- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (Dec 24 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060958030
- ISBN-13: 978-0060958039
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors Paperback – Dec 24 2002
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
“In a field rife with misinformation, this book represents a bright beacon of light... I recommend it wholeheartedly.” (The Psychoanalytic Quarterly)
About the Author
Lance Dodes, MD, is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in the Division on Addictions. He has been director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard's McLean Hospital and director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He has been elected a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
That said, his limitation is derived from his strength; he focuses solely on the individual. Unfortunately, he does not address what I see as an equally important consideration, the individual in the environment. Addiction will remain such an attractive alternative, especially to our youth, as long as we focus only on negative behaviors such as addctions, and neglect to provide ready access to programs that develop competencies in a wide range, good community recreational programs, and options for training and jobs.
The case history presentation makes for easy reading. The author's credentials and experience merit consideration from a wide range of readers.
As has been typical of authors critical of the 12 Step program, Dodes picks on it at points that are not defended. Most 12 Step approaches require that an addict want to stay sober more than to be addicted, which screens out those who are unwilling to be relieved of their addictions. His approach seems to be to talk his patients into that attitude. He caters to those who seem to want undivided attention before they will take steps in their own behalf. This is how he makes his living.
By the time the reader makes it to the last chapter to discover Dodes' solution to the addiction problem, he will have the sneaking suspicion that there is nothing novel to be learned. And he will be right. Dodes recommends psychotherapy to rid the patient of his past demons, to understand his addiction, and to lose that feeling of helplessness. Does this deserve an entire book? 12-Step programs, which ask an optional [money] donation, provide experience, strength, and hope. But you have to be willing.
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews