Most addicts and alcoholics are viewed by society as weak and immoral, and unfortunately, many addicts believe that to be true. Because addiction often leads to immoral behavior, when addicts try to quit, they're seen as bad people trying to get good. But with this belief about themselves, they're almost sure to fail. A better way to look at it is that addicts are sick people trying to get well. That works. And if you want to see how, then you should read "Enough Already" by Bob Tyler.
Tyler accepts the bio-psychosocial model of addiction - a combination of genetic, psychological, and social factors that intertwine and contributes to the development of the disease. He also believes there is a strong spiritual component, that the addict lacks an awareness of the existence of greater meaning in life.
Tyler gives many strategies for relapse prevention, suggestions for working the twelve steps, and tips for finding the right twelve step meeting. The adage that there's strength in numbers applies to recovery. I, by myself, cannot fight my addiction. It's too cunning, baffling, and powerful. After taking one too many butt-kickings, it's now obvious to me. So if I surround myself with other people, whose goal is the same as mine, then together we can beat it. That is the whole premise to the twelve step philosophy - one addict or alcoholic helping another. If I ever stop going to meetings, then I again become lone, defenseless prey for the beast who is always getting stronger.
Tyler himself has been sober since 1988, and in 2007, he became the President of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. He draws from his own personal experience with addiction and recovery to present a perfect guide for the addict or alcoholic who wishes to recover.
David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"