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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.
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... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Betty
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2013 by Robaby
I bought this for a friend, who is trying to get her husband to realize that being drunk every night is not the way to live. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2011 by sunandsea
I found this book after abusing alcohol for many years, I've been in and out of treatment centers with little success, after reading this book and following the well laid out plan,... Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by mike
After having read this book through I made up my mind to quit for good,
it's been about 4 months and I've started over 5 times now, so I thought I might be better off getting... Read more
I tried, I read this book twice, made a big plan etc. etc.
all I lost was my money.
be wary of people who hear voices.
This book is about as retarded as the AA Big Book. Just keep drinking. Don't worry about it. You'll be dead soon.Published on Feb. 19 2004
A more aproppriate name for this book would be " Yet Another Tool " the use of cognative therapy has been used to treat addictions for years with little success, theres... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004