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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (Nov. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671528580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671528584
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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Former social worker Trimpey, who drank heavily for 20 years, was not favorably impressed with the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings he attended because of their group orientation and what he took to be the religious precepts in AA's Big Book. Several years later Trimpey quit drinking completely, not by admitting that he was "powerless over alcohol," as per AA, but by taking responsibility for his actions and control of his behavior. He then wrote The Small Book (Delacorte, 1992). His technique requires participants to give up what he terms AA's dependent thinking, relinquish the idea that they have an incurable disease, and seize control. Addictive behavior is not limited to alcohol, so drug dependence is included, as well as a separate chapter on gambling. Trimpey's program may work well for readers ready to assume full personal responsibility for their recovery. The practical instructions outlined can be used independently of group meetings or with Rational Recovery groups that now meet throughout the United States. A desirable purchase for public libraries, this is an essential purchase for specialized health and recovery collections.?Catherine T. Charvat, John Marshall Lib., Alexandria, Va.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book simply blows away conventional thinking about the nature of addiction and how to deal with it. It strips away layers of unnecessary equivocation about quitting your drug of choice if thats what you want to do. The key word here is CHOICE. Trimpey refutes the disease model of addiction. It's a poor model indeed because to date there is no scientific evidence, not even good indirect evidence to support it. There is no pathogen or brain disorder that renders someone incapable of abstaining permanently without the need for years of struggle or support. If you believe that support groups are required to kick a drug/alcohol addiction, this book will slap you in the face. Do yourself a favor, feel the pain and let it jar you into re-thinking the whole issue. Especially for the addict who "just doesn't get it" in your local support group, you may save yourself from further struggles; all of them needless. The centerpiece of the book is Addictive Voice Recognition Technique (AVRT). It offers direct, precise, and simple (yes SIMPLE) tools to insure that you will abstain for good. And quite contrary to what one previous reviewer wrote, AVRT puts the responsibility for quitting exactly where it belongs, on you. Once this is realized, you will feel empowered and know that you can do it, once and for all.
And for the record, I was a serious alcohol addict until I read this book. Now, I will never drink again and I will never change my mind. And I feel great. Many in the recovery group movement would conclude that I'm setting myself up for disaster. Phooey!
This is just good old-fashion confidence in my own ability to live my life free of booze.
Think it can't be done? Think again.
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Rational recovery does one thing that AA never will-- empower the individual. Rational recovery shows you that you can control your own behavior, that you don't have to spend the rest of your life dependent on a drug or a group. Step one of AA, on the other hand, is declaring yourself POWERLESS to control your own behavior and quit drugging. Sure, some people need AA to quit drinking because they can't accept the fact that the power to quit has always been theirs. But for all the people out there that still believe in themselves, who don't understand how sitting in a room full of relapsing drunks is supposed to help, Rational Recovery offers a way of thinking that works. As a psychologist with an ex-alcoholic husband, I ought to know.
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After struggling through 12 years of on-and-off sobriety in AA, reinforced by their notion that we are "powerless" over alcohol, I finally arrived at the truth. Jack clearly demonstrates that not only are we *not* powerless over alcohol, but that achieving permanent abstinence is a simple process. I used to be a "recovering alcoholic" who's only hope for the future was tentative one-day-at-a-time sobriety, with daily meetings, and never-ending quests of "self-discovery". That is not hope, that is pathetic. RR offers hope. I am filled with hope! This system works! I do not drink, for I have chosen not to. Nor will I ever take another drink. Nor will I ever change my mind! I have 100% confidence that this is so. Talk about a spiritual awakening -- AA does not even come close!
Go ahead, squander your life away in AA. Or get a life with Rational Recovery. The choice is yours (and contrary to the beliefs of the 12-steppers, you *do* have a choice of whether or not to abstain from alcohol for life.)
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I'm very glad to see that there are other people out in the world whohave made the rational decision to stop drinking. The disease modelsupported and disseminated by AA is dangerous--it attaches a"loser" label onto people who are at their most vulnerable. The fact that they will carry this label around with them for the rest of their lives is diabolically harmful.
As a teacher, I know that attaching labels onto vulnerable people does real damage. Look into any classroom that has the stigma of being considered remedial, and you'll see what I mean. Kids in those classes don't perform well because they lack the self-esteem to do so. Jack Trimpey is right on the money when he says that the AA model perpetuates low self-esteem and white-knuckle sobriety. The changes, according to Trimpey, have to come from within. The problem is that that is hard work--something the "keep coming back" policy of AA discourages.... As some of the stories recounted in Trimpey's book tell us, AA members willingly....abdicate their responsibility....
I agree with Trimpey's ideas about positive reinforcement. I know most students I teach do better when I give them positive models to follow, when I set goals for them that challenge them and make them feel like they are the masters of their own destiny. Instead of negative reinforcement found in AA, why not choose the alternative of the positive kind of reinforcement outlined in this book? The kind of changes Trimpey talks about are more difficult, but ultimately more rewarding.
Like many problem drinkers, I tried AA. I too found it hostile to my very real desire to stop drinking. I felt suffocated in meetings and although I only attended a few, I have my share of AA horror stories.
I admire what Trimpey is attempting to do--he's taking on the whole 12-step industry. It's about time someone did.
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