug addicted loved one has enough war stories of their own without reading about someone else's. We all know they will lie, cheat and steal for the next one, so that was a little bothersome to me because his son's road to recovery may not be the next man's road and to spend over half of the book recalling his journey through addiction was basically old news to me. If you have unlimited financial resources then this book is for you because it basically is the program for the famous rehab center in Malibu, CA which I don't know anyone who can afford that. In the end, I believe that information is power and we need all the power we can get to fight to save our loved ones from the depths of hell that is drug addiction. Not a complete waste of money but not a "CURE" either....more info
- The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure
By far the most logical, intelligent, and practical analysis of this subject I've ever seen on this subject and I've seen a lot! Thank you Chris Prentiss. I'm immediately ordering additional copies of your book for interested and intelligent friends and family. By the way, I noticed WITH GREAT INTEREST a previous "ONE STAR" review of your book submitted in late March that went on and on broadcasting the reviewer's pride in his own atheistic views along with his damning of AA with faint praise. I'd give that review FIVE STARS FOR POMPOSITY! Reminds me of my experience in grad school at one of the most liberal, if not THE most liberal university in the United States. That review of your book drives home the primary reason why your book, a very effective debunking of current mainstream thinking re treatment rationale is so very, very important and unique. Thank you again Chris Prentiss for your work and insight. ...more info
- Amazing approach to treating addiction.
In his "Alcohol & Addiction Cure," Chris Prentiss has discovered a system involving an amost Freudian technique to finding the reason we become addicted to alcohol and drugs. Without denegrating (too much)the traditional solutions of AA and similar programs, he claims that the root of the problem is not an ingrained penchant for self-destruction through substance abuse, but the need to self-medicate ourselves against real or perceived emotional pain, guilt or trauma. Tradional methods of treating addiction immerse the addict in a life-long state of a past/present condition; Prentiss' "cure" purportedly frees the addict of that stigma and places him/her back in the realm of "normalcy." Although traditional rehabilitation treatments admit a 95% failure rate, Prentiss claims a 95% success rate: impressive.
Although I do not agree with his final premis that "all tragedies in our lives happen for some good," the concept of his unique approach to treating addiction certainly has more than enough merit to invite further exploration. ...more info
- Read the First Six Chapters
Read the first six chapters. Then, throw the book away. I guess hope does spring eternal. I am sure that a lot of troubled people really hoped that there would be an answer in the book. While there is no "answer", it does provide a glimmer of hope for those poor souls who have been brain-washed into thinking that their situation is hopeless unless they walk around all day saying that "I'm an alcoholic", or "I'm an addict".
Also, the re-emphasis that there is an underlying cause for their dependency may be useful to some. ...more info
- Alcoholism and Addiction Cure
I really enjoyed the author. Chris Prentiss has been there, so his view is real. This book gives hope to a close friend of mine who is dependant on alcohol. The fact that you are in charge of your life,you, not alcohol,is a fresh look at your future. ...more info
- Helped me stop drinking!!
This book was great for me. period. I have been battling with drug/alcohol abuse for the past 10 years until one day I decided I had to stop. That's when I ordered this book that really helped me understand the underlying cause of why I was drinking. It was then that I was able to stop. The book does go into depth about different holistic/medical doctors that can help you..but ultimately it's up to YOU to make the decision to quit. This book is for those who are ready to get sober...it's a great first step. And if you're strong like me you can quit the drinking easily. I didn't see a doctor, I just read this book and made a commitment to myself that I wouldn't wreck my mind,body,and soul with alcohol and drugs anymore. I know not all people will be able to do what I did, but you'll never know until you get this book! Thank you Chris and Pax for sharing your story and helping me to understand why I was abusing alcohol/drugs in the 1st place, and then helping me to face up to that "why". Thank you!...more info
- There is a cure!
This book not only offers hope, but outlines very practical ways of understanding and ridding yourself of this dependency. I would recommend that even "recovered" alcoholics (and anyone with an "addiction" problem) would gain insight and relief from reading this book. Chris Prentiss is a healer and visionary....more info
- Mixed--Useful and Costly. No Discussion of PRO-ADDICTION TICK INFECTIONS
I would add that infections that most labs miss like Atypical Bartonella,untreated Lyme disease and Babesia can increase inflammation, discomfort, agitation, and brain chemistry trouble and add to the biology. Most addictionologists have no idea what these infections are, and that the dummied down national labs do not even test for most human species usefully. But none of these are rare.
- THE BIG BUCKS ADDICTION SCAM
Do not expect too much help with your addiction from reading this book. While there were some worthwhile, warmed over insights this book is essentially a lengthy promotion for their in-patient recovery program costing tens of thousands of dollars. There is nothing in the book that helps you get unhooked from your addiction without their clinic and/or a myriad of experts trained in their methodology. If you visit their web site they have quite an array of goods for sale to "assist" in your recovery. This is a product mill, for sure. Lot's of promise, no delivery. ...more info
- The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure= A holistic approach to total recovery
I wish everyone struggling with addiction of any type would read this book. This is not new information, just resisted by the average person because it's safer to stay average. If you truly, really want to be skyrocketed into the 4th dimension you so often hear about, then this book will (with it's extensively researched and proven method of healing) have to be taken to heart and accepted. Be corageous! Go back and get that little girl or boy, (your inner child) you abandoned so long ago. STRETCH, RISK, OR DIE! as Ronda Britten talks about in her book Fearless Living. I took the Alcoholism and Addiction Cure to show some friends at AA, and I felt so sad for them because they could not entertain the idea, just for a moment, that AA's 70 year old paradigm, or belief that they have been struck with a life long disease, COULD BE wrong! No, I choose not to drink, but my life long chronic depression is gone, and I am an integrated whole person now after doing the healing work, and truly see myself and this entire planet radically different than before when I was covering up my anxiety and pain with liquor and pills. Since I read this book, sitting in an AA meeting is a whole new experience because I have a more evolved perception of addiction. Step-1 should be more specific and read: My feelings were unmanagable. Step-4: Took a fearless inventory of my FEELINGS! FEEL, DEAL, HEAL! Alcohol is NOT the issue!!!!!A disruption in your energy due to underlying anxiety is! This book not only explains the truth of the problem, but has given you the path to healing on a silver platter. The only question now is how badly do you want the brass ring?? Carrie from Cameron Park...more info
- Right on the spot
The first half of the book was great, it provided insight and a terrific analysis of addiction and the potential for cure, the second half was a little redundent but overall the book was great...more info
- Book Review
Great Book! A lot of really good information to help understand addictions, which in turn helps understand how to plot a course to overcome addictions. A lot of resources suggestions included....more info
- People are putting a price on life here.
I have noticed that some posters are upset about the price of being "cured." I am not an addict, but my best friend was, and I would have sold my house out from underneath me if it could have cured him.
I knew that he had a real problem when he was fourteen years old, and knew where he was heading from my experiences in college -- people I knew. He was given an unnecessary tonsillectomy, and the well-meaning surgeon prescribed (Acetaminophen) #4 (with codeine). This was in 1971.
I have taken the same drug, without problems, usually for dental pain. I have never taken it for more than two days.
Well, my best friend was introduced to the same feelings that I get when I do something exceedingly well, only his performance dropped off to near zero. Later, he met a junky nurse, and I knew that it was game-set-match. I intervened and ran her off.
I knew I had no control over his addictions, but I did everything I could do to buy time. He finally went to a detox center and became a sponsor at Narcotics Anonymous. By this time he was married, and my wife learned that they were beginning to use again (she went through detox with him), and I had a decision to make. Something told me that he would not survive the year.
He had learned that narcotics lead to institution, jail, and death. Well, he was arrested for "uttering a forged instrument," which is to say, forging a prescription. Back to detox.
By this time, he was, in my opinion, too old for me to treat him as a child, and I made it clearly known to him that I would be there to intervene only if he asked. I had pulled him out of desperate straights before, but against his (temporary) will.
His junky wife found him dead one Christmas morning, about ten years ago. He had accidentally overdosed. I had an intervention plan set up for the 26th, and missed it by one day.
One of the lines of a poem I wrote to him before his first detox included, "May you find peace in Oaklawn's Gardens, and Sleep the Never-Ending Sleep you Seek. I have seen it all before, but this was my best friend Keith." I hope, somehow, that he did find that peace. He was a gifted person, and my best friend. I frightened him with that poem, and in his last days, he somehow knew what was going to occur. He reported "lucid dreams, where he was with (a friend who had died of drug abuse). I was supportive, and only this one poem was pessimistic.
A copy of that poem is in his casket. It should not be forgotten that people do manage to become addicted to drugs and return to a normal life. These drugs were designed for pain, not getting high. He slipped away one day before I was going to intervene with his recovered addicts alongside me.
If you have an addicted friend, their life is in your hands. Please do not forget that. The price of the regimen in this book is the price of life. Find a way to do whatever it takes, or lose your friend or loved one.I know this post is too long, but it, like and along with the book, will save lives.
- alcohol and addiction cure
This book/audio CD is great for anyone who wants to quit drinking and/or using drugs. I have been to other Rehab centers and AA but neither has worked. After many stints in rehab and AA ,I felt comletely hopeless and I decided to give soberity one last shot and I'm glad I did. This book has given me what no other program has been able to give, and that is HOPE. This common sense approch to soberity is the way all rehab centers should be.This is a truely wonderful program that has saved my life. ...more info
- The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure book review
I am completely satisfied because I received the book quickly and in good condition. The supplier was a pleasure to order from, and I would order from them again. ...more info
- Can be costlu
I really think that this program can work, but with all of the counselors and Psycologists that are required, this is a very costly process....more info
- Terrific and so logical.
What I've always thought, now in a book.
A logical and effective way to help those who are addicted to any type of
The bonus of this book is that the personal experience of Pax Prentiss is so well
written that I actually felt his crisis. And to think I almost skipped over it.
This is a must read....more info
- who cares why an addict drinks or takes drugs?
I'm watching CNN Sunday morning, and every commercial seems to be for this book, so I read up on it. It really doesn't matter why a person started drinking to excess - what matters is: don't take the first drink. Speculating about underlying causes is akin to having a poison arrow in your side that needs to be removed, and you are wasting time trying to decide who shot the arrow, who made the shaft, feathers, what kind of bow it was shot from etc. Meanwhile the poison is killing you. (Thanks to the Buddha for this metaphor). The first thing is: don't take the first drink!! ...more info
- Lifechanging book
this book speaks to the issues of addictions / addictive behaviors in a way I've never read / heard before. A must read for anyone struggling not only with addiction, but the conventional view of and treatment of said addiction....more info
- Awesome Book
This book said so many things I've been thinking for years about 12 step programs.The idea of alcohol or drug addiction being diseases never really made sense to me. Everyone has their own opinion and I thought this book was packed with great ideas....more info
- Marketing at its best, Research at its worst
I am a Licensed Psychologist with expertise in Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. I am not bias in any way for or against the book. However, it is not very scientific and sound. The author makes very contradictory statements. He allows his son, Pax, to write about when he was in the throes of his addiction. Pax's 10 years of active addiction underscores that it is a disease and that you are powerless without intervention. The author goes on to say that addiction is not a "brain" disease. But, his son's behavior said otherwise. In addition, the author acknowledges that one cannot drink or drug again, once "cured." How does this differ from addiction being a disease? Semantics? The author doesn't believe in the saying," once an addict, always an addict." However, the notion that once you've been addicted, you cannot use the drug or substance again, implies the same thing.
I agree that underlying issues maintain addictions. I am a proponent of Dual Diagnosis. However, that does not negate the fact that once the individual has crossed over to addiction, the brain has been altered (for most, permanently). The recovery process should consist of symptom reduction as well as exploration of underlying issues.
I did not find this book to be research based or helpful. Maybe for a layman, unfamiliar with the field of substance abuse or mental health, this book could be found innovative and useful. The most interesting chapter was Pax's chapter as he underscored the "disease of addiction."
- not worth it
this book was unimpressive to me. just a waste of money as very little in it is of much use....more info
- A different way to look at addiction
This book is very inspirational, especially if it is you who are fighting drugs or alcohol. It gives a very different way to look at addiction. It is not traditional 12 step which is something I rebel against. Instead it has you look at your addiction from the reasons of why you abuse drugs and alcohol. Most traditional treatment only addresses addiction as the problem, but this book points out that addiction is only a symptom of your underlying problems. It gives the author's 3 step approach to digging deep to solve your addictions from the underlying problems. The author runs a treatment center in California that has a higher success rate than other treatment centers. The book also has the author's son's addiction story and how this plan has worked for him....more info
- The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure
Anyone suffering from an addiction would do well to read this book. It treats addictions as cureable rather than an incurable disease. It certainly is "food for thought," and not to be dismissed out of hand because of the word "cure" in the title....more info
- Book Review
This is a fantastic book for addicts as well as people whose lives are affected by living around/with an addict. I believe this is the answer. If someone really wants to quit, this is the way to do it....more info
- This book will save lives
I found this book insightful, uplifting and empowering. The author tells the story of his son's 10-year addiction to heroin, cocaine and alcohol. What is so amazing is that the author never accepts the platitudes about alcoholism & addiction and never gives up on his son, Pax. He debunks the myths that "alcoholism and addiction are diseases" and "once an addict always an addict" and shows us that "relapse is NOT part of recovery" but part of a system of treatment that doesn't work because it doesn't treat the real,underlying causes of alcoholism & addiction. After fighting his son's addictions for 10 years, the father helped his son finally figure out the underlying conditions that were causing his abuse of drugs and alcohol. That opened the way to Pax's cure. Chris and Pax then opened their own recovery center in Malibu, CA, so they could help cure others. They have an 84.4 % success rate where traditional treatments have a relapse rate as high as 80 or 90%. This wonderful book shows how you can develop your own personalized, holistic treatment program (uses integrative medicine--traditional plus the best of alternative medicine) with practitioners right where you live. The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure reveals the three steps to permanent sobriety and the four causes of dependency. If people buy this book for loved ones who have problems with drugs and alcohol, many lives will be saved. ...more info
- alcoholism treatment
I like the fact that it gives a more flexable approach to recovery than the very rigid (although , successful ) suggestions put forth by AA and NA. It looks to the underlying causes of the repatative destructive behaviors associated with alcoholism (in my Case). One more tool to help those still suffering that have a bias towards AA and other 12 step recovery groups.
Jim Bowen...more info
- Very interesting
This book was well worth the time to read, no matter where you are at in your life. It makes a strong point that addictions can be cured instead of lived with like a disease forever. I did not agree with their approach on spirituality and some of the Chinese healing philosophy, but I still learned a great deal that helped me and I think would definitely help others. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you have a friend or loved one who struggles with any addiction. Certainly, the same would be true if one personally suffers from the same. If the success statistics from the approach used in this book are true, anyone with any addiction should read this. It is much cheaper to buy this book from Amazon, brand new. It sells in many places for over twice as much as I paid for it on Amazon....more info
- Alcohol and addiction cure
It's a thinking out of the box way to fight an addiction. Very good book...more info
- Author is on the right track but misses a BIG piece of the puzzle
I give the author credit for being outspoken about the topic. But he just isn't knowledgeable enough to take an authoritative approach to the subject although he comes off as though he is on the ads. His premise is correct that an addiction is the body and minds way of getting something that it needs. But he leaves out too many cures and doesn't discuss some of the worst addictions at all - like eating disorders, gambling. There are much better books in my view that explain chemical dependence and treatments....more info
- The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure by Chris Prentiss
This book was loaned to me by a friend in recovery. My friend needed to send his copy to his mom which prompted me to buy my own copy.
This book's explaination of dependency and healing is addressed on all levels. Cellular, emotional, spiritual and more is explored. I found many, many answers to help me in further strengthening my new life in recovery.
The importance of nutrition, health, rest, prayer, and happiness were made more understandable to me while enjoying the education this book provided me.
Ultimately, my belief in universal harmony is my greatest ally. *****...more info
- OK BOOK, BUT NOT A CURE
I AM AN ADDICT.... AND I UNDERSTAND TRYING TO FIND THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF MY USING DRUGS. BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THIS BOOK WAS A COMMERCIAL FOR PASSAGES (WHEN I CALLED THEY TOLD ME TO COME UP WITH 68,000 DOLLARS). I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD ALL OF THE COUNSELORS AND HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS THEY ADVISE I USE. HOW COULD I AFFORD TO GO FOR 30 DAYS TO A PROGRAM THAT MAY OR MAY NOT WORK. WHEN I GOT TO THE CHAPTER OF THE BOOK THAT TOLD ME TO GET ALL OF THOSE DIFFERENT DOCTORS, I WAS HEARTBROKEN. BECAUSE OF THE TITLE OF THE BOOK, I HAD SUCH HIGH HOPES, BECAUSE I THOUGHT THIS WAS IT, THIS WAS THE ONE THING THAT WOULD HELP ME GET OVER MY ADDICTION FINALLY. BUT AS EVERYTHING ELSE I'VE TRIED IT FAILED ALSO. I AM GOING TO TRY THE ACCUPUNCTURE AND MY MEDICAL DOCTOR IS WEANING ME OFF OF OXYCONTIN RIGHT NOW. BUT THAT IS MY PLAN. I PRAY AND PRAY AND PRAY THAT IT WORKS. MY FAITH IN GOD IS WHAT WILL PULL ME THROUGH THIS, I KNOW IT. THE ONE THING IN HIS BOOK I TOTALLY AGREE WITH IS THAT EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE.. GOOD OR BAD ALL WORKS TOGETHER FOR OUR GOOD. EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE, EVEN BEING ADDICTED TO DRUGS, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW I AM LEARNING A LIFE LESSON. AND THAT IS A GIFT FROM THE LORD. ...more info
- TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK
Anyone who does or has ever known the trials of dealing with addiction -- either with themselves or a loved one -- needs to know there is hope for a healthy life without the pain of whatever the underlying cause of the addiction. Freedom from any substance is possible when you truly can believe and understand the truth about WHY addiction happens. Just as with human health in general, there is true healing when we realize that any and all illness and disease can be completely healed by learning how our bodies will heal themselves. When we understand that pharmaceutical drugs, surgery, and anything other than natural healing are only "bandaids" -- never a CURE -- then and only then will we find true health and happiness. This book helps to reveal those truths, and point you in the direction of positive change and knowledge that is about finding the way to the truth about ridding lives of addiction to any substance. Buy one for yourself and everyone you know, it can change lives!!! Thank you!!!...more info
- Saved a Friend's Life!!
This book literally saved my friend's life. Changed his whole perspective and responses to environmental stimuli....more info
- A must read for everyone affected by an "alcoholism"
This book has valuable information for you and your family. It has helped us tremendously. Thank you for reading....more info
An alcoholic for 15 years, the 12-steps don't work for me because I don't want to turn my life over to a religious cult. I sobered up using Rational Recovery, but it was difficult to say the least.
I saw an info-mercial for this book, and found some of it helped me even after sobriety.
It was great to finally read someone de-bunk the ridiculous "disease" idea!
It wasn't a disease that put the beer to my mouth, it was my hand....more info
- Chris Prentiss the Saint
I think that this book does a great job convincing people that addiction is caused by escaping from unresolved painful issues, not from the drug itself. The addiction to the drug Chris calls it dependency that can be dissolved within 3 weeks to 90 days. The story of his son is heartbreaking and is proof that Chris Prentiss is a saint and holy man. Thank God, for the people in the world trying to bring more joy and reduce the pain a person has to go through in a lifetime. I think this book will work better with some additional readings on eastern philosophy, which seems to be the foundation of Chris's personal faith. ...more info
- Great perspective
This book helped to give me a different perspective of my husband's issues with alcohol. This book gave me hope that a cure to alcoholism is possible if someone is willing. The chapter that helped me personally the most is the one that talks about nothing that happens is bad or wrong. I'm not someone who believes that AA works for everyone and this book explains that if someone is willing to get to the under issues and stop using alcohol as a coping mechanism, a cure is possible and someone can stop drinking for good and not white knuckle their way through life....more info
- Weird and illogical
I suspect that this book will resonate for some people and not others. If it resonates for someone, then I think that's great. One takes help where one finds it.
For me, though, this book reads like new-agey warmed over 12 step, plus vitamins, acupuncture and massage. I don't see any basis for Passage's claims of being the most successful treatment program in the US; it looks to me as if they do the same thing that 12 step rehabs do--they measure their success by counting only the clients who are successful. You can come up with a great number when you say "it works for all the people it works for." What I want to know is if a person walks in the front door, how likely is it that person is sober a couple of years later? But they never tell you THAT number!
I also have to say that I was not terribly moved by all the angst-riddled material about Pax Prentiss's addiction. It's not that I don't think his situation was horrible, it's just that it's not unique. Every one of us who has been addicted or has had an addicted family member knows the drill, knows how bad it gets and how frustrating it is, and it gets old. If I wanted to hear a drunkalog I could go to an AA meeting and hear one any day of the week...C'mon. ...more info
- A Contradiction to the "Rule"
I too, am a "recovering" alcoholic with 23 years of sobriety, and I am very grateful for the gift of finding the treatment that worked for me. I stumbled across Chris Prentiss quite by mistake today, after taping a 30 minute program on the subject "Alcoholism and Addiction Cure." I felt like I had found someone who heard the same "voice" that I had heard within myself for the past 20 years. I too, consider myself an intelligent (I cannot tell you what my IQ is and I am still going to college, part time, and working full time for a large healthcare concern, but I consider myself extremely intelligent and open to new ideas)and open minded individual.
What I do know? I come from a family of addicts; my father's father emigrated from Germany before Hitler's control over that country was irrevocable and he was an alcoholic who passed the "disease" down to his sons - my father, the youngest son, died an alcoholic at the young age of 58. I will not go into detail about my childhood traumas other than to say that I began my journey into my own addiction (lucky me, my drug of choice was alcohol) when I was 15 years old. It culminated with my experiencing panic attacks in my early 20s and subsequent heavier drinking ensued in my desperate attempt to quell my rising panic attacks - I was running away from my childhood pain and I was self-medicating.
What I discovered, quite by accident and to my great relief and immense gratitude was a therapist, who was one of, if not "the," early humanistic therapists in the treatment arena. This woman walked with me through my treatment, unpeeling the layers of protection that I had wrapped by battered and abused psyche within and, after seven years of on again, off again, therapy (each new level, each new unveiling, opened doorways that I had shut and hidden behind) I walked into my first Al Anon meeting and within a month's time, my first AA meeting. I remember the intense self loathing and reluctance that I felt at having to go to that meeting where I had to admit to myself and others that I WAS AN ALCOHOLIC - the one thing that I hated my father for I had become.
The main reason I began my road to recovery in AA was, I knew I needed the strength and support of a fellowship where meeting and talking to others, who were traveling the same lonely, frightening path that I was on, would help me to "stay sober," while I continued with my individual therapy. But as much as I cherish those first couple of years in AA, I came to the realization that there had to come a time where not drinking became a personal choice and not just the choice of the group. I saw too many people who switched their addiction from the drugs or alcohol, to the group and who wouldn't miss a meeting if their lives depended on it and for many it did. And then there were the ones who moved on to other 12 step programs because they were sober but now they were attending Overeaters Anonymous or Workaholics Anonymous or Co-Dependents Anonymous because the root causes for their original addiction remained. Yes, it was healthier than being in the addiction but they still seemed frozen in time because they were still "dependent" on something outside of themselves for validation and strength or had simply switched addictions.
I left AA, but I stayed sober because I began my journey in one-on-one therapy where I was willing to do the work, no matter how painful, to heal my wounded psyche. And I did it with a therapist who allowed me to heal at my own pace and who never, ever, led or told me what I should feel, think or do. She was my guide, my mentor, my belief system when I did not believe in myself, and she let me go when it was my time to go.
When I was in my addiction I always felt like I didn't fit in with the rest of the world; but when I left AA with the belief that one had to finally make their choice not to use, a personal choice and stop being co-dependent on an outside source, I felt like I was different, there, too, and did not "fit in" with the traditional treatment for addicts. I truly believe the reason for relapse is because AA cannot provide the intense therapy necessary to find the root cause of an individual's addiction - I think "getting sober" is the easy part, staying sober, is the hardest thing to do, because then all you have is this open, gaping wound and you will eventually return to the original addiction or find another one to cover the untreated wound.
Today, I feel exonerated and I would encourage anybody who is struggling with recovery to read the book and go find a good therapist, preferably one who is humanistic or holistic (I truly believe you have to treat the mind, the body and spirit because ALL of you is involved in the addiction not just your diseased physical being) and be willing to do the work - not just counting 12 steps and giving it all up to an outside source. I am a deeply spiritual being and I believe addiction stands between you and that spirituality but you must find your own path and be willing to go it alone while in therapy, but know that you are never alone in healing. And by all means, incorporate the individual therapy with a group, such as AA, because it is extremely healing to hear your fears, pain, anger and frustrations, echoed in others - it depletes that sense of aloneness.
I am grateful for 23 years of sobriety and I am grateful that there are those in recovery programs who finally "get it" and are working on treating the mind, body, spirit! Don't give up on yourself or someone you love in addiction - I only wish those who came before, and lost to addiction, had the same opportunity.
"Seek not the favor of the multitude, for it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of the few, and number not the voices, but weigh them." Immanuel Kant
- The best book ever written for addictive behaviors!
You know, I've never really swallowed the idea that alcoholism is a 'dis-ease' and that someone struggling with addiction is 'powerless' over anything...my husband has been battling addiction for 10 years and I've always believed that there was an underlying cause that made him want to 'medicate' himself but had never found any major supporter of the idea until this book was released. It's like an AH-HA moment for those of us that believe in our own power. I've fought for years with my husband's fellow 'recovering addicts'; some of which have been sober for 15 years, that it's a choice, not an illness. When someone offers you that drug, bottle of beer, or whatever tool you've used, you have the choice to say 'yes, I'll take it' or 'no, thank you.' To me it's always been that simple...so you are NOT powerless...you HAVE the power to say yes or no. This book opened up the realm of self power to let me (and my husband) take back the responsibility for his actions...which, in itself, has begun the healing process; he's no longer a 'victim' of a dis-ease. We can't afford a place like Passages, nor can we afford all of the healers that they recommend; however, the mind is the MOST powerful of all healers and we have the power to heal ourselves once our plane of thinking has been opened. WE WILL SUCCEED!
I highly recommend this book to ANYONE that has been to AA but does not feel confident with its "give it to God" concept of lack of self-control; for you are the ones that 'know' deep down inside that there's more to this than a diagnosis of a dis-ease. READ THIS BOOK! Then continue on your path to soul search and find that hidden hurt that's taken you to this place. Set yourself free.
I am truly grateful to these two men for writing and publishing this book. They are true angels.
- Not a self help book
This book is a 300+ page advertisement for the author's treatment center.
Few if any could afford to hire the staff they recommend to complete the program...more info
- Alcoholism and Addiction Cure
Chris and Pax Prentiss have managed to get to the core of dependence. There were many, many enlightening facts in this book. As Chris points out, we have been treating people for years because they were "scratching". Hopefully, we can begin to figure out what is making them itch in the first place! I have highlighted so many sections in this book, and I've been sharing them with my family and friends. ...more info
- What a crock!
How can you "cure" what is NOT a disease?!? I tried holistic, psychological, religious and "behavior mod" attempts to get sober for 8 years!!! They nearly killed me! Until I accepted that I could not accurately and consistently predict the outcome of any "drinking episode" (ie I am powerless...) I continued to attempt to control my drinking. Accepting my condition enabled me to begin to deal with it effectively. I have 22 years sober! This is a fancy book to sell a $50,000.00 a month TREATMENT program that is NOT based on the latest research! Do not be fooled by good marketing, hype and drummed up controversy!...more info
- Could not put this down- Amazing!
A little about me, then why I love this book:
39, M Drinking since 18. Pot at 22. Lots of Alcohol, cocaine and X at 26. Some would consider me straight, some consider me gay and some consider me bisexual. I consider myself 'Ron', I am me.
I do not label myself.
Why? That limits me.
This is perhaps the reason I found drugs and alcohol to be my 'God'. Took away all the confusion.
After I was introduced to cocaine at age 26, my alcohol consumption tripled. I do not need to go into details on what happens when you start using cocaine on top of alcohol, most of you reading this will know.
For 6 years I ran my life consumed by drugs and alcohol and even starting selling cocaine to support my habit. Long story short a 'friend' left my house with a buy and was pulled over...hours later I was busted by 13 policemen. This was the beginning of the end.
Needless to say I was busted, plead guilty and did some time.
Prison was not an issue with me, I really made the best of it and took the rehab program while I was on the inside.
What was upsetting? Having to see my Mother and Father through a piece of glass and giving her a 'hug' like I was E.T., touching fingers.
Something was just not right.
For the first time since I was an early teen I was completely drug and alcohol free for 6 months. I felt great, had my head clear and was ready for release.
I was released on good behavior and parole. Wow was it a whole new world.
Walking the streets of my town upon my arrival I was bombarded by people asking me 'are you holding' , meaning did I have any cocaine.
I told them no, I just got out of jail. I ran back home shaking, only to realize this is how it would be for a while.
Days went on and everyone realized now that I was reborn. Rumors were flying that I was just released from jail, found Jesus and turned straight. 2 out of 3 aint bad!
While I was on the inside I did attend 12 step meetings, and continued those for 5 years after release. My life was going great. Still though something just wasn't sitting right. I was still empty. I would go to these meetings thinking why are these people so angry? I would go to meetings and be worse after. I realized I was missing God and just wasn't connecting with the people in the rooms. I was never and never will be into 'clicks', I am my own person.
Late one night I was flipping through the channels and saw Joel Osteen.
Through his help and inspiration, I have grown from a person that was missing Faith, to someone filled with Faith.
That man has helped me change my life. I really recommend him to anyone.
Still attending meetings I started thinking about what Joel teaches, about negativity.
His encouragement and insight really doesn't mix well with AA/NA meetings in my opinion.
Meetings, in my opinion are all about negativity. Labeling ourselves as addicts and alcoholics. Telling us if you don't do to meetings you're going to drink.
Telling us only meeting makers make it! Excuse me? I will make it regardless! I drank because of fear and abandonment, now these meetings are pumping fear back at me?
I also had an incurable disease that will be inside of me forever, with no hope?
WOW. If you tell something like that to an addict or alcoholic, what will they want to do? DRINK AND DO DRUGS! This just doesn't add up.
So many contradictions in those meetings. Too much anger and poor mees for me to stick around. Needless to say I stopped going about a year ago and have felt so much better. No therapy, just Joel and a lot of self help. Even friends noticed the difference in me not attending meetings anymore.
Let me say this before I get attacked that meetings did help me in the beginning and I am not saying don't go. They can help and they did. However, meetings didn't stop me from drinking I STOPPED MYSELF! Stop with the crutch! In my opinion those meetings do more damage than good. Times have changed.
Now to this book:
Simply amazing. If I found this in my early days of abstinence I believe this would have helped me more and faster than the meetings. Even though I've been alcohol and drug free for almost 7 years, I still find this very helpful. The author tells us how we have to deal with the underlying issues that causes us to drink and use.
We are not diseased!
Wow, what a relief!
I was in the gym one day with this book taking a break when a woman grabbed it and looked at the cover. She continued to hold it in her hand and read the back. I was over by the free weights watching her through the mirror, thinking about how to approach her. I walked over and told her that it was an amazing book. We continued to talk and she had told me she was a few months sober and was having a hard time at meetings. I showed her the paragraph that tells us alcoholism is not a disease, she started to tremble. I asked her if she was okay. She got more out of that reading than any meeting she had been to.
"THAT GIVES ME HOPE", as tears ran down her face.
I gave her the book, I had to. I made a new friends and just ordered another.
She loves the book and is telling friends about it.
If 12 step meetings aren't helping, get this book!
If you do go to meetings, still get this book. It may help broaden your knowledge and help those that just don't connect with meetings.
If you are in the depths of addiction, there is hope. Life does get better.
Thank you Chris and Pax!
Blessings to all,
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