Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction Paperback – Nov 1 1996
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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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Since AVRT wastes no time in getting to the point, I will demonstrate AVRT by presenting a transcript drawn from a conversation with a woman I'll call Virginia, who telephoned the Rational Recovery office in 1994. Read the first page
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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.
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.)
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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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 20 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
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