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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (Nov. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671528580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671528584
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 14 2002
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31 2000
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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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By Betty Skonnord on June 16 2014
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I ordered this book for my workplace but decided to read it myself. I had not heard of AVRT before and so found this approach fascinating and am convinced the program has a great deal to offer. I would like to give it a higher rating for this reason, but . . . I am only about a third of the way through the book and am having trouble finishing it because the author spends so much time being so negatively vociferous concerning 12-step programs, that I find it off-putting. I wish that he would just say such things once, in a complete way and then be done with it and get on to the positives his own program has to offer. Perhaps when I have finished the book I would rate it differently but at this point it barely rates a two because of this extreme negativity.
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By Robaby on Nov. 9 2013
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Thank you... I always thought there were PERSONAL issues I had with twelve step programmes. Particularly the powerlessness part, and most disturbingly, the constant barrage of comments from members that I was "guaranteed" to fail without them. I understand the disease modality, but there is no character defect or spiritual issues with me. I made my choices and I'm making them now. This closer to my philosophy...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Feb. 2 2001
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It seems like you have to read several bad books on the subject of substance abuse to find a gem. This is one of those bad books. As someone who deals with substance abusers on a daily basis I am always looking for alternatives to common recovery methods, so I went in to this book with an open mind. The book had some good points and showed promise, but the author's paranoia overshadowed this. Jack Trimpey's ideas of a government data base of substance abusers in America started out as amusing, but took a disturbing turn when he suggested that incarceration should be chosen over treatment. His ideas gave this reader the impression that substance abusers should take no responsibility for their actions. I did not like the constant advertising done in the book or connecting the ordering of RR catalogues and books to successful recovery. I have read worse books (ie. Games Alcoholics Play) on substance abuse, but I would have much rather re-read Cool Water or the AA "Big Book" instead of this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 2 2003
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AA and the other 12 Step groups are about brainwashing, plain and simple. With a 5% success rate, they really have nothing to brag about. If you've always had a funny feeling about AA or the 12 Step recovery groups, read this book. Rational Recovery gave me my life back. I thought RR were a bunch of atheists or secular humanists, but I was wrong. RR dovetails with any major world religion. It's about using the gifts God gave you without giving up your free will. This book is a life-changer. Learn some simple principles (the whole plan can be summed up in less than 200 words) and live free!
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