- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Hazelden Publishing; 1 edition (March 22 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616492627
- ISBN-13: 978-1616492625
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #540,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough Paperback – Mar 22 2013
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A SOLID book. It’s filled with good science, which I find both illuminating and reassuring. It’s filled with concrete, positive suggestions for addressing the issues of craving. It’s also compassionate at its core. It’s like, Give yourself a break. There are reasons you do this stuff, and it’s not your fault, but it’s not helping you, so here are some good tools that can give you a way out.”
This book will help addiction professionals be better able to explain cravings and addiction to patients. Anyone who has ever tried to squelch a craving--unsuccessfully--by willpower alone will be interested in this book.”
--Jana Burson, MD, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine; Medical Director, Stepping Stone of Boone; author, Pain Pill Addiction: a Prescription for Hope
"This compassionate book is highly recommended for anyone struggling with cravings or addictions of any type, as a first step on the road to recovery."
--San Francisco Book Review
Inspiring, practical, and insightful for individuals considering or participating in a recovery program.”
About the Author
Omar Manejwala, MD, is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of Catasys in Los Angeles, California, and is the former medical director at Hazelden Foundation. Dr. Manejwala is a transformative public speaker and appears frequently in the national media to address the topic of addiction.
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1. Aristotle was correct and his insight also applies to bad habits that are, at least for me, much easier to develop and then sustain than good ones are.
2. Emotions have much greater influence on decisions than many (most?) people realize.
3. The same can be said of the subconscious mind.
4. Rational decisions are based on logic and/or evidence whereas emotional decisions are often made [begin italics] despite [end italics] them.
5. "Craving" can take so many different forms that the word almost (not quite) defies definition. The same is true of other words such as "aspiring" and "yearning."
6. Positive craving helps to identify self-fulfilling objectives whereas negative craving can result in self-defeating consequences.
7. The values and behavior of the happiest, most successful people indicate a balance of reason, emotion, and intuition.
I am grateful to Omar Manejwala for increasing my understanding of these and other dimensions of human nature. One result is that I now feel much better prepared to recognize cravings and, hopefully, manage them more effectively than I have thus far.
A lot of this book talks about Twelve Step programs, and the aspects of them that are so useful in overcoming addiction and cravings. Because these programs have a long history of success, this is not a bad thing.
I found this book to be a lot more scientific than I’d expected. There is a lot about brain science, and the whys behind cravings. It isn’t necessarily an easy read. But, it’s not so scientific as to be inaccessible, either. I still really enjoyed this read.
One of the things I really liked is that Dr. Manejwala frequently suggests that you find what works for you — not just following some cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach. I also liked that he often states what studies say, but truthfully admits that this or that isn’t necessarily the absolute truth … that more study needs to be done before anything can be accurately determined.
Overall, this is a really good book, and I think it will be really helpful. Recommended.
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It integrates "hard" evidence with the practical experience of Dr. Manejwala in a manner that is logical, insightful and a pleasure to read.
I enjoyed both the scientific and practical applications. I also enjoyed how this book puts its ideas into a broader context. The application of various principles of addiction recovery are explained and illustrated throughout the book. Dr. Manjewala also uses various quotes from works of literature and historical figures which added to my enjoyment.
For those in need of help with an addiction, the book provides several lists and tips that would appear to be very useful. Dr. Manejwala does a great job making science come to life in a way anyone should enjoy.
I read the book to better understand a specific addiction for professional reasons, but those seeking personal relief will find encouragement, support and hope.
My favorite subject to read and study is in the area of Behavioral Sciences. Until the past few years, it was extremely hard to find any credible books in these areas unless you were willing to buy books from self-proclaimed gurus with (although well intentioned) misquoted research and misguided lessons. Today you can find some truly great books in Behavioral Sciences based in sound research but the moment you try to get into a specific area of human behavior you’ll be hard pressed to find many (if any) resources. This is the challenge I had when looking for a book in subject area of “Addiction” and “Craving”.
CRAVING, by Omar Manejwala, is exactly the type of book about human behavior that I love because it is based in sound up to date research (as of 2013). The chapters are written in a way that take some extremely complex ideas and make them understandable allowing us to learn some great lessons from them.
In comparison to other human behavior books, Omar Manejwala’s book being specific to the subject area of cravings and addiction reminds me these other human behavior books in how they impressed me and were specific to a certain subject; like Dan Ariely’s about lying “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty”, Robert Cialdini’s book about influence “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”, and Roy Baumeister’s and John Tierney’s book about willpower “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength”. These are all great human behavior books in a specific subject area and "Craving" is that type of great book for its subject area of cravings and addiction.
I was surprised by how much I learned in some chapters because they are typically difficult subjects to explain/understand. Example: I tried in the past, a few times, to learn more about neurotransmitters which he addresses in chapter two. I don’t know why his method of explaining it was different than all those other times I tried learning about them but how he explained neurotransmitters just made sense and I could gain some insights from them. Other times when I tackled this topic I felt like I needed at a minimum a pharmacology degree in order to understand what the author was saying and wound up more confused than when I started.
This book does teach a lot about general human behavior, but its primary focus after teaching about cravings in general is to address the type of cravings that can become addictions and what the evidence shows as the best ways for recovery. Reading only the description of the book you may not pick this up but it is clear by the time you read the introduction.
I have family that are social workers and deal with addicts on a daily basis. I think this will be a great gift for them.
This book explains the neurological science behind addictions and cravings before talking about the common barriers that prevent control and recovery. As the author gives tips and techniques for recovery I appreciate that he makes it clear that you need to quit or work toward recovery as many times as it takes.
The book ends with some tips specific to the more popular addictions.