- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Impact; 2 edition (Nov. 26 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886230552
- ISBN-13: 978-1886230552
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sex, Drugs, Gambling, and Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions Paperback – Nov 26 2015
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this workbook could be invaluable to the individual who is searching for a reasoned and scientifically researched set of methods for overcoming addiction
this workbook might even be lifesaving
If you are ready for an alternative approach to overcoming addiction, this workbook could make a big difference in your life!"
- G. Alan Marlatt, PhD , Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, Director of Addictive Behaviors Research Center
" alcohol treatment programs in the U.S. have only slowly begun to offer [alternative] treatments the best that science has to offer for overcoming addiction is not widely known If you are considering treatment for yourself or another, you need to be aware of these alternatives This workbook is a good place to learn about them Try these strategies yourself and see how they can be helpful to you."
- Reid K. Hester, PhD , Director, Research Division, Behavior Therapy Associates
" frank and straightforward a common sense and research-based alternative to 12-Step programs a self-help manual with extensive detail, explanation, prudent advice An invaluable resource."
- Mark B. Sobell, PhD , Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University
" intelligent approach extraordinary touch Dr. Horvath has created a step-by-step program to overcome addictions I recommend this book to all professionals interested in innovative and logical steps to enlist the patient's active involvement in treatment and recovery."
- Rodrigo A. Munoz, MD , Past President, American Psychiatric Association
" a common sense approach to a set of very difficult problems For those who have an active curiosity about their trouble and can stay with it, what is offered here will help them understand what they are going through, broaden their understanding of the detail of where they have been, and help them change."
- Robert A. Zucker, PhD , Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Michigan
"I think this book could do the world a lot of good."
- John J. Boren, PhD , Senior Scientist, Treatment Research Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Retired
About the Author
A. Thomas Horvath, PhD, FAClinP , was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland, and the California School of Professional Psychology at San Diego. He is a board certified clinical psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology) in private practice. In 1985 he founded Practical Recovery Services, which offers an alternative to 12-step and disease-oriented addiction treatment. He is a past president of the San Diego Psychological Association and the San Diego Phobia Foundation. Since 1995 he has been president of SMART Recovery, a non-profit network of support groups for individuals abstaining from any type of addictive behavior. From 1999-2000 he served as president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Addictions (Division 50). The division has over 1200 members and is the world's largest organization of addictive behavior psychologists.
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Dr. Horvath begins with the concept that addiction is a habit, and like other habits, it can be changed. While addiction usually has worse consequences than most habits, and changing it can be extremely difficult, it is still a habit, and it can be changed. He defines addiction as "repeated involvement with anything, despite excessive costs, because of craving." He adds that "an addiction is a type of relationship between an individual and [a] substance or activity." The idea that the person is a victim of the substance or activity is erroneous.
He divides his workbook into chapters on the perceived benefits of addiction, the costs of addiction, understanding and coping with craving, choices, and building a new life. Each chapter has an overview, followed by a detailed discussion of the subject. Then comes questions which help readers connect the information to their personal circumstances. Each chapter also includes two or three simple projects designed to help individuals apply the previous information in their lives. Chapters end with a section titled "What's Important Now?" which give readers an opportunity to record their personal growth.
Horvath is at all times encouraging and supportive, realizing that change comes in small increments. He also keeps his advice very practical and doesn't resort to jargon or "psychobabble." He maintains that we all have choices, and recognizes that people feel resentment when told that they have to overcome addictive behavior. Horvath says "regardless of what anyone else thinks, its up to you what happens with your addiction."
Sex, Drugs, Gambling, & Chocolate is designed for those who are choosing to overcome any addictive behavior and need practical help with achieving their goal. Horvath's workbook is based on taking personal responsiblity for your behavior and does not require total abstinance or turning your life over to a "Higher Power," unless you choose to do so.
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