The Sophisticated Alcoholic Paperback – Nov 16 2011
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The Sophisticated Alcoholic is welcome addition to the literature on excessive and addictive drinking.The book is aimed at those who know they are drinking too much, want to drink less and need to find out how. Its pragmatic, practical and optimistic approach to alcoholism is a useful counterweight to those who take the view that alcoholic addiction cannot be reversed but can only be held in abeyance by abstinence and a life time of regular attendance at self-help groups. It takes the view that the disease model of alcoholism is defeatist, irresponsible and wrong (and depressing). Central to the book is the argument that changing beliefs and perceptions is at the heart of tackling excessive and damaging drinking. Changes in perception are most effective at the unconscious level using hypnotherapy. The aim is to completely change a person's relationship with alcohol so that it is no longer important. It has useful step-by-step guides and an illuminating section on the importance of spiritual enlightenment. The book offers the refreshing and optimistic view that everyone can change -- you are not a slave to your genes or an incurable disease. Ed Mitchell, (Former ITN Newsreader and Journalist. A life almost destroyed by Alcohol.)
About the Author
David Allen is a therapist and ex abuser of alcohol based in Tonbridge, England. He is a specialist in spiritual regression and behavioural change specifically with alcohol related issues.
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He tells us that a thorough understanding of the causes of alcohol abuse is required in order to change one's relationship to alcohol. He describes the tools which he has successfully used to deal with the underlying causes of abusive drinking, and introduces the reader to the use of hypnosis therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in relation to the problem. The last part of the book details his step-by-step program for altering core beliefs and creating permanent change.
He intends to talk specifically to those drinkers who manage their abuse of alcohol so that it only minimally interferes with their functioning. Having been one of those drinkers himself, he clearly understands how hard it is to consider alcohol a problem when there are no serious consequences of the behavior to point to. The success of his protocol requires that a client acknowledge the ways in which drinking undermines his or her well-being, resulting in a solid willingness to change. The decision comes first. Once it has been made, this book will provide readers with the information they need to successfully put that decision into practice.
Allen extensively explores modern concepts about alcoholism and its treatment. He acknowledges both modalities that parallel his, and those that are at least partially contradictory in approach. As the child of an alcoholic, and someone who monitors her relationship with alcohol because of that, I found this book to provide new and thought-provoking insight into the problem. It is much more innately hopeful than most of the literature in the field. It is clear, however, that a serious commitment to do the work is necessary for the program to be effective. This is not a program for dabblers.
(InannaWorks.com received a free review copy of this book.)